It is good news for the immature female Snowy Owl #009-18 from Plainfield. This is the owl captured by State of WI DNR Warden Ben Mott near Plainfield, transported by Mark O’Shansky. She arrived at REGI on 1-24-18 and is doing better. She weighs only 2.7 lbs. Female Snowy Owls usually weigh in at 5-6 lbs. When any animal is starving, they are unable to digest whole food. They must go through a process of “re-feeding”. That means tube feeding liquid food to stimulate their digestive system into action once again. It takes calories to digest calories. If the patient is starving, they do not have calories available to digest food. If fed a regular diet too soon, they die. That is one reason we caution rescuers not to feed sick or injured birds before they are transported to REGI. This young snowy remains in serious condition but is making great progress. We are hopeful.
The snowy owl patient # 666-17 admitted from Parrish, WI suffering from starvation is doing great. He is outside in our conditioning flight, preparing for a February release! What a difference in this guy from the day he arrived.
The beautiful female Snowy Owl #007-18 admitted last Friday night from Hobart is also improving. She is beginning to open her eyes and is eager for food. We continue to tube feed her as well. She had severe head injury. Because of the head injury, we still consider her in critical condition, but improving. Thanks again Marie for rescuing her and making the long midnight drive to REGI.
The male Snowy Owl from Pound, WI that had surgery a few weeks ago, recovered from surgery well. He will not be releasable to the wild but is already doing well training to be an education bird. He is so handsome and has a super personality. We always hope to return our patients to the wild, however when that is not possible they are evaluated to be part of an education team. Not all wild ones adapt to captivity. We are delighted with “Arthur’s” progress thus far. He is eating well and seems comfortable with his new job teaching humans about his species. Education is big and important job to help increase awareness of wildlife and how to help them in the wild.
We’ve lost several snowy owl patients to a variety of problems from vehicle collision injuries, starvation and rodent poisoning. Rodent poisoning is on increase. While manufacturers claim a product is safe for wildlife, if their label suggests keeping it away from domestic animals that means wild animals too. Please consider natural options rather than toxins.
It took some photos of the REGI facility as it is covered with a layer of winter white. While beautiful the cold temperature makes outdoor work more challenging. We appreciate our staff even more as they haul buckets of water and food to our large and widely spaced compounds. Our water must be turned off in the winter due to extreme frigid temperatures commonly -20 f. and colder.