Foothills Learning Center Event

Saturday, March 14, AIDA was one of several environmentalP1030145RS groups invited to the Foothills Learning Center to share their mission and passions with local families.

Bill London, IDF&G, gave a presentation on “Spring Arrivals” and what it means each year to our native wildlife. 

Beverly Taylor RMBC Employee

 Sandra Williams, AIDA’s Volunteer Coordinator along with Beverly Taylor of our avian facility, the Ruth Melichar Bird Center, spent their time answering questions about AIDA’s work with orphaned wildlife, recruiting new volunteers to help, and showing off some of our early Spring babies, three and five-week old orphaned squirrel babies.  “I call it First Contact”, said AIDA’s Volunteer Coordinator Sandra Williams.  “It’s that moment when a person actually makes their first real connection with wildlife. It was amazing to watch 4 baby squirrels melt a room.”


Over 250 visitors were in attendance Saturday, and we were very P1030135RSglad to be a part of it.  We would like to thank Carolyn Volk and the Foothills Learning Center for making AIDA a part of this annual event.  We are always happy to share our passion for wildlife rehabilitation and our commitment to serve the wildlife in our community.

Barrow’s Goldeneye

This handsome boy was received mid-December
  • A medium-sized black-and-white diving duck, the Barrow’s Goldeneye was originally described from a population living in Iceland. It is, however, primarily a duck of the western mountains of North America.
  • The Barrow's Goldeneyeis rather long-lived for a duck, with one individual reaching 18 years of age. Most females do not breed until they are three years old.
  • Breeds along lakes in parkland, especially alkaline lakes. Winters along rocky coasts.
  • These ducks feed on aquatic invertebrates and fish eggs, occasionally small fish and vegetation
  • Goldeneyes’ nest in tree cavities or nest boxes, lined with downy feathers from chest of female.
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye dive underwater to capture prey on bottom. Flocks often dive together.

Award of Appreciation to AIDA’s Founders

Sisters Toni Hicks and Mady Rothchild, founders of “Animals In Distress Assn.” received an “Award of Appreciation” on Thursday evening, February 26, 2015 at the Idaho Fish and Game Dept.  Their dedication to the wildlife and their service to the community has spanned almost 3 decades.

2015-02-26 20.48.08  “I again thank you for your service to the Fish and Game Dept, the Wildlife and the public.”

Charlie Justus 

Regional Conservation Officer  Idaho Fish and Game