Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.