The summer months brought a whole lot of baby critters in need of some help. Among the numerous baby birds, squirrels and rabbits, there was also a young orphaned Cooper’s Hawk and Swainson’s Hawk. Martin, Susan, and a few busy volunteers keep around the clock care of these young ones making sure they had proper nutrition and environment.
These young chipmunks arrived on May24th. They were very, very weak and dehydrated. They had been found just outside of their nest, with no mother around. After realizing how difficult it is to care for such young critters, the rescuers brought them to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah. Susan began around the clock care with a special formula thinned down to get plenty of electrolytes into them. After initial struggles to get them to take the formula, they began perking up and eating more. Feedings were every three hours while closely monitoring their weight.
Some clips of caring for many different critters including a jackrabbit, some hawks, and some smaller birds. We care for all kinds of critters and they are all equally wonderful and important to us.
This hummingbird arrived from St. George, south of Cedar City. It is likely the bird hit a window and experienced a slight concussion.
The bird stayed for a little while to fully recover and was released down in a warmer region than snow covered Cedar City.
The Southwest Wildlife Foundation takes care of all native Utah Wildlife, even a tiny hummingbird!
This video includes a few follow-up visits with animals introduced previously, as well a quick glance in on our Wildlife Ambassadors during mealtime.
First up, are a couple looks in with the Halloween Turkey Vulture. This vulture has a broken wing and is still recovering. Very wild, and getting stronger, the vulture hisses plenty at Susan and Martin when they enter the chamber to provide food. Visits with recovering animals are kept to a minimum to keep them calm.
The Golden Eagle that was hit by a car and had a concussion and neurological issues is moved back into the larger chamber. He gave some fight to Martin when approached. We are pleased to see the eagle’s fight and strength returning.
Also included in this video is a snippet of one of Martin’s many educational presentations with the Wildlife Ambassadors. With female Prairie Falcon, Cirrus, on his arm, Martin tells the story of another female prairie falcon he worked with who was not nearly as sweet as Cirrus.
On the raptor side in the month of June we received a peregrine falcon with the end of its wing amputated, probably by a barbed wire fence. It is feeding well and the injury is healing. The falcon will never be able to fly. If everything heals up well with no infection we will try to place this falcon in a wildlife educational program.
This Peregrine Falcon is an adult male and was found in the Panguitch, Utah area. It is missing part of its wing and was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation for care by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sunday June 17, 2018.
Hoping for the Best.
June has been an incredibly busy month. Lots of rehab and lots of wildlife educational outreach programs. Large numbers of baby and fledgling finches, sparrows, hummingbirds, robins, says phoebe, shrike and others, came to us for care.
Because most of them were orphans, my poor wife Susan and volunteer KayAnne have been working around the clock with very little sleep. We are so grateful for their efforts. Many of the young birds have been released and are running around our property chasing bugs and doing well.
We are waiting for our applications to be approved for the male Kestrel Falcon to add him to our education permits. We had hoped the kestrel would be able to be released, but due to his broken wing feathers not growing back properly, he is unable to be released back into the wild. However, he is otherwise perfectly healthy and would make an exceptional education bird.
Our deepest thanks to the TV show and web site RightThisMinute for sharing our story of an Eagle’s amazing recovery! Extra thanks to host, Gayle Bass and writer, Josh B, for highlighting the problem of lead poisoning in Eagles.
We’re truly grateful for their wonderful edit and promotion of this tale as education is a crucial element to the work Martin does.
It’s Save the Eagles Day and we’re thrilled to share the story of a saved bald eagle! A large, but immature bald eagle came into our rescue center last week. Its legs were paralyzed and it was suffering from severe tremors. All signs of poisoning.
Lead poisoning is fairly common in this area as people go out to target shoot at Jack Rabbits and they leave the carcasses behind. The eagles, vultures and large hawks find the carcasses and consume them. The lead pellets in the carcasses start to slowly poison the birds. As in most cases by the time the symptoms become severe and they can no long fly or stand, if found, that’s when they come to us.
After a week of fluids, medications and food we have flushed the toxins from the eagle’s body. She is now regaining her strength and scrappy disposition. She now stand, walk and fly the full length of our 40 foot rehab chamber. If she continues to improve, she will be ready for release within the next couple of weeks.
Earlier video of this eagle: