Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

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Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves. I was working at the Coastal Wildlife Rescue Center here in Alabama, and he had either been blown in during a storm or caught a ride on a ship. I went into a cage of young Great Horned Owls one night carrying thawed rats,” said Linda Hufford. “I Birds wildlife rehabilitator injuries wildlife rehabilitators

Wildlife Rehabilitators vs. Bird Thieves

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I’d check my bank statements anyway,” cracked Michele Wellard, of Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill Center Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic , during one of our frequent Rehabber FaceBook Free-For-Alls. The Common Grackle pictured at left was a patient at Wildlife Care Alliance in Virginia. “I Eileen Wicker of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky has an unreleasable Turkey Vulture who has a thing for hats. Birds Bird Behavior wildlife rehabilitators

Get Thee To A Wildlife Rehabilitator

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Why does this little Screech Owl look so horrified? If that’s not possible, she needs the knowledgeable care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabbers love the public. Somehow they manage to get the bird or animal to a rehabilitator, even though finding one is often a feat in itself. Why do wildlife rehabilitators not love the public? Birds injured wildlife orphaned wildlife screech owl wildlife rehabilitators

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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Occasionally I host wildlife rehabilitator vent-fests, where I post a question on Facebook and duly note the rehabber responses. Today’s topic comes from Tracy Anderson in Hawaii: what was the strangest container (or method of transport) in which you have received wildlife?

Springtime Tree Cutting and Wildlife

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The Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center in Norristown covers four Pennsylvania counties (including Philadelphia) and takes in over 3000 animals a year. After a similar procedure, Moya’s watch-me-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-my-hat trick produced a fuzzy nestling Eastern Screech Owl.

Power Companies and Springtime Tree Removal

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Maggie Ciarcia, a solo wildlife rehabilitator in Carmel, NY specializing in small mammals and game birds, received a notice from New York State Electric and Gas that tree trimming was scheduled for her neighborhood and someone would contact her. No wildlife rescue required.

Mikal Deese: Dead Bird Flies Again For Love

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This guest blog was written by Mikal Deese, Wildlife Educator, Rehabilitator, and founder of On A Wing And A Prayer in Corrales, New Mexico. Back in October, ON A WING AND A PRAYER was brought an injured Great Horned Owl who had been found on the median of a rural interstate highway several hundred miles away She was a great big female, presumably hit by a vehicle. He visited her every night, sitting on top of her enclosure so they could sing owl-ey duets.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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H is for Hawk was a hit for Helen Macdonald a few years back; and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger; and Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg are, each of them, delightful books as well. Reviews Blue jays book review wildlife rehabilitatorsThe last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.”

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Wildlife Rehabber Misidentification

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“Here’s an idea for a blog,” wrote Donna Osburn, a wildlife rehabilitator from Kentucky. Erin Smithies-Baker wrote, “I once had someone call and say they were bringing me a baby hawk … or maybe an owl… no wait, a heron … I couldn’t wait to see what the heck this baby hawkowlheron was. I had a cockatoo, a vulture, a Snowy Owl , and various hawks that all turned out to be pigeons,” wrote Joanne Cina-Dreeben.

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Birds and Bling

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Wildlife rehabilitators are not known for our bling. People who work with wildlife wearing nice clothes? Wildlife rehab can be so metaphorical. I had an evil-tempered Great Horned Owl - is there any other kind? Another Great Horned Owl snagged his talon under the wedding band of Vonda Lee Morton’s vet. “He Birds American Crow Bald Eagle brown-headed cowbird great-horned owls Red-tailed Hawk sandhill crane wildlife rehabilitators

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Xena

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Xena is a Eurasian Eagle Owl. She lives with her handler, wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Acton, in upstate New York. Lisa takes her to schools, fairs, and events, and together they show people why they should respect and admire the wildlife who live around them. Owls are smart birds and need stimulation, so they’d supply her with an endless array of toys … including, one day, a roll of toilet paper. Birds Eurasian Eagle Owl wildlife rehabilitator

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Lisa’s Barred in Grill

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What is the number one cause of wildlife rehablilitator burnout? She stopped the car, got out, looked at the front of her Hyundai SUV, and found a live Barred Owl stuck in the grill. She left the stunned but struggling owl where it was, got back on the highway, and drove 40 minutes home. Dimmy arrived home, checked the grill, and there was the owl, alive but certainly worse for wear. Leaving the injured owl in her car’s grill.

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Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

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This week’s guest blog was written by Linda Hufford, who has been a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raptors for over twenty years. She runs Birds of Texas Rehabilitation Center in Austin County, Texas. Upon arrival we were given strict and non-flexible rules: never go even one inch off the ice paths, never allow the tiniest piece of litter to escape, never interact in any way with the wildlife, and cause absolutely no environmental damage.

