Audubon Center, Nist, Laura discussed on Retrospect
Peril. I'm here with Laura von media. She's the education manager for the Audubon center for birds of prey the baby Al shower is coming up on Saturday may eleventh from ten AM until two PM. And this is an opportunity for people to learn about the birds that you do help their at the Audubon center for birds of prey, but it's also special because it's an opportunity to have free admission as long as you bring a baby gift, and that's going to be used for caring for the baby birds Laura thanks for coming. How did I do with all that? I get so excited talking about this event. I've been myself, and it's it's wonderful to. Hi, beth? Yes. Thanks for having me. Yeah. That was actually all correct. We have our baby shower event every year the day before mother's day. It's a great way to sort of celebrate conservation and families and also get them donations that help us be able to better care for the birds here at the center, and we're gonna mention this a few times, but just quickly some examples of things that people could bring as that baby gift donate. Nation. Yeah. So it's things that we used to care for the babies or birds in our clinic so things like powdered laundry detergent, we do tons of laundry and sponges, oh, meet baby. Food the Turkey or chicken flavor things like gauze and bandages kitchen trash bags all of those things are helpful. Now, these are things you need throughout the year. But because of it being the the season you have to put in a lot of extra supplies. Don't you correct? Yeah. We see last year actually in two thousand eighteen we saw six hundred fifty ish patients come through the clinic and in may alone. We get about twenty percent of those birds so close to two hundred birds and just one month, and it's because all of the bird nesting seasons are kind of overlapping or gives just getting tons of baby birds coming through the clinic, I guess, then we should go ahead and explain what you do there. And why these baby birds are being delivered to the clinic. Yes. That makes sense. Of course. So we are at the Audubon center for birds of prey, and what we do is essentially bird of prey rehab. So we get in injured and ill and orphaned patients that come through our doors. We get them healthy again and whenever possible get them right back into the wild where they belong. And again, this is our busiest season of the year and people will be able to see some of the birds that are there at the center, but to be clear these birds. That you can't release back into the wild. Correct. So it's always our goal to put them back to their homes in the wild. And if they can't be released if they're deemed non really school by the government because of those injuries that they would not survive, then we can find them. Good homes under human care in some do stay right here at our center. We've got about fifty permanent residents right now that the visitors would be able to see any time they visit. But especially on that day. We will have a lot of our bird embassador out meeting people here in the center up close and these raptors what's a raptor. So raptor is also called a bird of prey, and they are carnivorous birds that hunt their food with their talons and have a hooked sharp beak for eating meat so things like a bald eagle is a raptor. Ospreys? Hawks. Filkins, I will all different types of rafters. And I'm really kind of amazed. You know, having visited there and having attended the baby Al shower there are so many different kinds of raptors so many different kinds of als. Yes, there is many different species of of all those types of different birds. And we have about nineteen different species that live here at the center that you'd be able to see some that are common that live right in our backyards and some species that just may migrate through Florida. We only see them for a couple of weeks of the year. And those species you'd be able to see your round if you come and visit our center, how do the birds get injured? And how do they get delivered to you? Yeah. Great question, tons of different things injure wildlife, specifically birds of prey so the biggest thing that they encounter that does injure them is car accidents being hit by cars things like vultures, for example Arbor to pray. They tend to beating roadkill near the road and be hit. By those cars. We also get injuries from electric in tangle mint ingesting things. They shouldn't a lot of secondary poisonings that way as well. As again this time of year is baby season. So we get a lot of those babies that fall out of their next door. Perhaps we're pushed out of an s by sibling and end up on the ground. I hear two different things going on there. Some of them are injured. But when it comes to the babies, I mean are they necessarily injured or or should they just really be left where they are. It depends many babies do end up on the ground as they're learning how to fly. So we do encourage people to if you see a baby on the ground sort of look at it look at it. It's got a lot of the colored adult feathers. It's not really. Fluffy anymore. Then it might just be a fledgling learning to fly. Keep an eye out for parents. Because if you see parents taking care of it and feeding it and sort of teaching it on the ground, then leave it be if it's obviously injured if it's bleeding or has by porch where they shouldn't be or if it's really young. It's still really fluffy looking then you wanna make sure you get that baby help, and I should ask you about the adult birds then because they've got talents. They can hurt me. I it's not like I just wanna go pick them up carelessly. Right. So what do I need to do? Yeah. Your first step. If it is bird apprai- that's injured in east help give us a call. 