Thursday, April 30, 2009

Warmth in the weather and people's hearts.......



Finally, I think we are having a long forgotten thing called 'spring'. For many years, it seemed to go from winter to summer, but our weather of late is unpredictable, aka 'spring'.
Last Thursday, I had a wonderful group of people show up to do some volunteer work. They raked and cleaned. They also did some needed work on the large flight cage we have. The top has been slowly sagging and needed stretching. It is chain link and had to be pulled and realigned. The old sunshade was removed and new sunshade, which I had purchased a few weeks earlier, was put on. They did a great job! Thanks Cory, Paul and Jeff.
We now have a new patient, a white faced Ibis. It's the first one I've had come into rehab. He was found near Canyonlands, about a 3 1/2 hour drive south of here.
He's going in for an x-ray tomorrow, but he does have a fractured wrist of his right wing. It appears there may be a problem in that shoulder as well, but we'll know for sure tomorrow. He's very thin and has lice, common in a bird that is 'down'. We are treating him for the lice and giving him pain meds for the wrist injury. I've also started antibiotics since there appears to be open skin on the wrist.
These pictures shows what he looks like. They are wading birds and enjoy poking around in the mud and marshes.
Connie and I moved Shu, the bald eagle, to my sub-permittee's place in Moab today. I'm not sure how long this paperwork is going to take, so he'll have more room there to move around and THAT is better for him. We took some pictures and I'll include them in the next post.
Thanks for reading everyone......
Debbie

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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