Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

10,000 Birds

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. My vets wanted to send me to the ER immediately, but I said ‘Forget it, I’ve got the damned bird restrained so I’m not letting go now!’

Wildlife Rehabilitator Slang

10,000 Birds

To civilians who may have been puzzled by the wildlife crowd’s tossed-off references to peefas, modos or mice cubes, here is a beginner’s guide to Rehabberspeak. Just when wildlife rehabilitators have made it through the summer, dealt with fall migration, repaired whatever’s been broken during the chaos, and are just about to try to relax … noooooo. On top of all her other chores, Donna had to swing by the vet (yet again) to pick up medicine for him.

Debbie Souza-Pappas: Our Trapped Golden Eagle

10,000 Birds

This guest blog was written by Debbie Souza-Pappas, the director and founder of Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation in Price, Utah. Ipsen of Payson Family Pet Hospital in Payson, Utah, is our wildlife vet and very skilled at orthopedic surgeries. He has been our vet for many years and sees many of our patients in need of surgery. Birds Debbie Souza-Pappas Dr. Jay Ipsen Golden Eagle Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Utah wildlife wildlife rehabilitator

2016 63

The Eagle’s Rebirth. Yep. Seriously.

10,000 Birds

Okay, folks, today we will be discussing one of those internet pass-arounds which are meant to fill everyone with joy and inspiration, but which make wildlife rehabilitators look for the nearest wall against which to bang our heads. If they really were determined to bang their own faces against a rock until their beaks fell off, wouldn’t they want to swing by the vet’s office first and pick up some antibiotics? Wildlife rehabilitators endure.

Can A Hawk Carry Off Your 12-Pound Pet?

10,000 Birds

That did not stop a New Jersey animal shelter from publishing this rabble-rousing flyer on Facebook, all written in alarming red capital letters: PARK RANGERS AND VET OFFICES ARE PUTTING OUT WARNINGS. 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.

2016 77

Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

10,000 Birds

Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird. The wildlife center was an hour away if I was lucky. That was my first trip to California Wildlife Center. I’d rescued birds before, but this time I had to face the wildlife center with a personal connection to the carnage. Cat and dog rescuers share with wildlife rehabilitators the unfortunate burden of healing the hurt caused by other humans.

2016 72

Sherry Turner Teas: Brown Thrasher vs. Black Widow

10,000 Birds

This blog was written by Sherry Turner Teas, a rehabber in Chattanooga, Tennessee: It started out as a normal day for a wildlife rehabilitator here in Tennessee – giving medicine, cleaning cages, and feeding baby birds. I called my vet, all my fellow rehabbers, and I posted for help in the Wildlife Rehabbers Blog Group on Facebook. Birds birds and spiders birds black widows birds eating spiders Sherry Turner Teas wildlife rehabilitator

2016 68

Spotlight: Lisa Beth Acton, Raising Ravens

10,000 Birds

This post is from Lisa Beth Acton, a wildlife rehabilitator in Accord, NY. 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. We took her to the vet and put her on medication, and somehow she pulled through. Birds common ravens Lisa Acton Lisa Beth Acton wildlife rehabilitator

Those Freakin’ Flat Flies

10,000 Birds

Even the most touchy-feely, circle-of-lifey, we’re-all-one-with-nature wildlife rehabilitators hate them. Flat flies and vulture vomit: either one can send an otherwise cheerful vet technician running from the room. Birds flat flies hawks hippoboscids wildlife rehabilitator See that gross bug on the Red-tailed Tropicbird ? It’s a hippoboscid, otherwise known as a flat fly. I hate them.

2013 78

Identifying the Mystery Bird

10,000 Birds

“Okay, fellow songbird rehabbers,” wrote Vonda Lee Morton of Laurens Wildlife Rescue on her FaceBook page. “Is “He came from a pine tree above two of my vets’ driveway in a fairly heavily wooded area. Birds identifying birds nestling birds wildlife rehabilitators Is this a Song Sparrow ? Tiny little pre-fledgling — nearly fully feathered. Belly’s not bruised; skin tone his purplish-red, as is gape. Feathers on belly, nearly obscured by my thumb, yellow.

2014 81

His Regal Grumpiness

10,000 Birds

On August 21st, Maryjane Angelo of Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation in Pennsylvania received a call from a man who said his nephew was standing in the middle of a rural road, guarding a Bald Eagle. The following morning, the vet’s x-ray showed nothing broken, and there was no sign of head trauma. Birds Bald Eagles bird rehabilitation eagles wildlife rehabilitation

2012 81

Wildlife Appreciation Gifting

10,000 Birds

Hmm, better call a wildlife rehabilitator. Here’s an idea: find out if there’s a wildlife center or nature sanctuary near you. Google the name of your town, followed by “wildlife rehabilitator.” Call your vet and ask who takes care of injured local wildlife. If all else fails, try the Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory. It will hugely appreciated and immediately put to good use by the rehabilitators who receive it.

2014 78

Requiem for a Bat: Mysterious Bat Deaths in the Rockies

10,000 Birds

Not having a smart phone, I called a friend in New York and had him Google up some wildlife rehabilitators’ numbers, but they were all out of service. When the clock ticked over to business hours, it occurred to me to call my vet’s office, and they were able to give me the current phone number of a wildlife rehabilitator — but it was too late.

Bats 63

First White-Tailed Tropicbird Sighted in Connecticut

10,000 Birds

Bowen, a wildlife rehabilitator licensed with CT DEEP for small mammals and reptiles (specializing in bats www.bats101.info) and is also USFWS licensed for migratory birds, specializing in waterfowl. This began the rehabilitation of the first recorded sighting of a White-tailed Tropicbird in the state of Connecticut! Today’s Guest Post is written by Linda E.