Thursday, July 4, 2013

Rehab finally is in full swing......wishing for a reprieve.

A lot going on here.....don't know where to start.  I'll just start updating and go from there.
Sia, our Golden Eagle that we have had for quite some time now after she came to us after being hit by a car in San Juan County was transferred to Kentucky as an educational bird.  Sia was also a secondary lead poisoning victim and as a result, suffered effects that made her non-releasable.  Eileen Wickers group, Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky also has an education permit, and was looking for a Golden eagle.  I felt Sia would be a good choice and transferred her there.  I hope she does well for them.  We wanted a wild life for Sia, but it could not be.  Lead is a horrible thing and removed from paint and gasoline for a reason, it still finds it's way into our wildlife.  Please educate yourself about these secondary lead poisonings.  We see the devastation it wreaks in wildlife all too often.

The pic is of Sia on her way to the airport.  Good bye angel!

Currently, we have a new Magpie that I'm not sure what has happened to.  He stands very odd.  Not at all like he should. He came in starving to death.  I have a strong hunch this guy may have been kept illegally as a pet.  He also may have West Nile Virus.  I am going to have him tested once he is stronger, but for right now,  my job is to put weight on him.  He is a mystery, no doubt about it.  For all those who have watched The Simpsons, this bird stands like 'Mr. Burns'.

We just recently released a little Screech Owl that came in with a fractured wing.  He healed well and kill tested well, so last week we let him go about 25 miles northeast of Price.  We hope he does well and finds a mate next Spring.

We released a Desert Cottontail that had been cat caught.  Since then, we have had another one brought in by the same finder as the other.  Sadly, it's her cats doing the damage.  This one seems to be doing well.  He needs to grow a little and then, can be released.  We had him on antibiotics as well.

We are also caring for several American Kestrels.  Recently a new little nestling was brought in after being found on the ground.  Sort of late in the year for a fuzzy Kestrel, so I'm thinking this was a second clutch for this mom.

We have also released many Doves, Sparrow, Finches and Starlings.  Most of these were found on the ground, having either fallen or been blown out of their nests.

We are still trying to find placement for our two non-releasable American Crows.  They are not related and came in from different situations, but now, they are bonded to each other.   I believe this will help them deal with their new lives, once we can get them placed.  They have each other so the stress level will hopefully be minimal once they find placement.

Well, I think that's a good update.  So much more is going on here.  Our fundraiser went very well.

 Eddie McStiff's Garden Room at the silent auction.

Linda and Sara at the wetlands in the morning.

Face painting at the wetlands during the morning portion of our fundraiser.

Soon, we should have our veterinarian paid off for last years services for the wildlife.  Thanks for checking in.


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