Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center | Morgan Hill, California
You never know when you might have the opportunity to help a wild animal in distress: You may find a bird that has flown into a window, been caught by a cat, or tangled in fishing line, fencing, or kite string; a nest of babies fallen from a tree or bush; or a deer, owl, or opossum hit by a car.
Found a Baby Bird?
During spring/summer there are many wild animals, especially baby birds, which seem to need our help. Over 75% of the wild baby animals rescued by well-intentioned people really do not need assistance. Here are some helpful hints to help you determine the best course of action if you find a baby animal.
Found a Baby Mammal?
Does it Really Need Rescuing? Before picking up any wild animal, BE SURE IT REALLY NEEDS RESCUING! Young animals are often picked up by someone who mistakenly thinks they are orphaned, injured, or abandoned, when they are simply exploring, having left the nest on schedule and are still being cared for by their parents.
If you have read the appropriate link and have a wild baby that you think needs help call:
Hours, everyday: 9:00am-3:00pm
If you do not reach a staff member, please message us on our Facebook page for more immediate assistance:
NOTE: if it is after hours keep the animal in a dark quiet place and call in the morning.
Serving Our Community for Over 30 Years
WERC, the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center provides the community with rehabilitation services for orphaned, injured and sick native wildlife. Through our educational programs, WERC encourages a peaceful coexistence between civilization and our native wildlife.
How to Help
WERC is funded by individual donations that go directly towards the cost of animal food, shelter & medicine. Your support is crucial to our efforts.
In addition to cash donations, we have a wish list of needs that benefit the infrastructure of our facility.
WERC Is Moving In 2024!
We have located a new place to land in Gilroy. Our new space will allow us to grow and be open to the public. We have a letter of support from Santa Clara County and pending a vote by the County Board of Supervisors, we will begin a new chapter in WERC history.
- May 04, 2024, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PMMount Madonna School, 491 Summit Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076, USAThis event is a fun-filled day on the Mount Madonna School campus located at 491 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 in the heart of Mount Madonna County Park. Join us in the morning for our walk-a-thon that winds through enchanted trails lined with majestic redwoods and eucalyptus trees.