As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting for the past month! It's not that there's been nothing to report, but rather than I was taking a well-earned vacation from being an educator. For one month I took a break from school visits, tours, blogging, and tweeting (still plenty of hooting, though). I watched the Humans celebrate the holidays with funny hats and lots of food. I saw fireworks over the city usher in the new year. I saw the final bird for 2012 be carried through the doors, and the first bird of 2013. I saw volunteers travel away from the RMRP to visit their other family and friends, and I saw them come back, eager again to brave the cold, early mornings, and long, frigid days for the sake of us birds.
Now the weather is warmer, my vacation is over, and I'm ready again to regale you with tales of the RMRP. First off, a summary of the holidays:
|Bald eagle with lead poisoning and a wing injury|
If you remember, January 2012 had us taking care of four sick and injured Bald Eagles at one time, a scenario the Humans hope to not repeat this January. Here's hoping these amazing creatures stay happy and healthy in the wild, and don't have to visit the RMRP for care.
|Weighing the Merlin on a cold day - see her breath as she vocalizes?|
At last, here we are, experiencing some warmer temps and sunny days as a reward for the past few weeks. The warm weather has provided an opportunity to deep clean the cages, use the hoses again instead of just buckets, and de-ice the pathways and parking lots. In the past couple of weeks, the Humans have admitted the Bald Eagle mentioned above, a Cooper's Hawk, and an American Kestrel. In exchange, they've released a female Merlin that recovered from a broken wing, a very handsome male Great Horned Owl that came in emaciated, and a Red-Tailed Hawk that was admitted with a skull fracture and massive head trauma.
That last case, the Red-Tailed Hawk, is truly amazing. You may remember her from this picture:
|Red-Tailed Hawk with skull fracture and damaged eye|
|One-eyed Red-Tailed Hawk after release!|
I'll be writing again soon to post more pictures of birds and other goings-on, so be sure to check back soon! Also, I'll be creating a new page on this blog with profiles of all us Educational Ambassadors for the RMRP, so stay tuned for those as well.