Monday, August 3, 2009

Moving right along.................

Well the transfer of the Prairie falcon to Best Friends went as planned. I drove to Richfield, Utah and met Erin, one of their WildFriends employees'. She will be there until her new feathers come in and then be released down there, somewhere in southern Utah. I'm happy for her that she'll be able to finally be a free falcon and be exactly what she is meant to be and won't be hanging out with people for their own 'selfish' reasons. I'm not a fan of falconry and make no apologies for it!

I also made contact with Arizona Game and Fish regarding the transfer of the other bird involved in the seizure by our state wildlife officials. That bird, a Harris hawk, will hopefully be going to Phoenix at a facility there where it can hang out with other Harris hawks temporarily. We're working on the paperwork end of that, but hopefully we can get this transfer done in a couple of weeks. Then he'll be closer to the life he deserves as well.

We will be releasing the last 2 squirrels this week. I'll be sure to take lots of photo's and the Peregrine will be going into the vet's tomorrow for his x-rays. Hopefully they will show nothing is broken, just swelling and bruising.
That's all for now.

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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