What's Been Happening

We are so far behind in writing. Our hands have been full with many patients as well as tours. Let me catch up a bit using a post I started a few weeks ago. I realize that if I wait until I get all the information written in my usual fashion more time will go by. I will catch up labeling the photos soon.

Six Bald Eagles were recently admitted, as well as a young loon and many other individuals of other avian species. 
Two of the eagles are law enforcement cases therefore, follow-up will be limited, as will exact location in one case.

An adult male Bald Eagle with a brood patch (that means he has a family) was admitted after a homeowner noticed the eagle languishing on the shore of the lake. The capture of the bird was perilous as he headed to a swamp when rescuers appeared. Sadly, this adult bald eagle was shot with a shotgun using lead pellets. He has been treated for lead poisoning. He carries many pellets still in the soft tissue of his body. The pellets in soft tissue should encapsulate with time (covered with scar tissue) and therefore protect the leeching of lead into his blood stream and organs. There is one pellet that is in a very delicate position and that is at the base of the tail which affects his spine. He is beginning to fly short distances. He has a long recovery, but we are hopeful. We hope that anyone that knows of someone that shoots eagles or other protected birds says something to assure the illegal and unethical behavior does not continue. Our thanks to Kevin and Linda Grenzer and the local homeowners for capturing this eagle and transporting him to REGI for care.

An adult female Bald Eagle was admitted through Marathon Solid Waste Department. She was suffering from poisoning caused by eating an animal, that was thrown into the garbage and ended up at Marathon County Landfill. She is recovering. Her recovery will also be a long process, but we are hopeful that she too will be released and be wild again. We are not sure how euthanized pets end up in the trash. It is likely starts out with the good intentions of taking their beloved pet home and burying them. Somehow the process breaks down with making an adequate grave, complying with local ordinances and finding the time to say goodbye. Even with the best intentions, pets can end up in a freezer for an extended time and then finally delivered to a landfill. While it is hard to think about, animals may feed on the body at the landfill. The result is animals, including dogs, raccoons, coyotes or eagles, die when they ingest even a few bites of the euthanized animal. We are grateful to the great folks at the Marathon Solid Waste for their quick actions responding to this situation and tracking down the toxin and getting this magnificent eagle the help, she needed. Kevin and Linda Grenzer responded to this eagle as well and transported her to REGI for care. In the photos of this eagle the interns were all holding her during during seizures as they were so powerful.

Most of the bald eagles admitted recently were hit by vehicles. Increased summer traffic on our rural roads can be hazardous to wildlife. Please keep that in mind as you drive. A beautiful two-year-old had West Nile Virus. We are sad to report he did not survive.

The 4th of July casualties were dramatic this year. A young days old Loon was run over by a jet ski and was unable to survive its injuries. 
Several patients were admitted with trauma due to explosive fireworks and the percussion of firecrackers. So sad to see the frolic of the holiday cause wildlife injury and death. I will not post many photos but I want to alert people that fireworks need to be in the hands of professionals and not children that use them without understanding the danger. The Mourning Dove in the one photo had its wing blown off and lost its family when an explosive was thrown in its nest.

We have had many happy stories too including raising over 100 young passerines that are nearing fledgling at this time. Oh and our ducks! We have raised more ducklings this year than any in our history. A third group of ducks will be released tomorrow!

Our tours are fantastic. It is great to see so many folks visiting and getting to know raptors and wildlife. We had a weekend tour from the Biodiversity Education and Research Foundation (BEAR) based in California. We are honored they chose REGI to be their first out of state tour.