On the Fourth of July 2015, we received a call from a gentleman in Wyoming who noticed an injured Badger along the road. He managed to pick it up and take it to the vet.
It had obviously been hit by a car as she had road rash and a small chip out of her left humerus (upper bone, front leg). Ms. Badger was kept by this amazing man for over a month until she could be released back into her territory. Hooray for Richard in Wyoming!
May 30, 2015 we received a call from homeowner Christine McMullen about these two fawns that had been in her yard several hours with no sign of the mother. We instructed Christine to observe from afar and if mom didn’t come back by shortly after dark to please contact us again. Christine was a nervous wreck over these babies, especially the one on the rocks that looked ‘splayed out’ and possibly injured. Christine nervously bided her time and sure enough, Mama doe came back and retrieved her twins a bit after dusk. Thank you Christine for your patience, caring and beautiful photography.
Every spring around this time we receive calls regarding Black-crowned Night Herons, as well as have babies arrive at the center. There are several large pine trees with communal rookeries of Black-crowned Night Herons in Emmett, ID. The Night Herons began to inhabit this area about 5 years ago. Our first nestling Heron of 2015 arrived from this area and within a few days two more. Pete Henderson, certified arborist and friend to the Ruth Melichar Bird Center re-nested three nestling Night Herons 40 feet high up in their tree. A very successful venture by Pete. He counted 20 nests in the one tree that he climbed. He noticed many chicken size blue eggs in some nests, juvenile Herons branching themselves out and in addition, many more nestling Herons still being cared for totally by parents. Adult birds were everywhere and a little flighty due the short-term disturbance to their rookery.
Thank you and the children for the donations to the Ruth Melichar Bird Center / Animals In Distress Association, Inc. The tour was a great opportunity to share thoughts of wild birds, including the hazards of imprinting (ducklings, crows, goslings, etc.), and what to do when a baby bird or fledging is found. The students were wonderful – their thoughts and questions were creative and fresh, and their behavior was great! It would seem that Anser Charter School is doing a fabulous job readying and educating our future adults!
In May 2015, Gregory Castle, founder of Best Friends in Knab, Utah visited the Ruth Melichar Bird Center and talked with Alia Kelley, an RMBC supervisor. It’s always great to meet a fellow ‘animal person’!
Thank you Gregory for your kindness and interest on AIDA’s behalf.