Yowser! You know when you have not heard from me that we are working long hours, inundated with patients and wildlife calls for wildlife advice. I hardly know where to begin but to say that we have admitted nearly 100 new patients since the interns arrived, including 3 bald eagles, snowy owl, and many other species. This even as we continue to catch up on repairs our severe winter brought upon us. Our education team has also been wildly busy with both off site and one site programs. I will likely do several updates to catch everyone up on our work. I apologize in advance if the patient you delivered to us isn’t discussed. Each is important to us and is getting the best care but may miss the narrative.
The great news is our interns, both rehab and education interns are fabulous! You will get to know them through photos all summer long.
An adult bald eagle was admitted through Chocolay Raptor Center in Marquette, MI. She has lead poisoning and injuries from a territorial encounter. Often raptors that are debilitated become easy targets as they are weak and unable to defend themselves. As you can imagine this complicates their clinical picture as it is not always possible to understand if vision issues are due to the lead poisoning or a trauma. When the eagle arrived, she was dehydrated and unable to digest whole food. She has been tube fed for the past 2 weeks and treated for lead poisoning. She continues to have neurological symptoms including vision problems. We are evaluating to find the root cause. Some patients bring with them a books worth of case studies.
A young Great-horned Owl was admitted from our friends at Wild Instincts Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander, WI. You will notice a theme here as many wildlife centers cooperate with each other to get the best care for their patients. We happen to have a terrific foster dad Great-horned Owl, that is now raising the owlet described above as well as two others. He is a busy dad but does a fantastic job. Thanks to Mark and Sharon at Wild Instincts for entrusting us with their little patient.
We have admitted many birds of many species that are caught by cats or dogs. They include mourning doves, eastern bluebirds, ovenbird, field sparrows, American robins and many more. Please keep your cat indoors and keep control of your dog particularly during this sensitive nesting period for birds. When birds leave the nest, they cannot fly or fly well enough to get away from a predator. Many cat owners are building outdoor cat enclosures, so their cats can enjoy the sun and be safe from disease etc. and wildlife remains safe as well. We applaud their efforts. We have admitted several young ducks and geese that were caught and injured by dogs that are running along a lake or waterfront. Please be aware this time of year is more sensitive to dogs off leash. Baby waterfowl are not able to save themselves.
Our nursery is filled to the brim with baby birds that have lost parents, found themselves on the ground before they even had feathers or were victims of an accidental tree cutting when people were unaware of a woodpecker or owl nest in a tree (cavity nesting birds live in dead trees) or grass or hay cutting operations. Many birds nest on the ground. Nestlings and adults are destroyed trying to defend the family.
Our volunteer transporters are working hard, John Molski, Dawn Stein, Cheri Bowman, Steve and Evie Fisher, John and Vicki Kuester and Linda and Kevin Grenzer and Jeff Konopacky to name a few are names you are familiar with. Thank you all and anyone I may have missed, once again for your help with getting patients to us for care, sometimes several hours away. We are grateful. Thank you also to the many great members of the public that find and bring wild patients to us. You are part of the village that we rely on to get wild patients to REGI for care.
Time to feed hungry mouths once again. Baby birds must be fed every 20 minutes their first week of life. I will continue to update as time permits. They grow very quickly. Many go from hatch to flight in as little as 9 days! That rate of growth requires a lot of protein and often.
Our on-site tours start this week. If you are interested in seeing our education team in action and the REGI grounds, please visit our web site and sign up for a tour or call 715-623-2563 for assistance. We do ask for reservations for tours as we want to make sure everyone gets a great experience.