Summer Babies, a New Wildlife Ambassador and Growing Volunteer Opportunities!
Wildlife Rehab Report:
Dear Friends of the SWF,
We’ve been caring for three golden eagles, two great horned owls, two orphaned baby hummingbirds and the usual baby finches and sparrows and so on.
Our male golden eagle that arrived April 28 was severely injured at the windfarm north of Milford. He was badly beat up, had a severe concussion and was suffering from temporary blindness in his right eye. He has now made a complete recovery and this morning, Sunday June 3rd he was released to the sky. It’s always wonderful to see an eagle that we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to save its life, soaring effortlessly until it disappeared out of sight.
Our second eagle arrived April 29 found east of Richfield Utah feeding on road kill. This sub-adult female golden eagle had eaten enough breakfast she was unable to fly. After a few days of observation we were able to release her back to the wild.
Our third eagle was found along I-15 by a couple who spotted it while driving home a few miles north of Cedar City. They called the SWF and Martin ran out and caught the bird, it was stuck behind a fence. She was a large female, full adult with a very high possibility that she was caring for young eaglets.
We brought her back to our rescue center and gave her a complete health checkup. The great news was that she was uninjured, she had just eaten too much dinner and was unable to fly over the fence. With the sun setting we kept her overnight for observation and released her back to the wild early the next morning so she could return to her chicks who would be approximately 8 to 10 weeks old at that time.
We are currently caring for 2 orphaned hummingbirds. When they first came in they required feedings every 30 minutes to 1 hour throughout the day as well as several feedings during the night. They are currently doing very well and will be going out to our hummingbird flight chamber in the next week or two where they will learn to fly and feed themselves before they are released back to the wild.
Two orphaned baby ground squirrels came in mid-May. One did not survive, but the other one improved and grew rapidly and we released her this morning.
On May 2nd we received an orphaned great horned owl from the Division of Wildlife Resources. On May 13th we received a second orphaned great horned owl picked up by a hiker in the St. George area. Unfortunately, both of these owls would have been just fine left in the wild as long as there was no human interference. People find baby birds and believe that just because they fell out of their nest they need to be rescued. Far too often that is not the case. Both orphaned great horned owls are doing well. They are out in a flight chamber feeding themselves and should be ready for release later this month (June).
On a personal note, we have a new wildlife ambassador for the SWF. A six and a half week old male prairie falcon. His name is Piper and I’m really looking forward to our time together; our training, flying and hunting as well as a new member of my wildlife educational outreach programs.
Martin Tyner, Founder
Just a reminder that wild baby birds can end up on the ground when they outgrow their nests or are learning how to fly. As long as they are in a safe place, you can leave them where they are and the parents will continue to protect and feed them until they can fly and care for themselves. See our infographic on How to Help Wild Birds or call a local rescue organization or wildlife rehabilitator for guidance if you are unsure of what to do.
See photos below of baby hummingbirds, feeding a young squirrel, new Wildlife Ambassador Piper begging Wildlife Ambassador Cirrus for food and our The Eagle Has Landed and How to Help Wild Birds infographics.