A Rehabber’s List of Worst Bird Myths

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I asked a group of wildlife rehabilitators: “What are some of the Worst Bird Myths? An injured or orphaned bird must be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as humanly possible, or they will have little chance of surviving. Do not learn about how to care for wild birds from the internet: do take the bird to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If you see an owl,” wrote Mikal Deese, “someone in your family is going to die.

2016 63

India’s Raptor Rescuers

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“It is next to impossible to persuade people in India to donate money for injured raptors,” says Nadeem Shehzad, co-founder of Wildlife Rescue , a registered non-profit in the Chawri Bazar area of Old Delhi. In a sequence of events to which every wildlife rehabilitator can relate, stories of the brothers who cared for injured birds circulated, their telephone began to ring, and their quest for medical knowledge escalated.

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What Is The Sound of One Bird Flapping?

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I reacted that way because I’m a wildlife rehabilitator. I’m used to entering a songbird flight filled with young Blue Jays and having one of them bang into the side of my head by mistake, or entering a raptor flight and having a Great Horned Owl deliberately try to scalp me. Birds wildlife rehabilitatorThis is about two birds flapping, not one, but I needed a title.

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Can A Hawk Carry Off Your 12-Pound Pet?

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Wildlife lovers and rehabilitators, as always, tried to intervene. “I I have been caring for raptors for almost 29 years and not even a Bald Eagle can carry off 12 pounds,” wrote Eileen Wicker, the Executive Director of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. If you see a flyer such as this and you’re unfamiliar with wildlife, you can 1) believe the hundreds of people who write things like “I know for a fact a Barn Owl can carry off a 3-pound Chihuahua!”

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Birds + Bikes

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They rocketed past us, letting out that clamoring alarm call which made me pray they hadn’t found a young, hapless Red-tailed Hawk or a sleeping Barred Owl. Such is the sad truth of die-hard wildlife rehabilitators, who can’t even go on a simple bike ride without feeling compelled to rescue birds who either don’t exist or turn out to be perfectly healthy. Birds crows wildlife rehabilitators

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What’s In the Freezer for Tonight?

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A wildlife rehabilitator friend, newly licensed, recently called to ask if he could feed a recovering Turkey Vulture anything besides defrosted rodents. Normally I feed vultures, as well as hawks and owls, defrosted mice and rats. He then ate a screech owl, a robin, two squirrels, a mourning dove, three chipmunks, and a rabbit. Birds raptors turkey vulture wildlife rehabilitators

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Spotlight: Lisa Beth Acton, Raising Ravens

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This post is from Lisa Beth Acton, a wildlife rehabilitator in Accord, NY. She has a captive-bred education bird named Xena, a Eurasian Eagle Owl. Lisa brings her to all kinds of gatherings to spread the word of wildlife (see Xena’s Facebook page ). They were not aware of wildlife laws, and thought they could raise and release them. Birds common ravens Lisa Acton Lisa Beth Acton wildlife rehabilitator

Do Not Feed Baby Birds Ham

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Wildlife rehabilitators are a multi-tasking lot. We had a Barred Owl they were feeding Doritos.”. “We We have a resident Eastern Screech Owl who was fed dry oats for ten days BY A VETERINARIAN!” A nestling Eastern Screech Owl they fed nothing but fish,” wrote Eileen Hagerman. People walk in and hand you a box, which you know will contain the wildlife and some bizarre food item. Baby birds/wildlife and milk is another entire blog, there are so many. (“It’s

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Frank Gilbert’s Awesome Hospital Cage

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When using a regular hospital cage, the wildlife rehabilitator reaches in, picks up the bird, transfers him to another cage, cleans the original one, then returns the bird. It’s not so good for birds with severe hostility issues, like certain Great Horned Owls , who tend to wait until you open the door, then use the extra space to get a running start and launch themselves at your face. Birds wild bird caging wild bird hospital wildlife rehabilitators

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Glue Trapped

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My very first rescue was a House Sparrow caught in a glue trap,” says Donna Osburn, a wildlife rehabilitator in Kentucky. I tell people DO NOT try to remove the bird,” says Maureen Eiger of Wildlife Care Alliance in Virginia, who gets calls from people who put glue traps in their garage, leave the garage door open, and catch birds instead of mice. Birds birds glue traps glue traps sticky traps wildlife rehabilitator

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Can Nature Take Care of Itself?

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My work as a wildlife rehabilitator over the past forty-five years has allowed me a unique perspective on a disturbing trend. Consider this: ninety percent of birds treated at wildlife centers are admitted as a result of human interactions that have nothing to do with “nature.” Ironically, the time when a person first finds and brings in or reports an injured bird is the ideal time for education, potentially turning that person into one who appreciates wildlife for life.

2015 64

Rescuing the Rescuer

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When the wolf is at the door, a wildlife rehabilitator will let him in. Her fine china repair business pays her bills, but her budget is often strained past the breaking point by the 250-300 birds she takes in per year – such as this Eastern Screech Owl , who is recovering after being hit by a car. Her rented house is threatened with foreclosure, and she’s trying to figure out a way to turn it into a permanent home for Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc.