|Northern Pygmy Owl - released!!|
Let's start with case load: to date the Humans have admitted 257 birds for the year. By comparison, last year they only admitted 242 birds. A couple of weeks ago there were 35 active cases in house, and now the number is down to the mid-twenties. Happily, almost all of that decrease can be chalked up to successful releases! A quick summary of some of the birds to leave the RMRP in the past couple weeks:
-An immature Northern Goshawk (shoulder trauma)
-An American Kestrel (unknown trauma)
-A Red-Tailed Hawk with high-voltage trauma (from a power line)
-An American Kestrel (head trauma and fractured corocoid)
-An American Kestrel (hit by a car but without major injuries)
-The Northern Pygmy Owl (bit by car)
-The Boreal Owl (hit by car)
-Two Saw-Whet Owls (window strike and hit by car)
-Two Red-Tailed Hawks (hit by car and flew into truck cab)
|Immature Northern Goshawk with quail lunch - released!!|
Some interesting species in-house right now, including two Merlins, the small falcons from the north. One is a small male, and the other a larger female. They're both in small flight cages so the Humans can assess their flight. Falcons are like high-performance athletes, and perfect flight is the only option for them to survive in the wild. Prognosis is guarded on these two at the moment, but the Humans are optimistic.
|Merlin - active case|
|American Kestrel with feet freed from insulation|
|Boreal Owl - released!!|
|Volunteer Appreciation Party!|
Now they're all busy preparing for the big shindig this coming Sunday. It's our annual winter Open House, and there's a whole list of reasons you should attend:
|Educational Long-Eared Owl|
- A behind-the-scenes look at our hospital facility, which is generally closed to the public
- Knowledgeable staff and volunteers on hand to answer all your questions
- Interesting educational posters and displays to explain what we do and why it's so important
- Numerous Educational Ambassadors on display, including some of our newer and shier birds that you may have never seen before!
- Snacks and hot drinks!
- Access to the amazing gift shop, which is well stocked for your holiday shopping (jewelry, books, stuffed animals, clothing, bookmarks, postcards, stationary, calendars, adopt-a-raptor, and more!)
The Open House will be held at our main facility on Vine Drive from 11:00-3:00 on Sunday December 9th. Visit here for directions. Hope to see you there!
Whew, that was quite the update. I think I'll sign off for now. Be sure to check back tomorrow as I will be writing about Burrowing Owls!