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This blog is dedicated to the amazing wildlife rescue staff. Toronto Wildlife Centre and The Owl Foundation.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Canada Goose Adoption

A pair of Canada Geese sat for a long time on eggs that were not going to hatch. A young gosling came into the Toronto Wildlife Centre and had no place to go. Creative team decided to give it a try. Project Adopt a Goose. The best part was the adults were so excited to have a baby they were flapping their wings and dancing about. The next morning I drove by the location and there sitting in the grass was Mr and Mrs Goose and one baby gosling. A win win situation. Thanks TWC.

Screech Owl Release

On Oct 22, 2012 I was asked by The Owl Foundation to release a Screech Owl. I arrived at the owl foundation and it took Annick quite some time to find the owl. Well hidden in their outdoor enclosures. Snapped a shot of the little gray owl. My daughter Julie and friend Donna arrived at the location at 6pm. Julie went through the woods looking for a great location to let the owl be released. Donna and I joined Julie with the owl. This is one of those times I am so glad that I took photos at the owl foundation of the owl being released or we would not have any shots. Donna opened the box and the screech owl was gone. Through the trees deep deep into the woods. We stood there looking to see any sign of this pop sized can owl but no luck. To celebrate we went and fed the ducks. What a great release.

Pine Grosbeak - female Release

I received a call from Andrew at Toronto Wildllife Centre saying he had a female Pine Grosbeak they were releasing at the end of the day. This was on July 11, 2012. I went to meet Alex and Andrew and watched them release the beautiful bird. When it landed in the tree it started to sing. It was singing so loud we were able to watch it fly from tree to tree. One tense moment was when a Red-tailed Hawk flew over. The bird stopped singing and went still. Sucess.

Red-tailed Hawk - rescue but no release

Red-tailed Hawk juvenile - This is to remind people to not turn your backs on a sick or injured animals or birds. Make the call to help save them. Photo Credit: Frank Butson and Cori Campbell.
As many of you know I am a volunteer at the Toronto wildlife Centre. They do fantastic work and I am very proud to support and volunteer for them. In the past few years I have told you about all the successful releases back in the wild. Not every bird or animal is that lucky. But thanks to TWC they have a chance.
On Friday I was called by a friend Frank saying they had an injured Red-tailed Hawk. I was already on my way home and very close to location. I went directly to location and parked my car and saw a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk sitting just off the ground. To the eye it looked fine but after talking to Frank and Cori I realized it was in trouble. I called Andrew (head rescue staff TWC) told him the situation and he gave me detailed information on how to proceed. Went toward the hawk and a sure sign of a problem is the hawk didn't move. He watched me carefully but just sat there. Once again talked to Andrew and started up the hill with a box.
The hill and the ground was very muddy. Slid down a couple times but the whole time the hawk's yellow eyes watched me. Thanks to a couple of young men who came to help and using their feet created a climbing step for me to climb on. I was able to get to the hawk gently put him in the box (and he didn't even try to get away) and Cori and Frank rushed him to Toronto Wildlife Centre. The hawk made it through the night. He was a very sick hawk and totally emaciated (which means starving to death). When I picked up the bird on Friday it weighed nothing. In the photo it is deceiving because it looks fine. But the behaviour of the hawk told a different story. It wasn't able to fly properly and fell over on landing. Today I received a call saying the hawk had not survived. Thank you to Frank and Cori who noticed the hawk was in trouble and did something about it, the two young men who stopped to help and I know it would have taken a lot longer to get to the sick hawk, and most important is the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Without you there would be no place to take sick or wounded animals or birds. I wish it had a diffent ending but it is great to know that people are watching and making that call to TWC.
From the Toronto Wildlife Centre web site: Wildlife situations: If you have found a wild animal in need of help, information that may help you could be available on this website. If you are unable to find the help you need on this website, or if you have encountered a wildlife emergency, please call 416-631-0662, follow the voice prompts, and leave a detailed message. A wildlife specialist will return your call as quickly as possible. Because of the extremely high volume of calls that TWC receives every day, calls must be answered in order of urgency. If you are calling about a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, TWC’s wildlife experts will try to return your call within one hour of receiving your message during business hours (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily), or first thing the following morning after business hours. Please note: During peak seasons (April – October), TWC is receiving up to 200 calls per day, and busy Wildlife Hotline staff are returning calls as quickly as they possibly can – your patience is appreciated. Donations: If you would like to make a donation or have a donation-related inquiry, please contact us at 416-631-0662 ext. 3207or by email.

Barred owl trip to Owl Foundation

Today my daughter Julie, friend Peter and I went to The Owl Foundation to deliver a injured Barred Owl. It was a male, mature owl with a shoulder injury and also total emaciated (starving). I picked up the owl from Bowmanville Vet (who received the owl and stabilized it) then I took to the TOF. Once there we were treated to watching Annick check out the owl. She checked the fat level (0), eyes, wings, etc. Also the vet sent the X-Rays so we saw those. We will not know for a few days the future of the owl. Fingers crossed. Annick also gave Peter a real experience. She took us to see some of the resident and recovering owls, Great Horned Owls, Snowy Owls, Hawk Owl, Short Eared Owls, Barred Owl, Saw-whet owl and some juvenile Great Gray Owls. What a thrill. Thank you Annick.

Red-tailed hawk Release

One of my favourite things to do is volunteer with the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Thanks to Chris M a few years ago I have become more and more involved with them. Today I was asked to release a beautiful juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. This is my favourite bird. Thrill to see this lovely hawk fly out of the box, and land in a nearby tree. He looked around and then flew to the next branch up. Once again he flew up. I stayed in my car once he flew with the window down. I watched him sit on the branch, preen, poop and look around at the other birds. Chick-a-dees arrived but left very quickly. He took one more flight and continued to preen. Thank you TWC for saving this wonderful hawk. You may have remember my last Red-tailed hawk that unfortunately did not make it - very similiar problem. Nice to see a juvenile that was starving make it and is back in the wild.