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American Kestrel Release

We had the distinct pleasure of releasing a gorgeous young female American Kestrel this morning.  She was with us for about a month, learning to hunt and fly, and feed on her own, and she’s going to do just fine out in the wild…

Getting ready to step out

 

Perfect flight to a perfect perch

I also got a shot of our Evening Grosbeak.  He, too, will be released fairly soon…

Evening Grosbeak

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Incredibly Rare Rodent

Aplodontia rufa, commonly known as Mountain Beaver, only occurs in the northwestern Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington, and in a very narrow belt in the northeastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We got one that was hit by a car into the center the other day.

These animals are very rare.  In fact, as far as we can tell, this is the first one registered in any rehabilitation center in the state of California.  They are a “living fossil” with traits and characteristics that place them as one of the oldest living rodent species in existence.  Really interesting creatures.  Checkout this Wikipedia article for more information on this fascinating creature…

So far, I’ve only managed to get one decent photo of this guy, but I will be bringing my camera to work again tomorrow in search of a few more…

Aplodontia rufa californica--Sierra Nevada Mountain Beaver

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It’s Been a While…

I’ve been slackin’ on the posting.  Work has been incredibly busy, and I’ve had no time to go out and shoot photos.  It’s been hectic, to say the least.  But I brought the gear to work the other day, went in a couple of hours before I was scheduled, and took some shots…

Cooper's Hawk

 

Jeremy and Cindy examining a Golden Eagle

This Golden Eagle was found hopping on the ground, unable to fly.  An early exam revealed dehydration, near-emaciation, and all of his primary feathers broken on one wing.  The flesh and tendons are viable, no signs of electrocution, and was given subcutaneous fluids, and fed gently.  He is recovered well enough to be transported to a facility with on-staff veterinarians and raptor specialists, and after full-recovery, he will be brought back to us for release.

Love Dove-European Collared Dove

This dove came to us as a tiny baby.  We raised her up, big and healthy, and tried to release her, but she came back and hangs out at the center.  There are other doves in the area, and they all get along well, so we’ll let her stay…

Roadrunner

This young Roadrunner is completely wild.  He has never been a patient at the center, and doesn’t appear to be even remotely injured.  He just hangs out in the desert behind the center, and has gained enough confidence to allow us to approach him…sort of.  We don’t get closer than a few feet, but I have passed directly underneath him whilst he was perched on this branch several times, and he is less than 6″ above my head, so…pretty bold Roadrunner…

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'"

 

First Flight of Freedom

Lenore came to us as a little nudie baby, orphaned, naked, cold, and starving.  She grew into a big, healthy, beautiful Raven.  I was quite fond of Lenore, and shared pictures of her a few weeks ago.  She’s a big girl now, and we released her the other morning to be free as she can be…

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American Kestrel

These are some absolutely amazing little raptors  I love seeing them darting around out in the wild, but this is the first opportunity I’ve ever had to work with them up close and personal…

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Barn Owls

I have never had the pleasure of seeing a Barn Owl in the wild.  Yesterday, two fledgling Barn Owls were brought to the wildlife center.  I was honored and privileged to be able to give them both their initial exams, and luckily, neither one has any apparent injuries!  So other than being orphaned and a bit young, they are perfectly healthy.  We will feed them and keep them safe until they are able to fly, and then they will be released.  I have no worries about these two retaining their wild attitude.  They let me know with no uncertain terms that they wanted nothing to do with me…

Fledgling Barn Owl

Fledgling Barn Owl

I’m really excited to be working with these two.  The Great Horned Owls are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but you just don’t see these guys very often and to be able to work hands-on with them, knowing they are healthy and will be returned very soon, is an incredible opportunity and experience.

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I LOVE my new job!!!

Yup…got a new job.  I told you guys I was fired while my son was in town.  I was a bit pissed at first.  Afterall, who can blame me for getting upset?  I was fired for not working hard enough…for free…on my days off…but I digress…

Shortly after getting fired, I found out that the local wildlife rehab center was hiring.  I have been an Educational Volunteer with Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, doing educational shows and presentations for a couple of years now.  Cindy is a wonderful lady with a tremendous amount of knowledge and a heart of gold, and she always respected my reptile knowledge.  When I found out they were hiring for summer wildlife interns, I jumped at the chance.  Luckily, out of a rather large field of VERY experienced individuals, Cindy gave me a chance.

So here’s some pictures of our current patients…

Juvenile Red Tail Hawks

 

Juvenile Red Tail

This poor guy above was electrocuted.  Unfortunately, it is likely that he will never fly again.  His wing is wasted, and may even need to be amputated as the flesh continues to atrophy from the injury.  Hopefully we can get a permit to keep him as an educational bird, but…that’s a mighty big “IF”…

Nestling Great Horned Owl

 This is one of 3 nestling Great Horned Owls we have right now.  All 3 were orphaned, but otherwise healthy.  They are strong, healthy, and will be released to live in the wild as soon as possible.  We also have an adult GHO, but she has a pretty bad wing laceration, and she stresses out really easily.  She’s doing well, and we expect a full recovery and release soon, but I didn’t want to stress her out with photos…

Nestling Red Tail Hawk

 

Nestling Red Tail Hawk

 This is Lucky.  Lucky is a nestling Red Tail Hawk.  He was found on the ground, out of the nest, no adults anywhere to be found, and he was FAR too young to be alone.  An extensive search of the area revealed no signs of parents or siblings.  We don’t know why or how Lucky was orphaned, but we sure are trying to raise him right.  He’s strong, he’s full of attitude, and hopefully, with some flying time and hunting lessons, he will be released back into the wild before fall.

My mom always said, and I always believed her…things happen for a reason.  Getting fired from the pet shop SUCKED.  Getting this new job at the rehab center is a dream come true.  When one door closes another opens, and this door is one I’ve been wanting for a long time.  Stick around.  I plan on sharing a TON of photos of our rehab adventures this summer…

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P.S.–Please checkout Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care’s website.  It’s a fantastic, non-profit institution funded entirely by private donations and volunteer efforts.  We are sometimes the only thing standing between these fantastic creatures and death, so give ’em a look, and see what it’s all about.  If you live in the area, we can always use rescue volunteers, and you could even volunteer to work hands-on at the center.  It’s not a job for everyone, but everyone that does it is vastly rewarded…