Monday, May 17, 2010

This Week at Liberty 05/17/2010

The total intake number for the year so far is 751.

The foster community grows by the day as we see more and more orphans coming in. We've also seen some interesting songbirds and corvids that need our help. But the top story is the arrival of three young eagles that were brought in by AZG&F. Nearly fledged, the three babies all came from the same nest and were briefly in the cage next to a golden eagle that came in from the Kingman area last week. And so it goes...
Michelle holds a young GHO next to Doug and John.
Liberty scrambled a wing of its own air force last week as volunteer Doug McCarter and his friend John Gomes flew up to Kingman and then to Ft.Mohave in John's personal airplane. They were able to pick up two young great horned owls that needed help and transported them down to the valley and on to Liberty. We can't thank John enough for this service!
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Two orphan screech owls.
"The new kid doesn't say much..."
A splint is glued to a broken beak.
Two little orphan screech owls are now at the facility. Both are doing well and will be placed with adults of their species soon. Two little ravens that are the product of a nest relocation are also growing fast. Both were injured early on but seem to be improving as they sit outside daily, getting some sun and interacting with a raven puppet! Another young raven came in after a possible car collision. His broken beak was splinted with surgical glue and a piece of tongue depressor.
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A baby cardinal has a bad leg.
A beautiful hooded oriole.
Two more passerines that arrived got some care at Liberty last week. One was a pretty hooded oriole and the other was a cute little juvenile cardinal. "Liberty: it's not just for raptors any more!"
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Already at home on Toba's glove.
This little guy will be a star.
One of several orphan GHOs to arrive last week has an injured wing. It appears he won't be able to fly well, if at all, so the current thought is that he will make a good education owl. (Since it is still in doubt whether or not Hedwig will return to education duties after being a foster mom this season.)
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Foster GHO's with Igor and Sedona.
The other brood with Hogan.
What's going on inside Hogan's enclosure.
The barn owls have fosters too!
Just a quick update on the foster GHO situation... Igor and Sedona have 13 orphans in their care, but Hogan is still in the lead with 8 of her own! Momma Hogan rules! And across the aisle, Tyto and Alba have 4 of their own little barn owls growing up strong - and NOT imprinted!
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Elasto-gel at work on Cholla.
A big thanks to Southwest Technologies, makers of Elasto-gel. This marvelous wound dressing is the favorite of Jan and the Medical Services Team in many cases, including Cholla, the little harris' hawk that had such a bad electrical burn in his wing. Not only does the dressing improve overall healing, but it also incorporates some pain medication that helps the patient tolerate the application. A generous supply was recently donated and will go a long way to helping lots of birds recover quickly!
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Dr. Orr takes an eagle's temperature.
A blood is drawn.
The sample is prepared for the lab.
Sarah and Denise give some welcome fluids.
Dr. Orr and Kyle check for parasites.
Still a chance...
Three fledgling bald eagles were brought in over a few days last week. They were all leaving the same nest prematurely for some reason, and all presented the same symptoms. Each was very emaciated, dehydrated, and exhibited some muscular control problems. At first West Nile Virus was suspected, but later other causes came under study. Until the blood tests come back, all we could do is try our best to keep them alive until the exact cause of their illness was determined. Unfortunately, as of this writing, two of the three young birds had succumbed to whatever brought them down. One is still clinging to life. Keep the positive energy flowing!
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The Kingman golden is improving.
Tony Sola drove to Kingman last week to bring back a golden eagle that was found on the ground in a very dehydrated and weak condition. Tests for aspergillosis are negative so far, and with the great care he is getting, he's improving day by day. He made it to an outside enclosure a few days ago and seems to be getting better.
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An unexpected blessed event!
One of Dr. Orr's llamas, not known to be pregnant, had a baby last week! The cute little guy is doing well and is waiting to be named soon!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

How about the name "Two-Tone" :-).