Of these patients, several cannot be released back into the wild due to their injuries. All of these patients require supportive care everyday and some, those with more serious issues, more medical care on top of everything. We are working on a transfer of one of our non-releasable Golden eagles to a facility in North Carolina where he (our eagle) will be living with a female eagle in a static display situation, meaning there will be little handling of these birds. They will not be used for educational programs on the fist. I feel this will be the best situation for this particular bird. As the rehabilitator, we are responsible for what is best for our patients and that varies, of course, from animal to animal. We will also be placing another one of our Goldens with a facility in Indiana, along with our non-releasable Peregrine falcon.
We have recently released 2 Coopers hawks and a Red-Tail hawk, a Long-Eared owl, an American Kestrel and a Cottontail rabbit. All of these releases were successful and went off without any problems.
The days are becoming cooler, as are the nights and Fall migration is on. Hummingbirds have already moved on and the raptors are already in process of migration as well. I've seen a few Turkey Vultures still in the area, but that should change any day. Soon, the Merlins and Rough-Legged hawks will be arriving in Utah. So much change going on and life goes on, sometimes needing our help along the way. Enjoy the photo's.
|Connie holding Sandhill Crane on intake exam|
|Adult Raven electrocuted and burned in Carbon County, Utah|
|Adult female Coopers hawk that will not be able to survive in the wild. Looking for placement in an educational program for this girl.|
|Connie holding one of our newest Golden eagles from the Mounds area of Carbon County, Utah|
|Male Kestrel on banding day just before release.|
|Long-Eared owl on release day.|
|First year female Red-Tail hawk from San Juan County, Utah. Gunshot victim.|
|Adult female Swainsons, hawk from Salt Lake County. Gunshot victim.|