Mid-June Update on Patients

The adult Bald Eagle that was hit by lightning is improving despite her challenging situation. Your good thoughts coming her way have helped and given us encouragement as well. 
The maggot infested mess affecting her entire abdomen when she was admitted is a distant memory now as we look forward to her recovery. 


The photos show her abdominal tissue granulating in which the healing process is. It still looks gross, but that is new tissue now and is fantastic. Lightning strike or electrical shock injuries are difficult to treat as large areas of tissue is "burned" resulting in tissue death. Myriad other complications are involved in lightning and electrical injures including heart arrhythmia, organ damage, infection and even broken bones that are caused by the electrical shock not a fall or other injury. We are encouraged with her progress.

A young Bald Eagle that fell from his nest near La Crosse was admitted. He suffered a broken leg in the fall. His leg is stabilized. A frequent problem with eaglets and other birds that are blown from their nest or fall in some manner is starvation. If they are not found for a week of more, starvation becomes a reality. We are tube feeding this beautiful eaglet and he is beginning to eat a little on his own as well. Thank you to Joan Arnold for transporting this sweet eaglet to us as well as a young chickadee that had been caught by a cat.

We admitted a very young Bald Eagle last night from Rusk County. He was in critical condition as he was a victim of the tornado nearly 2 weeks ago. He has internal bleeding as well as severe starvation. His body temperature was so low we wrapped him in a heating pad for a first several minutes. He was given subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids as sell as oral emaciation diet. His prognosis is not good. We are grateful to the folks that found him, contained him and then transported him part way, and to Steve and Evie Fisher that transported him 2 hours additional hours to REGI. 

We've admitted several adult Red-tailed Hawks this week all with wing fractures likely from being hit by vehicles. We also admitted one adult Red-tailed Hawk with an electrical shock or lightning strike injury to his leg and wing. The fact that they are adults means they may have chicks in the nest. Wing fractures take a few months to fully recover from. We hope their mate is able to finish caring for the youngsters.

We admitted a Canada goose with fishing line wrapped around her leg. Please be responsible with fishing line especially in this summer vacation season.

Baby birds that were tiny fingertip sized hatchlings are now actual birds with feathers. They are learning to fly and eat on their own. Our baby chickadees that arrived in critical condition are doing great. A few more chickadee babies have been added to their family. An older fledgling chickadee arrived late last night and is keeping the younger ones entertained and motivated.

Our tiny baby American Robins, Eastern Phoebes, Clay-colored Sparrows, Wood ducks, Canada Goose goslings, Bald Eagle eaglets, Barred and Great-horned Owl owlets and Hairy Woodpeckers just to name a few, are all growing fast and becoming independent. That is great news for us as tiny passerines (songbirds) are very labor intensive. They must eat every half hour to maintain their rapid growth rate.

In addition to all the patients we have admitted, our team is kept busy answering phone calls concerning wildlife. If we can prevent a baby bird for instance, from being taken from its natural parents and coming into captive care, we try to do just that. Often there are questions on habitat, when to cut hay or trees. These are important questions that can save many. Often our nighttime calls come from different states and even different countries.

Our education team is very busy with both on site and off site tours and programs. Wildlife education is so important to our work and wildlife.

Our interns are learning so much with the quantity and variety of patient species and complicated injuries admitted on a daily basis. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and support. We can use both at this time.