Thursday, August 15, 2013

Helping Wildlife Through the Storm

Young American Kestrel being assisted at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
 In the early morning hours of August 7, 2013, devastating storms and 5 tornadoes came through Northeast Wisconsin. Thousands of people’s homes and lives were affected. Along with this, 45 animals were brought into the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary looking for assistance. From broken wings, to head injuries, to losing homes and nests of their own, these animals needed help. Generous members of the public, cleaning up their own homes and nests, took the time to bring these animals to us so we can offer warmth, proper food, and a chance to recover to be wild again. The different species included: Gray Squirrels, Eastern Cottontails, Virginia Opossums, Belted Kingfishers, House Finches, American Robins, Mourning Doves, Eastern Bluebirds, American Goldfinches, Cooper’s Hawks, Red-Tailed Haws, Merlin Falcons, American Kestrels, Great Blue Herons, and Warbling Vireos.

 The following photos show our Wildlife Rehabilitation Interns in action caring for these animals. All the funds and donations from Walk for Wildlife being held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, go directly towards helping animals in need, like these little ones:
Young House Finch with a fractured wing.

Red-Tailed Hawk receiving assistance with feeding.

Young Gray Squirrel getting proper nutrition after a wet, cold night.