Wildlife Rehabilitation

Burdock the orphaned porcupette after release!

It’s baby animal season, 2017.  Life for young animals is always dangerous, but humans have introduced a whole new set of hazards to the world of native animals—cars, cats, window panes, swimming pools. . . As a result you might encounter an animal in need of assistance, and need some assistance yourself.

Please call BEEC at 257-5785 (after hours and weekends, call 254-2918) if you find a wild animal that seems to need help. We can help you evaluate the situation to determine what, if anything, should be done. You can also e-mail .

BEEC naturalist Patti Smith is a wildlife rehabilitator, licensed by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife to treat many species of injured and orphaned mammals.  She can also help you find wildlife rehabilitators who are qualified to treat other animals that need care.

Are you wondering if a young animal you have found needs help? Here are some tips.

Some successful rescues from 2016:

Squiggy et al
Red squirrels, gray squirrel and a chipmunk were odd littermates.
Three young cottontail rabbits were released near the brush pile at BEEC.
This handsome fellow was hit by a car and had to recover from two fractures. He was released back at his home in Norwich Vermont in April 2017, where he climbed right up a tree.



Thistle the porcupine was released in September, and has been seen around the neighborhood this spring, learning the ropes from other porcupines.


Lydia the opossum was released near the Whetstone Brook. We hope she is doing well.