Fall Begins and the 20th Anniversary of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation!
The cooper's hawk that arrived in August emaciated, was able to be released in September. A common nighthawk which came in with an unknown injury and a house finch who flew into a window and was stunned were both also able to be released.
Four different owls came into the care of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation in September. A great horned owl arrived after being hit by a car and had soft tissue damage to a wing. It is unable to fly and is still in rehabilitation. Another great horned owl brought in by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) with a concussion is also still in rehabilitation. A burrowing owl came in with a bad concussion and temporarily blindness. Its vision is returning and is improving. A saw whet owl brought to us after it flew into window and obtained a bad concussion is improving also. We hope to be able to release all of these owls in the next month or so.
We had a couple ringneck doves brought in. One was hit by a car and another had a broken wing. They were both too badly injured and had to be euthanized. Ringneck doves are common, but are not actually a native species.
Fall marks migration time for many birds and other animals so be cautious when driving, especially during the morning and evening hours. Remember large birds may be in or near the road feeding on road kill and if they eat too much, they won't be able to take off or move quickly out of your way. Also watch for deer crossing the road heading toward winter feeding grounds. Drive a little slower during these times so you have time to stop or slow down if needed.