Wednesday, September 17, 2008

busier than expected

Well the last few days have been busy. I've been all over the state dealing with wildlife 'problems'. It sure would be nice if the state would kick in a gas card!
We have an eagle that is getting close to the release date. He came in after falling from his
nest, probably exercising his wings and got a little too much lift.

His entire tail was broken off in the worst possible place. This potentially could take up to one
year to overcome, but things were on his side and h
is tail started coming in within a few weeks.

We're also working with a non-releasable barn-owl. He will be transfered to the Willow Park Zoo in Logan, Utah when he has recovered more. His picture is on today's blog with one of my volunteers, Don Byrge.

There are even more patients we are helping every day, feeding, cleaning their living area's, medicating and much more. There is so much involved in wildlife rehabilitation. As an example, laundry. People don't think about it, but doing what we do requires cleaning and that means laundry, several loads a week and sometimes per day. Cleaning transport kennels is also an ongoing job. We go through a great deal of cleaning supplies in rehab. Maybe a company should use us in a commercial!
Normally this time of year, things are starting to slow down a bit, but it appears this year may be different. Not sure why. For those reading this, think of us during the holidays when donating to "those in need", don't forget about those among us that would die without our intervention. Their aren't thousands of organizations out there dealing or helping with this.
There are a few larger centers that have full-time staff that fund raise for them, but the majority of the work is done by groups like ours, who don't have those luxuries. We have to wear many hats and be the rehabber, fund raiser, cleaners, drivers to and from vets and other trips, animal catchers and so on. Every patient that comes to us, financially "costs" something, whether it be gasoline to pick them up or much, much more. More often, it's the latter.

Enjoy today's photo's and please, pass this blog's site around so we can increase readers.

And remember, every little bit helps them, not us, WE WORK FOR FREE!

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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