Monday, August 18, 2008

This Week at Liberty 08/18/2008

I heard a segment on NPR this morning about how a lot of blogs use poor syntax, little or no punctuation, incorrect capitalization, and overall poor grammar. Hopefully, this won't be one of those!
If I make grammatical errors, please let me know (nicely, if possible!) and certainly if my facts are suspect, don’t hesitate to ask about things!

This week things are slowing down noticeably, dropping from a crushing deluge to an almost tolerable inundation...

Protective Mom and her cub
We got a couple of new racoons last week. They are OK to be released tomorrow (Tuesday) It's interesting that some states back east won't allow racoons to be rehabbed. Probably has something to do with their position on the Rabies vector species list. Out here, they're really low on the ladder.

A Cooper's Hawk with electrical damage arrives

Arlene and Joan examine the young accipiter's wing
Last week a Cooper's hawk came in that exhibited evidence of electrical burns. The bird was still very active and what the Med Services people call "BAR" (Bright, Alert, & Responsive) The wound in his wing was wrapped and he is under close observation. The true extent of most electrical burns won't present for sometimes several days.

An unfortunate Cliff Swallow
OK, when was the last time you went fishing and caught a bird? Last week that Great Blue Heron came in with two fishing hooks in his body, doing terrible damage to his lower mouth and jaw. This week a little cliff swallow arrived with a three pronged fishing hook in his wing! It was carefully removed but the damage was considerable.

Fish hooked Great Blue Heron is doing well!
Speaking of the GBH with the dual fish-hooking from last week, he's doing very well, considering all he had been through. His prognosis is good!

The Brown Pelican is making a remarkable recovery!
When the first brown pelican came in recently, he was not doing well at all. But with the expert care and fine treatment from the Liberty Wildlife staff and volunteers, he's doing wonderfully! This bona-fide endangered specie will be flying home soon!

A juvenile Cattle Egret is rehabbing with us
There are lots of different wading birds, among them the family of egrets. The Cattle egret is so named because they tend to be found walking in fields behind cattle, eating the bugs that are stirred up by grazing cows. This little juvie came in last week and is doing well, now outside sharing an enclosure with three young Green Herons. If only the human species got along so well...

Art brings in a nighthawk
Nighthawks and poorwills are members of the Caprimulgid family, one of the most ancient species of birds. Frequently mistaken for owls, they usually only fly at night and can be seen flying through the light emitted by street lamps, eating bugs on the wing. Long time volunteer Art Smith brought this little guy in with a possible broken wing.

Marion weighs a little male kestrel

Little boy gets fluids.
We took in a couple of kestrels this weekend, some of which didn't make it, but this little guy seems to be doing better by the hour. He got fluids today and is responding to treatment fairly well. Keep you fingers crossed!

TOXIBAN: A slurry of activated Charcoal and a mineral called Kaolin

Laura and Marion gavage a mallard
One of the dangers facing ducks and other waterfowl in the urban environment is botulism. This bacterium caused nerve toxin affects the birds that live in and around the water and causes paralysis and eventually death. The good news is that it can be treated if caught in time. We had a mallard duck arrive this week that presented symptoms of botulism and she was treated with a gavage (force feeding by tube to the stomach) of Toxiban, a slurry of charcoal and minerals that looks like india ink. It works by absorbing the toxic bacteria and fairly soon, the animal is again alert and in control!

Jill examines a Canada Goose while Carl and Laura hold on

Beautiful Canada Goose
I got a call this week about a mallard with a broken wing down by Ocotillo. When Carl went down to investigate, it was a Canada Goose! He did have a broken wing and is now under treatment. By the way, it's NOT a "Canadian Goose", it's a "Canada Goose." Canada geese eat grass and grain, Canadians drink Molson and watch hockey!

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