Saturday, September 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We have taken in many more birds and been able to do a few releases. We look forward.to the releases as that is the 'pay off' for our work. We want successful patients BACK where they belong after taking care of their injuries and illnesses and preparing them for their lives in the wild. In order to do this successfully, we have to know WHAT it is that animal does in the wild, what it's niche is. Then we have to be sure they can carry out this life, as intended. There is a great deal to wildlife rehabilitation. Many fields of expertise are required to do this correctly. I love being a part of this profession. It's a life long learning situation, as it should be.
We are currently caring for six Golden Eagles. We have two that we know can never be returned to the wild, due to their injuries. We will hopefully be able to place these two individuals, with one of the Native Eagle Aviaries in the country, permitted to take non-releasable eagles. Our newest Golden will be having surgery this Thursday for a fractured humerus in his right wing.
We have also taken in two gunshot victims. One, a Swainson's hawk from Salt Lake County and the other, a Red-Tail Hawk from San Juan County. Both have been turned over to our state's wildlife officials in order for cases to be opened up and investigated. The Red-Tail hawk is in poor condition as the initial gunshot happened between 10-14 days ago. The bird has been unable to hunt and therefore is very thin and dehydrated. The wound is also infected. My job with him, at this point, is to get him stronger and take care of that infection and manage his pain.
We are getting ready to release a Ferruginous hawk that came to us from Monticello, Utah with 'failure to thrive' issues.
Our Barn owl is about ready to be released as well. She has already been banded. We intend to let her go near here at an area known as Desert Lake. It's a great area for an owl and she should do well. She also kill tested successfully.
We admitted a Long-Eared owl recently. This little guy came to us from the town of Ferron, Utah. He has head trauma, but we can find nothing else.
We also took in another Swainson's Hawk, this one from Summit County that appears to have been electrocuted. There is some trauma to one of the feet/toes that we need to be concerned about, but x-rays showed no broken bones.
Also, we released our little cat caught Robin yesterday. This bird was mangled. I haven't seen many in the shape he was in, survive. He did very well and with new feather growth, happily took off. I'm glad the people brought him to us immediately, instead of minimizing the problem so that we could start antibiotics immediately. This was crucial to saving his life.
We have many more patients, but no more time for blogging. Thanks for checking in.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
They are doing this with the help of Hawk Watch International. There may be others involved, but I only know of HWI. I'm sure there are several factors involved, not just one. This isn't a result of the cyclical aspects of their prey either. Something else is going on. We will just keep doing our part with helping those that need rehabilitation in some way.
Our fundraiser went really well. I have such wonderful support from that area and Yrma, Dave and Sara really worked their butts off gathering support, donations and working on the event itself. We had many local artists support our work. I personally appreciate everyones work and support.
We hope she is successful in her life. She is a two year old bird, so clearly knows how to hunt and kill so we did not need to go through that step with her.
Thanks for checking in. I'll try to update again here soon, but we are right in the middle of busy season for all wildlife rehabilitators everywhere. Remember, please support your local wildlife rehabilitator. A call to your local State wildlife office will tell you who that is. We are professionals that spend our lives caring for our native wildlife.
Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.
Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.
used with permission by Arlene Powers