WE ARE CURRENTLY RECOVERING FROM A VERY BUSY SEASON. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING SEVERAL UPCOMING EVENTS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND GIVE OUT OUR EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS.
WE WILL BE ATTENDING WE WILL BE BACK AT EARTH FAIR AT GOODELLS FAIRGROUNDS THIS YEAR. WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT BOTH EVENTS.
NUMBERS ARE IN AND WE WERE ABLE TO HELP ALMOST 400 WILD ANIMALS THIS PAST SEASON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH DONATIONS! WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO WHAT WE DO!!!
CURRENTLY HAPPENING AT BACK 2 THE WILD REHAB:
WE ARE CURRENTLY PREPARING FOR OUR UPCOMING SPRING/SUMMER BABY SEASON.
WE HAVE ALSO BEEN EXTREMELY BUSY HELPING THE DIVING DUCKS AND OTHER WATER BIRDS SUCH AS MERGANSERS, CANVASBACKS, GREBES, A FEW LOONS, OLD SQUAW'S, AND SWANS. THESE BIRDS HAVE HAD A TERRIBLE TIME THIS WINTER FINDING FOOD BECAUSE OF THE WATER FREEZING OVER FOR SO LONG. MANY OF THEM ARE STARVING. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAVE AS MANY AS WE CAN. IT'S BEEN SUCH A SAD SITUATION FOR THEM. SOMETIMES NATURE IS SO HARSH!
THIS IS THE TIME WE ALSO TRY TO FOCUS ON BUILDING OUR BUDGET WITH OUR ANNUAL YARD SALE IN ORDER TO CONTINUE OUR RESCUE EFFORTS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON.IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE FOR THE SALE, PLEASE CONTACT US!!! REMEMBER, ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!! AND GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DONATE USING OUR PAYPAL LINK TO HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO SAVE THE WILDLIFE OF MICHIGAN.
OUR NEW FLIGHT CAGE:
WE HAVE NOW PUT UP A SMALL FLIGHT CAGE FOR RECOVERING BIRDS. WE HAVE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS FLIGHT CAGE AND ARE VERY EXCITED TO FINALLY HAVE IT UP!
WE HAVE ALSO PUT UP A FLIGHT CAGE FOR WATERFOWL TO RECOVER OR BE RAISED IN. BOTH OF THESE FLIGHT CAGES WERE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR MISSION HERE AT B2TWR.
WE ARE STILL TRYING TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO BUILD A EXTRA LARGE FLIGHT CAGE IN ORDER TO FLIGHT OUR LARGER BIRDS OF PREY!!! HOPEFULLY, ONE DAY!!!
THIS IS OUR LATEST ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE PORT HURON TIMES HERALD NEWSPAPER ON FEB 2ND.
Firefighters free frozen geese
One survives, one put down after ordeal
Feb 2, 2011 | 19Comments
FREE BIRD: Firefighters rescue a goose Monday from the St. Clair River in Marine City. The bird was frozen in the river.
By LIZ SHEPARDTimes Herald
Sitting snugly in a child's playpen, Princess the goose didn't seem to appreciate her new caregivers' help. She flapped and hissed as her webbed feet were checked for frostbite.
Erin Stacks didn't mind, even though she had bruises on her wrists and hands from where the Canada goose had bitten her.
The goose, dubbed Princess for her sassy behavior, was rescued Monday after being frozen into ice on the St. Clair River.
"She's a diva," Stacks said.
Stacks, who runs Back 2
the Wild Rehab in Fort Gratiot, said authorities contacted her Monday morning about two geese that had been frozen into ice on the river just off the Department of Natural Resources' boat launch in Marine City.
In turn, she called for assistance from the Marine City Fire Department about 11:15 a.m., after realizing she would not be able to rescue the birds herself.
Fire Chief Richard Tucker said it appeared the geese had bedded down on the ice and then froze into it.
Firefighters used axes to cut the ice encasing the birds and then carried them to shore. Once on land, the rescuers used tepid water to melt the ice away from their bodies.
Stacks said she never had seen such a thing before, adding the geese's legs and bodies were encased by about 5 inches of ice.
One of the geese sustained a severe wing injury and had to be put down, she said.
The surviving goose was resting comfortably Tuesday.
Stacks said the bird could have been released that day, but with the winter storm expected to hit, she wanted to give the goose an extra day of rest.
Stacks said the fire department did an excellent job in saving the goose.
While it was dangerous for his crews to go out on the ice, Tucker said, "it's a good, humane thing to do."
"Those guys are awesome," Stacks said.
? Contact Liz Shepard at (810) 989-6273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE WILDLIFE COMMUNITY LOSES A TREASURE
IN FEBRUARY 2010, I LOST ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS, NORA, TO A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
NORA WAS ALSO A WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR THAT HAD A PURE LOVE FOR LIFE, PEOPLE, AND OF COURSE THE ANIMALS SHE RESCUED. I WILL MISS HER EVERYDAY. I LOVE YOU NORA!!!!
AS LONG AS WE ARE HERE, THIS MEMORIAL WILL REMAIN HERE FOR MY DEAR FRIEND!