Rescuing birds during Coronavirus has proven to be very difficult. Not all rehab facilities are doing intakes and the ones that are accepting animals are farther than I’m willing to drive. I do not like telling people that I can’t pick a bird up because rehab facilities are closed or they’re too far away. As a volunteer, I’ve been feeling rather helpless.
The other day I had a Facebook message from my friend Michele. There was an injured Great Horned Owl about 10 minutes from my house. Of course I wasn’t home. I was out birding at the Lorain Impoundment nearly 30 minutes away. I headed back to my car while I waited for an address for the injured bird. I had to make a quick stop at home to grab my kennel that has been in my garage since Coronavirus shut everything down. I couldn’t just leave the owl. So I headed to Olmsted Falls and grabbed the injured owl! From there, I made my first trip to Medina Raptor Center and delivered the injured Great Horned Owl.
This isn’t the first rescue I’ve done this year. My friends and I also grabbed an injured Canada Goose which was taken to Back to the Wild in Castalia. We also found a Rusty Blackbird and luckily my friend Stephanie from Ohio Bird Sanctuary was close by and able to grab the bird from me! And there was an injured Swainson’s Thrush and Magnolia Warbler that I was able to deliver to Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.
The reality of the matter is – our friends in rehab are also struggling. The ones that are still doing intakes are full and the ones that are currently unable to accept animals or are able to accept on a case by case basis are just waiting to hear when things will return to normal. These centers rely on the public to bring in injured animals – they also rely on donations to help care for the animals. I care deeply about my friends in rehab and the animals that they care for. I want them all to be able to continue doing the amazing work that they do! Please consider making a donation to your closest wildlife rehab facility.