Monday, February 9, 2009

A snowy update..........

What a wet, cold slushy day. The ducks are the only 'happy' critters on the property!
Well, Shu, the bald eagle, is still doing well. Just as ornery as ever.
Ivy, the female golden eagle, is also doing well, though I'd like to see her a bit more feisty. We had to wrap her wing again today as it was drooping a little.

Walter, the turkey vulture is doing well. He's definitely more interested in the pieces of rabbits that the eagles have left behind than the fresh pieces of red deer meat or elk meat he used to love. Typical turkey vulture!
Fremont, the eagle hit by a coal truck is getting stronger every day. He took a bad turn for a few days. No energy, very listless. We starting his antibiotics again and added a second one as well. We also started his pain med's again and added a second one of those also. We started giving him some good gut flora, such as lactobacillis and acidophillis. This will help with all of the antibiotics he is getting. He also had some heat at his surgery site so another reason for all of the antibiotics.
I've included some pic's of the wing area we're concerned with.

The newest eagle, the female from the Moab area, is doing very well. We had her banded last week, anticipating a release here in the next few days. We're just waiting for the weather to cooperate. We plan on releasing her at an area called 'Dead Horse Point' near Moab.
We put her in the flight pen today. There, she can exercise her wings and move about freely.
She's in there with Glory. They seem to be tolerating each other.

I'll be glad when the weather changes. We have a lot of cleaning to do that we're unable to do during the cold winter months. Hopefully, we can get some volunteers this year to help out with that and some improvements I'd like to make. Right now, I'm just focused on feeding everyone and stressing about funds to care for this years patients. One of our local sources that I've used 3-4 times told me today that they can no longer donate meat to the wildlife as their store policy has changed and it will now be going to the local food bank. Once again, the wildlife loses out to people. When the two come head to head over an issue, the animals lose almost 100% of the time. This applies to those working in domestic rescues as well. I see it all too often!

Our next meeting with the Division of Wildlife Resources in Salt Lake will be in March. We'll have a lot to discuss as the Ogden Nature Center has decided to end the wildlife rehabilitation program they have there. This facility was taking care of the load out of Salt Lake since Tracey Aviary chose not to renew their wildlife rehabilitation permit due to AZA accreditation conflicts.
This is horrible news for the wildlife in the most populated areas of Utah.
The state is so large, that the public, for the most part, isn't willing to drive long distances with their wildlife problems, so that means that they most likely will attempt to care for their 'animals' on their own, with no education, background, knowledge or permits.
We wildlife rehabilitators know all too well what this means and it isn't good.

Well, I'll close for now and hopefully we'll have some great pictures later this week of a release.

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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