All gifts made between now and September 26th will be matched up to $50,000!
Much Needed “School” Supplies
During the fall, we get a steady stream of juvenile (“teenager”) opossums, songbirds, bunnies, foxes, squirrels and many more showing up at our clinic doors needing help. Your donation will buy:
- Food & Formula
- Life-saving surgeries
- X-rays & vet appointments
- Staff support
- Clinic maintenance and upkeep
This week, our Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic received two injured juvenile red-tailed hawks. Unfortunately, both hawks have broken wings. We suspect at least one of them was hit by a car, which is a common occurrence in species that hunt near roads or eat roadkill. Red-tailed hawks do most of their hunting by watching from a high perch then swooping down to catch prey at the right moment, or by flying over fields and watching for prey below. They will often take advantage of the mowed, open areas of grass near roadways and hunt there, which of course puts them at risk of being hit by cars.
Juvenile animals that are just mastering hunting and have not learned about all of the hazards of the world are at even greater risk. The typical course of treatment for a fractured wing is medication, stabilization and wrapping of the wing, and cage rest while the fracture is healing, then gradual exercise until the bird can fly perfectly again. Sometimes juveniles need a bit more TLC than adults as they master their survival skills in a safe place. We are happy to provide that safe place here at HNC and give wildlife a second chance at life.