Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
We will be releasing two Golden eagles from our rehabilitation program, this coming Sunday, November 9th, in Grand County, Utah. These two birds came in, having just recently fledged from their nests. They are not related. Both came from different areas, near Moab, Utah. Both are females and were suffering from failure to thrive issues. Both have recovered and are very aggressive and ready to be released. The photo's were taken while we were banding them. All raptors in our program are banded prior to release. We are taking them back to their general area this Sunday. If you go to our Facebook page, you will find a map and directions to the release. All are invited to attend. The toss should take place at 1PM. If you're late, they will be in the air...................
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Of these patients, several cannot be released back into the wild due to their injuries. All of these patients require supportive care everyday and some, those with more serious issues, more medical care on top of everything. We are working on a transfer of one of our non-releasable Golden eagles to a facility in North Carolina where he (our eagle) will be living with a female eagle in a static display situation, meaning there will be little handling of these birds. They will not be used for educational programs on the fist. I feel this will be the best situation for this particular bird. As the rehabilitator, we are responsible for what is best for our patients and that varies, of course, from animal to animal. We will also be placing another one of our Goldens with a facility in Indiana, along with our non-releasable Peregrine falcon.
We have recently released 2 Coopers hawks and a Red-Tail hawk, a Long-Eared owl, an American Kestrel and a Cottontail rabbit. All of these releases were successful and went off without any problems.
The days are becoming cooler, as are the nights and Fall migration is on. Hummingbirds have already moved on and the raptors are already in process of migration as well. I've seen a few Turkey Vultures still in the area, but that should change any day. Soon, the Merlins and Rough-Legged hawks will be arriving in Utah. So much change going on and life goes on, sometimes needing our help along the way. Enjoy the photo's.
|Connie holding Sandhill Crane on intake exam|
|Adult Raven electrocuted and burned in Carbon County, Utah|
|Adult female Coopers hawk that will not be able to survive in the wild. Looking for placement in an educational program for this girl.|
|Connie holding one of our newest Golden eagles from the Mounds area of Carbon County, Utah|
|Male Kestrel on banding day just before release.|
|Long-Eared owl on release day.|
|First year female Red-Tail hawk from San Juan County, Utah. Gunshot victim.|
|Adult female Swainsons, hawk from Salt Lake County. Gunshot victim.|
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We have taken in many more birds and been able to do a few releases. We look forward.to the releases as that is the 'pay off' for our work. We want successful patients BACK where they belong after taking care of their injuries and illnesses and preparing them for their lives in the wild. In order to do this successfully, we have to know WHAT it is that animal does in the wild, what it's niche is. Then we have to be sure they can carry out this life, as intended. There is a great deal to wildlife rehabilitation. Many fields of expertise are required to do this correctly. I love being a part of this profession. It's a life long learning situation, as it should be.
We are currently caring for six Golden Eagles. We have two that we know can never be returned to the wild, due to their injuries. We will hopefully be able to place these two individuals, with one of the Native Eagle Aviaries in the country, permitted to take non-releasable eagles. Our newest Golden will be having surgery this Thursday for a fractured humerus in his right wing.
We have also taken in two gunshot victims. One, a Swainson's hawk from Salt Lake County and the other, a Red-Tail Hawk from San Juan County. Both have been turned over to our state's wildlife officials in order for cases to be opened up and investigated. The Red-Tail hawk is in poor condition as the initial gunshot happened between 10-14 days ago. The bird has been unable to hunt and therefore is very thin and dehydrated. The wound is also infected. My job with him, at this point, is to get him stronger and take care of that infection and manage his pain.
We are getting ready to release a Ferruginous hawk that came to us from Monticello, Utah with 'failure to thrive' issues.
Our Barn owl is about ready to be released as well. She has already been banded. We intend to let her go near here at an area known as Desert Lake. It's a great area for an owl and she should do well. She also kill tested successfully.
We admitted a Long-Eared owl recently. This little guy came to us from the town of Ferron, Utah. He has head trauma, but we can find nothing else.
We also took in another Swainson's Hawk, this one from Summit County that appears to have been electrocuted. There is some trauma to one of the feet/toes that we need to be concerned about, but x-rays showed no broken bones.
