Thanks to your donations Center for Wildlife has continued our work medically treating over injured and orphaned wild owls, and continue to work toward securing funding for the next transmitter to be placed on an owl with ocular damage. In 2012 our local community brought us a total of 33 injured and orphaned owls, with fractures, head trauma, and eye trauma mainly sustained from being hit by cars. These patients represent native species and include snowy owls, barred owls, great horned owls, Eastern screech owls, and Northern saw whet owls. 20 of these owls were released back into the wild where they belong, and the rest were humanely euthanized due to extensive injuries and internal trauma. In January alone, we have admitted 10 owls, five are being cared for in the clinic, and three have already been released!
We have submitted a grant to the National Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association to help with the cost of $5,000 for two transmitters and their data transmission for the next owl patients with ocular damage. Together with your support we are hopeful that we can understand more about an owl with limited vision's ability to hunt after recovering from injuries sustained from vehicle collisions. Here's a great story about one of our owl patients that was recently released:
On November 21st, a local man was on his commute to work on Route 4 in Durham, NH when he noticed what looked like a bird laying face down on the side of the road. He quickly turned around, and found that it was indeed a barred owl that had just been hit by a car and was struggling to stand. Amazingly he was not the only person that wanted to help, a utilities service truck soon pulled over offering gloves or equipment to safely transport the raptor. The rescuer gently wrapped the owl in a jacket, careful to cover her head so that she would not be scared. He drove immediately to the Center for Wildlife, worrying that his patient was comfortable and not stressed, and wondering if she would be able to make it.
Upon examination our Wildlife Specialists and volunteer veterinarian, Dr. John Means DVM, found that she was feisty and had no fractures, but had some damage to the structures in her eyes. Incredibly, with supportive care, proper nutrition and housing, her eyes have already healed! Our veterinarian almost couldn't believe his "eyes"! The local man that rescued the owl was given the honors of the release. As the man held the bird she quietly took in her surroundings, then quickly flew to a tall pine, seemingly happy to be back home! She looked back at us, then slipped off into the woods. The rescuer shared "A big thank you to CFW Staff, volunteers, interns, and vet for rehabilitating this amazing barred owl! I feel very fortunate to have found her and had a place to bring her for the excellent care she needed after being hit on rt 4 in NH. The work you all do, and the care you give, is amazing, and I am thankful to have been able to release the owl tonight. The quality of care given at CFW, and the resilience of this barred, is evident in the quick recovery (found the day before Thanksgiving). Thank you all again!"
We hope you enjoyed the update, and are so grateful that you value our work and local wildlife, we truly could not do our work without you!
-Center for Wildlife staff, patients, and wildlife ambassadors
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