Boneyard Creek Community Day 2019

Boneyard Creek Community Day is an event held one Saturday every April in Scott Park in Champaign. The purpose of this day is to “promote appreciation, stewardship, and naturalizing of our local stream corridors.” 2019 was the 14th year that community volunteers joined together to clean litter throughout Boneyard Creek and its surrounding parks. Members of the Wildlife Medical Clinic took a few hours out of their Saturday morning to dedicate time to cleaning these gorgeous parks! Continue reading

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

By: Monika Liszka, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2022

In 2018, the Wildlife Medical Clinic cared for 33 turtles, including Eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders, painted turtles, Northern map turtles, river cooters, and snapping turtles. As the spring weather brings warmer temperatures, the Wildlife Medical Clinic sees a noticeable increase in turtle patients. This isn’t surprising, as these animals had been bromating (hibernating) throughout the colder months and are now becoming active again. Unfortunately, many of these patients arrive at the Clinic injured after being hit by a car. You might think to yourself, why would a turtle leave a nice pond and try to cross a busy street? Continue reading

Dr. Sander speaks about Spring Migration

Dr. Samantha Sander, one of the directors of the Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois, joined the hosts of ciLiving this April to talk about some of the birds may expect to see migrating through Illinois this spring! She also shares some great tips on how to safely set up feeders for some of these beautiful birds. Read more on the ciLiving page here: https://www.wcia.com/ciliving/spring-bird-migration-in-central-illinois/1914952883