Wednesdays are my office days at Wildwoods so I have less contact with animals than on other shifts, but there is no avoiding it. Once you set foot on WW property, if you are staff you will end up caring for animals. Last night a red squirrel came in while the other staff were busy so I admitted him. He had been caught by a cat, had spinal trauma and a laceration on his neck. Continue reading A Hypothermic Red Squirrel
In most workplaces the “water cooler” conversation tends to revolve around the latest episode of Game of Thrones or the most recent workplace gossip. Not where I work. I work for an industrial manufacturer and oddly enough the topic that comes up the most in conversation is the DNR’s Eagle-cam and the three little eaglets born in early March.
I find that as a volunteer wildlife rehabber I get a lot of questions from co-workers about various animal-related topics but lately the questions I get the most are about these fluffy little nestlings. One co-worker in particular is very concerned that the parents keep flying off, leaving the newborns (at this point about 3 weeks old) alone for extended periods of time. She also feels that one of the nestlings is always getting less food than the others, crowded out by its siblings and ignored by its parents. She’s a mom and she gets angry about the unfairness of it all.
All I can say is, nature is hard, man, and it’s all about survival from day one. Continue reading Nature is Harsh
I am so excited. The 2015 baby season is almost upon us and soon I will be called back to volunteer at Wildwoods, taking care of all the orphaned and sick baby squirrels, birds, fawns and Lord only knows what else. It’s bittersweet and every person who volunteers feels a little pang of guilt because we’re looking forward to injured, orphaned and sick animals so we can take care of them.
But they are so damn cute. Continue reading Wildlife Rehab 2015 Season
The price tag of the new Viking’s stadium has gone up, again, by half a million dollars for more concession areas. Total cost of the stadium has hit $1.024 billion. The stadium, for those who don’t know, is basically all glass. Being that it’s right on a major migratory path, environmentalists have asked that the glass be bird-safe, which would add $1 million (less than one tenth the total cost). MSFA (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) says they won’t take on the additional cost, even though they have $21 million left over in a fund they set aside for this project. The reason: they don’t like how the bird-safe glass looks. Oh, and my personal favorite, “but everyone else has lots of shiny, hard-to-see glass. Why can’t I have lots of shiny, hard-to-see glass?” Continue reading Bigger than Bird-Safe
Only three squirrels to feed this time, but while I was doing that an adult male bald eagle arrived. I had seen an eagle at Wildwoods before—a juvenile was brought in with a broken wing when I first started volunteering. This eagle seemed to have no serious injuries, but he was very thin and smelled awful. He had an injury to his wing, but it seemed healed over and non-serious. It wasn’t clear what was wrong with him, why he wasn’t flying, so he’ll go down to the Raptor Center in St. Paul where he’ll get the best treatment possible. Continue reading Bald Eagle 2.0
I have started a bit of an Independence Day tradition. Since my husband works every 4th of July (the trade-off is he gets every Christmas off), I have most of the day to myself, and since the weather is usually gloriously sunny, I like to spend my day outside. Last year I did yard work – no fun, though necessary – but the year before that and this year I decided to go up north and hike the North Shore of Lake Superior.
This year I took my pup and headed to Beaver Bay, MN to hike the Cove Point Loop of the Superior Hiking Trail. It’s 5.5 miles and has a gain of 753 feet.
I have recently discovered something that has given my life such meaning and improves my attitude and outlook drastically each time I go. Before I talk more about it, though, this post requires a “Do not try this at home” disclaimer. Continue reading Wildlife Rehabilitation