Also, we released our little cat caught Robin yesterday. This bird was mangled. I haven't seen many in the shape he was in, survive. He did very well and with new feather growth, happily took off. I'm glad the people brought him to us immediately, instead of minimizing the problem so that we could start antibiotics immediately. This was crucial to saving his life.
We have many more patients, but no more time for blogging. Thanks for checking in.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
They are doing this with the help of Hawk Watch International. There may be others involved, but I only know of HWI. I'm sure there are several factors involved, not just one. This isn't a result of the cyclical aspects of their prey either. Something else is going on. We will just keep doing our part with helping those that need rehabilitation in some way.
Our fundraiser went really well. I have such wonderful support from that area and Yrma, Dave and Sara really worked their butts off gathering support, donations and working on the event itself. We had many local artists support our work. I personally appreciate everyones work and support.
We hope she is successful in her life. She is a two year old bird, so clearly knows how to hunt and kill so we did not need to go through that step with her.
Thanks for checking in. I'll try to update again here soon, but we are right in the middle of busy season for all wildlife rehabilitators everywhere. Remember, please support your local wildlife rehabilitator. A call to your local State wildlife office will tell you who that is. We are professionals that spend our lives caring for our native wildlife.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
We have 8 Golden Eagles in our care. The most recent came in yesterday from near Scofield, Utah. He will be going to our vets office tomorrow for x-rays, but at this point, I don't believe he will ever fly again.
Our non-releasable Red-Tail hawk, Summit, will be going to Natures Educators in Aurora, Colorado, once all the paperwork is complete. We are so happy for him as he will be a wonderful ambassador for his species.
We are feeding many babies, as usual for this time of year.
We recently released one of our Red-Tail hawks. This bird was released just outside of Helper, Utah near a place called Emma Park. We hope she does well in that area, which is perfect terrain for a Red-Tail.
Thanks for checking in,
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
We just released a Red-Tail hawk that was transferred to us from another rehab facility in need of our help. She was a juvenile hawk and is now free. She learned to kill and was good at doing so, being very aggressive, like most female Red-Tail hawks.
|Todd Andrews releasing the female Red-Tail hawk|
Our electrocuted Raven is doing better. It's been a bumpy recovery for him. He still has a long way to go, but I think we are over the 'hump' and he continues to heal and thrive.
We released all of our Cottontail babies. We had a cat-caught victim and three others that had their nest disturbed by 'gardening' and one sibling was killed and the mother fled for her life. They all did well and were recently released near Price in an area where there is not a lot of human activity or traffic.
At our facility, we rehab many species. Every animal that Utah will allow to be rehabilitated, we work with. Many people are surprised to learn that besides the raptors they know we care for, we also believe that all animals are important and deserve our time and expertise. There is NO difference for us between these Cottontails, the Hummingbirds, the Eagles and so on. They are ALL important.
We also recently released a Northern Flicker, a member of the woodpecker family. This little angel was found in the middle of a busy road. The finder stopped and picked her up and called me right away. She had a concussion and balance issues due to that. Once her issues resolved with anti-inflammatories and time, we released her near where she was found.
|If you happen to notice the bird to the left, that little Eurasian Collard dove showed up to say "hi" after the Flicker landed.|
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Moving on, we are full right now. Having six Golden Eagles with different situations.
We are also caring for other Goldens, one that may or may not be releasable. That bird is being flight tested to determine this. We have a West Nile Golden that we are hoping, with time, will be returned to the wild.
We are searching for a suitable facility for two non-releasable Crows. We have, what we believe to be a male and female and I paired them up since Crows (Corvids) do better in groups. They are such social creatures. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Corvids. They are so fun and challenging to work with.
We also have a Long-eared owl that came in with a fracture in his left wing that didn't require surgery. We are hoping he can be released in time. Cute little guy.
We recently released a Great Horned owl that had come in with a fracture in his left wing. He came from the Hanksville area of Utah. Once the injury had healed, we flight tested him and eventually, was released near here in Price.
Well, that is just some of our patients right now.
Thanks for following this site, Debbie
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