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Common Wildlife Rescue Situations

Click through the animals below for more information about common situations and rescue tips for Long Island wildlife. 

If the animal is not listed and you cannot resolve the issue with our FAQ, feel free to contact our 24-hour wildlife hotline at (631) 728-WILD (9453).

Remember, not all wild animals need our help. A wild animal’s place is in the wild.

Animals We Help

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s mission is “To preserve and protect our region’s native wildlife by providing rehabilitation services and education to raise public awareness of the factors that threaten its abundance and diversity.”



Don’t get too upset if you hear peeping from your backyard in the springtime. Mallards and other species will often build their nests in your shrubbery to have their family. It is best to discourage them as the nest building …

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Song Birds

Songbirds (passerines) are hatched naked, blind, and helpless. Both parent birds work all day to bring their young food. When the nest is disturbed, the young will “gape,” signaling the parents to feed them. At 3-4 days of age, the …

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Birds of Prey

Birds of prey are also called raptors and are magnificent animals. They come in various sizes in our area from the smallest Saw-Whet Owl to the largest, the Bald Eagle which is spotted periodically in East Hampton and Southampton. Raptors …

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Whether you’re a country bumpkin or a city dweller, you’ve all seen the antics of our most common squirrel, the Eastern Gray Squirrel. As with most animals you can usually expect to see baby squirrels, with or without their parents, …

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Raccoons are extremely intelligent and resourceful creatures, possessing a seemingly boundless curiosity. They are able to adapt to a wide range of environmental situations, whether it is backwoods wilderness or urban cityscape. These traits have allowed raccoon to flourish under …

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The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit can be found in almost every type of habitat and breed in our area from early spring until September. The average size of the litter is 4-5 young. The nests are commonly found in areas where …

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One of the most fascinating creatures to share Long Island with us is the Virginia Opossum. These nocturnal creatures occupy a special ecological niche as North America’s only marsupial. Although we may only rarely catch a glimpse of a live …

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Consider yourself lucky to see a red fox in your backyard! They are extremely smart and wary creatures. Although they are canines, they are very feline in behavior at times. They can climb right up fences and branches when you …

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The largest and the most controversial mammal indigenous to the remaining forests of Long Island’s East End is the white-tailed deer. This creature finds it easy to live near humans and is quite adaptable to our rapidly changing geography. Unfortunately, …

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Bats are yet another fascinating and often misunderstood animal which call Long Island their home. Bats are the only mammal capable of real, or powered, flight. Almost all of our bats are insect eaters and they will emit high-frequency calls …

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Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the other side of course! We have a few different species of turtles in our area. We have Eastern Box Turtles, Wood Turtles, Eastern Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtles, Spotted turtles, …

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Long Island has 13 different species of native snakes. None of them are venomous, poisonous or in any way dangerous to humans, although they may bite in defense. Some of our snakes are quite beautiful, such as the strikingly colored …

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