We still have several animals with us and for this time of year, that is unusual.
Our newest patient is an American Crow. He was found in Utah County with a terrible injury to the hand portion of his left wing. It had already been healing for at least 10 days, so it looks like the little guy won't be releasable. This makes 3 Crows we have now, that are non-releasable. The other two, I paired up as Corvids don't do well by themselves and those two are now bonded so we are looking for an educational opportunity for them where they can go together. I don't think they would do well being handled, so they will be 'display' birds. They enjoy each others company very much.
Our Great Blue Heron also found a good placement with Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. He had surgery here due to a grouping of small fractures in the hand of his right wing. Unfortunately, due to the blood supply being minimized to the rest of the wing after calcification started taking place, he lost that portion of his wing. We waited for the right opportunity for him and it happened. This is the Aviaries' only Great Blue Heron.
We had a great deal of Ring Neck doves
this year. Fortunately, they have all been released. Many of these birds come in 'cat caught' and have horrible injuries. We have had several chicks still in the nest this year so having some older doves helped with the babies and the language they needed to learn.
We've had a lot of Golden eagles as usual and still have 4 in our care now and 1 down at Best Friends in southern Utah, using their 100 foot flight. Sadly, it was determined, through a lot of watching and time that she cannot go back to the wild. She had been hit by a car near the Colorado border earlier this year and although she can fly, she just can't fly well enough to be released into the wild and survive. We are making arrangements for her and hopefully, within the next month, she will be in a facility in Oklahoma with other non-releasable Golden eagles from throughout the country.
|This juvenile eagle will be released as soon as we can determine she is ready to go. She is a West Nile Virus victim.|
|This juvenile eagle will be ready to go once we get his conditioning complete. He came in from near Moab shortly after fledging off of his nest. He was struck by a vehicle on the busy highway but had no broken bones.|
|A little PoorWhill that came in earlier this year.|
Connie has released a lot of birds this summer. Owls, hawks and many passerines and waterfowl as well.
|A Red-Tail hawk that came in earlier this year. Released by Connie.|
|Our cute little Night Hawk nestlings found near the airport here in Price.|
Well, so much for now,