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A Closer Look … for Birds in Trouble

This post contains one image of a long-deceased gull, just FYI. You'd think I would have learned my lesson last year, with the dead gull I found wrapped around a deterrent wire on a nearby warehouse ... or the gulls we untangled last fall from a fish-pen net. But, in fairness, this location was difficult to see from any common vantage point in the neighborhood. It wasn't until I was out the other day, photographing [...]

Derelict Nets & Entangled Birds

Note: All gulls pictured in this post, and other trapped birds were freed from the netting. Follow Up on 10/21/11: I phoned today and learned that an official went out to this net, confirmed what we saw in terms of bird entanglement, and holes in the net have apparently been fixed as a temporary measure, although I'm anxious to check up on the gulls myself. I was told the Westport seafood company responsible for these [...]

2011-10-19T13:48:29+00:00October 19th, 2011|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|7 Comments

Lancelot-Guinevere: The Case of the Castle Pigeon

Lancelot (no, Guinevere) -- lost himself (no, herself) -- along the coast of Scotland, where Picts and Druids and Earls and Scots laid claim to the medieval stones of her landing. Just north of these stones lie the crags and cliffs that offer sanctuary for pelagic birds, the calls of whom may have drawn her to seek some good fortune at this spot. Blue band on her leg, humbled by fatigue and flight, she wandered [...]

2010-07-20T17:29:23+00:00July 20th, 2010|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

A Turkey-Friendly Thanksgiving

Wild Turkey in Berkeley Several years ago, Hugh and I started our new Thanksgiving tradition of adopting a turkey from Farm Sanctuary. We've always been urban dwellers, so adoption beyond our beautiful kitty isn't an option. But, Farm Sanctuary offers remote adoptions of their rescued turkey folk. Although Farm Sanctuary has a reasonably high profile through their advocacy work and their shelters in both New York and California, if you haven't heard about [...]

2009-11-11T12:45:34+00:00November 11th, 2009|Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baby Booties For Birds

Last night, Hugh and I put baby booties on sea birds. Actually, baby socks made into bird booties. There were grebes and murres in our section of the hospital. More than 400 ailing seabirds were driven by van and flown by a Coast Guard C-130 to IBRRC in Fairfield, California. The birds came from Washington and Oregon where they'd landed on beaches, sick and dying, covered in algae slime. Local centers up north were overflowing. [...]

2009-10-30T21:43:05+00:00October 30th, 2009|Birds, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

When to “Rescue” Baby Cottontails

It's the end of nesting season for many animals, but cottontails breed year-round. Cottontail babies are often rescued mistakenly. It's important to assess the situation before you take the babies anywhere. Cottontail mothers leave their offspring for most of the day, feeding them only in the morning and at night. Like fawns and fledgling birds, the babies have not been abandoned in these cases.

2009-09-26T16:00:43+00:00September 26th, 2009|Mammals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

Learning From a Racing Pigeon

I think the pigeon people are trying to tell me something. Late last year, I took a rambunctious fledgling pigeon to a nearby hospital. In April, I drove two [very] baby pigeons to the same hospital. I'm always snapping pigeon photos even when other photographers sweep their lenses right over the pigeon landscape. Rock Pigeons at the Bay Bridge - ©ingridtaylar So, it shouldn't have surprised me when Chauncey came along. She's a [...]

2009-08-28T16:34:55+00:00August 28th, 2009|Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|2 Comments

Things to Know (and Love) About a Japanese Quail

He was misidentified but not forgotten -- this lone Japanese Quail who fluttered his way into a wildlife hospital and then, into our hands and hearts. We gave him an appropriately Japanese name: "Mikiko" which, loosely translated, means "child of the tree." A fellow volunteer pointed out that he is not, in fact, a child of the tree -- "he's a quail, Ingrid." I know. But I couldn't find a name meaning "child of the [...]

2009-08-06T17:18:34+00:00August 6th, 2009|Domestic Animals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

The Case of the Misidentified Quail

He handed over the box: "A rescued quail." We volunteer at a wildlife hospital, so a safe assumption might be California Quail. But this bird clearly wasn't. Their markings are distinct and easy once you know them. "It's a Japanese Quail," was the official proclamation. Not only is a Japanese Quail not a native of California, he is, for the most part, a domesticated bird in the United States -- raised for eggs or [...]

2019-03-09T23:00:25+00:00August 2nd, 2009|Domestic Animals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|0 Comments

The “Three U” Rule of Hazardous Materials

Hugh and I just got our initial Hazwoper certification -- a Federal OSHA requirement if we want to assist with bird rescue in oil spill areas. That, combined with a wildlife rescue training course we took back in March, will at least put us on the call list during catastrophic wildlife events. During the Cosco Busan spill in November 2008, our participation was limited to non-exclusion areas. I volunteered with a survey team to [...]

2018-10-02T19:14:12+00:00July 9th, 2009|Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|2 Comments