On December 27, 2009, three dovekies, a seabird rarely seen at CFW, were admitted. A fourth came in the following day. Staff worked hard to learn as much as possible in a very short time to make sure we did everything we could for these little guys. The challenge and hard work were worth it even if only one life was saved, and the knowledge gained will be invaluable the next time we see one of these amazing little birds.
Early in August, 2007 we were faced with a challenge: an oil spill in South Portland. Hundreds of gallons of waste oil began spilling out of a pipe into Cavalry Pond, a previously perfect turtle habitat. This secluded and protected pond, with minimal human and motor vehicle traffic, was home to some of the oldest and biggest painted turtles the CFW staff has ever seen.
This juvenile bald eagle arrived at the Center for Wildlife on September 26th 2005. The young eagle had been discovered on August 19th struggling in a mudflat and was rescued and transported by a Maine game warden to Acadia Wildlife Foundation. Since the eagle was covered in mud, she had to be washed before having a complete exam.
Every spring, the Center for Wildlife admits several baby raptors who have fallen from nests, probably when left unattended after the death a parent. This year, we received a barred owlet who won the hearts of staff and volunteers immediately. However, raptor babies are some of our most challenging orphans.
Two Juvenile Broad-Winged Hawks that had been in rehabilitation at the Center for Wildlife were released on the top of Mt. Agamenticus on September 21st, 2006. These birds were from Gray, Maine and Kennebunk Maine. Both were found near roads with injuries that indicated possible glancing blows from collisions with cars - trauma to head/eyes, scrapes on feet.
When they hear the word “bat”, many people immediately think of horror films, vampires, and unprovoked attacks. In reality, bats are intelligent, clean, social, and amazingly helpful in controlling insect pests like mosquitoes – some species catching up to 1,200 insects in one hour.
|Great Horned Owl
Last spring, a family out walking in the woods in Dover came upon two Great-horned owl nestlings on the ground. Only one was alive and alert but it was also completely helpless – and vulnerable. Observing no parents in the area, the family scooped the owlet up in a blanket and called the police department.
|Lake Umbagog Eagle
In October, 2004, a man who was hunting near Umbagog Lake in New Hampshire's north woods found an injured bald eagle. The eagle was initially transported to Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine where rehabilitators Marc Payne and Diane Winn began treatment. Although x-rays revealed no obvious breaks, the bird would not fly, and it was eventually transferred to the Wildlife Clinic of the Tufts University Veterinary School.
In late June, a mother Virginia opossum roaming her home range in Gray, Maine ventured across a road. Roads present mortal danger to all animals, but especially to scavengers like opossums, for whom eating road-kill is a major cause of death. This hungry mother (eating for eleven!) was probably attracted to apple cores and trash tossed from car windows, and small rodents hit by cars.
Every winter, the Center for Wildlife admits a few wayward seabirds that are found on land. Sometimes, these birds are emaciated, or have been tangled and fishing line, or otherwise injured. Fortunately, though, many of them are in absolutely perfect shape.
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When Tufts Wildlife Clinic called last summer to ask if we could provide a permanent home for a non-releasable Peregrine falcon who had been hit by a car, we readily agreed - with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Peregrines are a favorite at CFW, and we were even more thrilled when we learned that he was the father or our popular education Peregrine Freyja!