Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
We have a lot of patients still with us. The majority are here, 'waiting' for something. They may be non-releasable and we are waiting for the federal approval to move them to their new homes or they may be recovering from surgery and are waiting to have the second surgery to remove devices from orthopedic surgeries. They may be getting stronger, ready for release or healing from other issues.
We have done several releases, including a little Coopers hawk just a few day's ago. We now have 2 more volunteers. Don Allred and Shelby Worthen, both living in the area, are now volunteering for us a few days a week. Don is very good with the wildlife. Shelby is new and learning quickly. She is a student at Utah State University, here in Price. We are grateful for their help and interest in our work. I think both will work out well. This type of work takes a great commitment, not something you can help with every now and then.
We just released a couple more Golden eagles. Here is banding day for one of them. This guy had come to us from the San Rafael desert area. He had been struck by a vehicle and was very dehydrated. There were no broken bones so this bird needed to recover from being struck and dehydration. Once this was completed, time for his release, which the following picture shows. We asked the 'finder' to do the honors of releasing him. A great day!
Another Golden eagle release took place in San Juan county by Mike Camp. I didn't get any good shot's of the release. This is Mike after the toss. Both of these Golden's in these releases were adults, so it was important to put them back in the areas they came from as they most certainly had mates waiting for them.
This is one of our Golden eagles, getting his feet bathed. This bird was non-releasable and permanent placement was found for him in Indiana as an educational bird along with a non-releasable Peregrine Falcon, also brought to us for care. This bird had been hit by a vehicle, most likely a semi-truck as their are many in that area. The call was to pick up a dead bird and upon arrival, Connie also believed this bird was dead, until she went to pick him up. What an amazing creature. Our goal, was to return him back to the wild, but his injuries were just to severe, making this not possible. We felt, with his demeanor, he would do well in an educational facility, so that's when we went to work, looking for the proper place for him to live out his life. We thank the Indiana Raptor Center for their willingness to provide him with that home, along with our Peregrine.
This photo is at the Salt Lake International Airport, the day of transfer. A sad AND a happy day for us.
There is a lot more, but I'll post more later. Thanks for following our blog and our work. Please share with your friends and family to help educate them about wildlife rehabilitation and the work going on around them in all 50 states and around the world.
Get your bird feeders cleaned.....if you take them down for the winter, you will need to put them up soon. I never take our down, we feed year round!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
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