Loons, Loons, Loons, Osprey and Hawks
We have been bombarded with many critical patients and difficult cases this week that have left us exhausted.
Sadly, our loon with the fishing hook and lead sinkers did not survive to surgery. It is always hard to lose patients, no matter what the cause, but knowing it was a human caused situation and is preventable makes it even harder. I do not believe the situation with this loon was purposeful however, we need to become more knowledgeable and responsible as a society to prevent such wildlife deaths. RIP sweet momma loon. ❤️
Speaking of loons... we admitted three more loons this week Our volunteer transporter Jeff Konopacky was called to rescue and transport an adult loon. The adult female was found on a road near a lake. She is the resident female. She seemed listless. There were no outward signs of injury. We did an X-ray and were horrified to find she had been shot. This is a legal case. We are not currently giving details of the location other than to say it is in Portage County. The female loon has lead shot in her head, neck and body, but amazingly is eating and we are hopeful for a recovery. Check out the photos of the x-rays! You will be as stunned as we were.
A young loon was found beached on a lake in Marinette County. When loons are out of the water and on land, it is never a good sign unless they are sitting on a nest. The alert homeowner contacted REGI and then took her kayak out to rescue the little tyke and transport it to REGI for care. This little one has an injury to her neck. We are not sure how the injury was sustained, but it was an impact injury either from a falling branch, boat or oar. The young loon was very thin coming in. She is doing better and has started eating some on her own. We continue to tube feeding to supplement her and massage on her cervical spine for the neck injury. Our gratitude to Joni Holinger for rescuing and transporting her.
We admitted another young loon that had also beached itself near Clam Lake. The residents of the lake did not know a beached loon is in trouble and she was on the shore for a few days before coming into care. She has a broken foot likely from a snapping turtle or Muskie (large fish) bite. We are currently evaluating her condition. Many thanks to Kevin and Linda Grenzer for making a long drive to transport her to us and the homeowner that noticed that she needed help.
Steve Fisher transported a young osprey from Chippewa Falls. An alert homeowner called REGI for help after he found the bird sitting on his dock. When the bird was still there hours later, he investigated and found it was lethargic and not able to fly. The young osprey does not have any injuries on x-rays but is very thin. Thanks to Steve and the homeowner for their help with this handsome young osprey.
Dan and Dixie transported a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk from WI Dells after he was hit by a car. He has a wing fracture, but we are hopeful for a full recovery. Many thanks to the person that saw the accident and stopped and rescued him and to Dan and Dixie for transporting.
We had many releases this week of ducks both Mallards and Wood Ducks that were admitted as tiny ducklings and songbirds such as American Robins, Mourning Doves and Cedar Waxwings. It is always joyful to see our patients so tiny when admitted, take their place in the wild world.
If you see people shooting wildlife. please get as much information as you can and call the Tip Line you can remain anonymous. 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367) Sadly, with cutbacks in all things related to wildlife on both the state and federal level, the public must remain more involved in helping wildlife in many ways including rescue and getting and reporting tips to get justice for the wildlife that makes our world a better place.