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-Barred Owl Released! See story below.
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DEPARTMENT MISSION: The rehabilitation & release of sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.
This department is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in New York State! There are more than 2500 wild animals admitted per year of 100 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles!
Annually, the department fields over 5,500 calls from community members with wildlife inquiries.
Our high number of animals is cared for by 3 full-time staff members…and 65 volunteers!!
Of all animals treated, 50% are birds of all kinds: songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, etc.
Our outstanding wildlife cases hae included the rehab/release of threatened and endangered species such as Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Least Bitterns, all while rehabilitating the more commonly-seen species, including songbirds, cottontail rabbits, and grey squirrels.
The Wildlife Department admits and cares for exotic animals of all kinds.
The Wildlife Department periodically assists the DEC with capture, transport, and care of various illegally possessed wildlife.
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The Wildlife Department is instrumental in the training and educational opportunities offered to all new York State wildlife rehabilitators.
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by SPCA Wildlife Administrator Joel Thomas & Wildlife Rehabilitator Dawn Mazierski
During the hunting season we sometimes see waterfowl with multiple gunshot wounds admitted to the SPCA’s Wildlife Department. This Canada goose was one of them.
During her physical exam we found an injury to her left eye, and several puncture wounds in various locations of her body. Typically, radiographs are taken of any ‘downed’ waterfowl to help us determine any injury and its cause.
After an X-ray was taken, we were amazed at how many pellets this goose had inside her. All in all, 5 pellets were counted...four are pointed out here, and a fifth was found later. Oddly, none of the pellets or puncture wounds seemed to bother the goose.
After treating the eye injury and cleaning her wounds, she was stable enough to be moved outside to an indoor/outdoor stall. Her left eye, unfortunately, will be permanently damaged. One-eyed waterfowl tend to survive in the wild as long as they stick with their flock (a bird such as a hawk or other bird of prey will not survive with one eye, as they need both for depth perception and hunting).
Like many geese and ducks, Canada geese are very social creatures always moving in flocks.
It didn’t take long for our large Canada goose to be paired with a "roommate".”
A second goose arrived shortly after our Two Canada geese
released together 3-10first girl was admitted and was exhibiting signs of weakness and fatigue. We treated him with some fluids to better his hydration. He immediately began eating on his own and we promptly moved him outside a few days after arrival.
Once the weather turned warmer, the two birds were spending most of their time in the outdoor portion of their enclosure catching some rays. That lasted until the end of March, when both geese were successfully released…. together (see photo, right)!
"WHOOOOOO'S IN MY MAILBOX?"
Of all places to look for an owl, you probably wouldn't think to check your own mailbox! The SPCA Wildlife Department recently received a call from a woman who reported that a baby owl was camping out in her mailbox. Sure enough it was an adult Eastern Screech Owl! The owl was brought back to the SPCA and after a physical exam, was determined to be incredibly healthy! It's easy to see how the woman thought it was a baby because Eastern Screech Owls are only 6-7" tall. He likely thought the mailbox was a good place to hide from the elements. The owl was released to the location later in the evening.
Rescued Grey Squirrel: Approximately one month ago we received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a grey squirrel that had gotten his toes caught in a wire hanger supporting a bird feeder. A rescue agent cut the wire to bring the squirrel into the shelter, but removing the wire from the toes was tricky. The entrapment caused damage to the toes to the extent that three tips of the toes had to be surgically removed. The squirrel made a complete recovery and was released back into the yard which was now hanger free!
STATLER PEREGRINE FALCON FLEDGLING RETURNED TO NEST BY SPCA
June 18, 2012
This little 6-week-old peregrine falcon has no idea how lucky...and how famous...she is! She's one of four new inhabitants in the well-known peregrine falcon nest at the Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo.
SPCA wildlife rescue personnel received a call from the Sheriff's Department yesterday that one of the fledglings, learning to fly, plunged down to the concrete but was still alive. By the time our officers arrived, the fledgling had been picked up and was already on her way to our Tonawanda infirmary!
SPCA Wildlife Department staff and Dr. Karen Moran saw that the baby was in good shape, no complications from the fall. They then consulted the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and everyone determined an immediate return to the Statler was in order. That return happened today!
Part 1 in our falcon fledgling series is this close-up photo of "Batavia" (dubbed by the DEC). See videos of her return here: Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18SMVmEBO_g and Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gjTy5RW7Hs !
This Barred Owl was recently brought in to the shelter with head trauma, most likely from being struck by a car. The Barred Owl is sometimes called a Hoot Owl due to its call. This owl recovered well, but we were concerned about damage to one of his eyes. After testing the bird’s ability to fly and hunt, our fears were alleviated. The Barred Owl did well and was released back into the wild!