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Greetings fellow wildlife lovers!

Winter showed us her might but then spring weather quickly took hold. Warmer weather is a sign of baby season around the corner, so last section of this newsletter is an abundance of baby wildlife cuteness.

Enjoy some amazing photography of 1) Jewels the great horned owl's release and 2) a late night intake of a wet bedraggled eagle we nicknamed Splash! 


Please ENJOY and read on!
Jewel of the Sky...

Jewels the Great Horned Owl was brought to us early February by the Department of Lands and Forestry (DLF). This poor owl was dehydrated, seriously underweight and very dazed although thankfully had no breaks or injuries. It is believed Jewels had potentially collided with a car. 

 Jewels future was uncertain... But we are thrilled to report that earlier this month.  Jewels was successfully released back in their home territory! 

  • Great Horned Owls are a territorial species who spend their entire lives in a relatively small area.
  • They know their territory inside and out so it's extremely important that they return to their home.
  • We were thrilled that Department of Lands and Forests wildlife technician Julius Wukitsch and forestry technician Sandy Sutherland were able guide us back to Jewells' home. 
  • Wukitsch and Sutherland were Jewel's finders, and this lucky owl wouldn't have made it without their dedication to helping wildlife in need.  

Wildlife photographer Steven McGrath also joined us, and the release team got a wonderful surprise;

Jewels had a friend - a common raven!

McGrath beautifully captured Jewel's release and reunion with her buddy, a common raven. The two were relaxed together and caught up on what must seem like quite an impossible tale to this Raven! 



 

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Eagle Splash Down

The dedication of animal care teams is truly remarkable. When word arrived from the Department of Lands and Forestry that a mature bald eagle would be landing with us around 9 pm, our intake team was quickly at the ready! GO TEAM GO!

On intake, this feisty bird was dripping wet, exhausted, and had a variety of soft tissue injuries on the body and feet. The good news was that the bird, nicknamed "Splash", is muscular, has no obvious skeletal injuries, and apart from being wet and dirty, feathers appeared heathy.  

Our amazing intake team included our operations manager who orchestrated the team, our co-founder and eagle-wrangler, a volunteer registered veterinary technician, and volunteer photographer Al Eastman. 

You can see the 'Before' and 'After' pics above. Eastman took the pics of a wet Splash on intake and Wildlife Ops Manager Brenda took the 'After' pics of Splash in his eagle box the next day. Much floofier!  

Update – after several days under observation in an eagle box (pictured below top right) in the nursery, Splash was weighed and then taken down to the eagle facility, the ‘Big Jeezley’, where he was moved into a large 8’x8’ enclosure. All going well the next stage will be moving into the big eagle flyway to fly and eat and bathe and socialise with the other eagles.  
(photo credit, animal care Volunteer Morganne Robben) 

 

Hoodwinked!
 
We had the opportunity to test one of our new eagle hoods on Splash. These gorgeous hoods were generously donated by volunteer and falconer friend to CWRC Robert Bellefontaine.

The hood is made of a soft leather and once placed carefully and securely over the eagle's head helps to put them in a calm state, devoid of visual stimulation. This helps both the eagle and the handlers. 
Of course it is simply an additional tool in an eagle wrangler's toolbox to help keep eagle and handler safe and all the regular handling precautions must still be taken.

We think it is a very handsome addition to our toolbox though! 
Thanks to Al Eastman for the great photos. 

A Taste of Spring!
We can all use some extra cuteness and wonder in our lives.
We are all hungry, make that starving for warm weather!
So without further ado - enjoy some wildlife baby images to whet your appetite for SPRING!


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