2017 Rescues Final Count & a Letter From our Founder
The Southwest Wildlife Foundation (SWF) had five new rescues brought in to our rescue center for care during December. One was a grackle, which is a black bird that has a longer tail and is taller than your typical blackbird. What really makes the grackle unique is its glossy-iridescent body. Sadly, this grackle arrived with a broken back, so it had to be euthanized.
A Western screech owl was another rescue. It was found on a street in Enoch with a concussion. After only a week of care it was able to fully recover and be returned back to the wild. Another visitor, a juvenile red-tailed hawk, came in with a concussion after flying into a window at the Cedar City Paiute Council Office Building. She also was able to recover after a week of care and was returned to the wild.
We unfortunately lost two of our other rescues, one a pretty little crowned sparrow that was caught by a cat and died from its injuries, and an adult male bald eagle that was struck by a car on I-15. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) rushed the eagle to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, but it had sustained a broken back and had to be euthanized.
The red-tailed hawk that arrived in October with soft tissue damage to its wing was finally able to be released and we are waiting for our applications to be approved for the male kestrel falcon to add him to our education permits. We had hoped the kestrel would be able to be released, but due to his broken wing feathers not growing back properly, he is unable to be released back into the wild. However, he is otherwise perfectly healthy and would make an exceptional education bird.
As some of our followers may be aware, we submit a rehabilitation report of all the animals that come into our care each year. You may recall that in 2016, we took in a total of 117 animals. In 2017, we had a total of 152 animals come into our rescue facilities. Again, we feel blessed that the majority were able to make full recoveries and be returned to the wild. 57 of the animals we rescued were raptors, 87 were other types of birds, 7 were mammals and we had 1 reptile come into our care. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our releases, watched them on our Youtube channel or Facebook page, those who helped with videography or photography for these events, and all who helped out with the animals rescue and care.