'cause we will are volunteers in our phones talk you through carefully being able to get that bird. We unfortunately, have such a small staff and volunteers that we can't rescue ourselves. So we do rely on the community people that find that injured bird to transport that bird to us. If it is a really large pray, for example, abled eagle, then we also work with county. Animal services, and they're a great option. And if you call us, and let us know we will give you all of those different options and ways and help you able to help that or okay and your number is four zero seven six four four zero one nine zero people can also go online to Audubon center for birds of prey all one word to stick. All that together dot org Audubon center for birds of prey dot org. Okay. So you you collect these birds that are injured, and you nurse them back to health you rehabilitate them. And again, the whole idea is to release them back into the wild talk about some examples of the types of birds that you've worked with and how you did manage to release the back into the wild. Yes. So one of our most recent favorite patients. You know, we we get birds that come to the clinic all the time. So there was a young bald eagle that had fallen out of its nest and its particular NIST was in a dying tree with very little branches. And in field that we could not get it. A truck into. Usually, we try to return the babies to their nece if there's some branches in the babies can often climb up the last little bit to get to their nest or we will use a bucket truck with a volunteer. Tree climber to get that baby back, and that wasn't a good nests to return this baby too. So we have a program here at the center called eagle watch. And it's a group of volunteers that will watch evilness throughout the season and monitor them taking data that helps better protect the species and one of the eagle nest watchers actually had identified a nest that had babies about the same age as this baby that have fallen out of its nest. So we were able to take that baby. And put it in the foster nece that volunteer had found and now it's doing great. The parents bald eagle parents are awesome. So they took that new baby. And they've been feeding and caring for and it was just fledged a few weeks ago, and it was spotted flying around the area, which is just a great success story for us. That's amazing. The birds don't mind that you just stuck an extra winning their correct? Yeah. We try it. Times to do that as long as it's the same species in about the same age. We don't wanna put a really big baby with some small babies or a different species. But it usually in those cases, they do work out birds of prey in general are monogamous, and they do a great job raising their young. All right. Well, that is an interesting story to and you know, one thing that I also have noted in being out. There is one of your ambassador. Birds isn't equal. Yeah. We actually have three ambassador birds that are bald eagles and to just permanent residents so five and total that live here and a lot of people do know one of our ambassador. Birches name is trouble. He's thirty three years old. So he's been out about in the community for all of those years. That's fun now to see adults come visit the center that remember seeing trouble the bald eagle when they were a kid. I wanna hear a couple more stories. I'd like to hear about the the baby's, right? And what you do with the babies. You just mentioned you put the win back into the nest. So that it could be raised. But when they do fall out of the nest do they often? Damage a wing or anything like that? It is common to have that happen sometimes when they're really young their bones are kind of pliable a little bit like humans. They kind of bounce them. They follow the NIST. And they're totally fine. We can just pop them back up in that nest or find him a foster nest, but I think older than they do sometimes encounter some injuries. So broken wings are pretty common injured legs. We have a fairly new bird embassador to a permanent resident that lives here. She's a barred owl who fill out of her nest last year and just a couple of days old and broke her femur, so her largest leg bone, and that was able to stick a tiny little pin in it and get that bone to sit well enough that she can stand but not enough that she's able to catch her prey out in the wild. So we named her new maple, and she's now one of our permanent residents here, she will actually be out and about on baby shower this year. How does it work? So obviously, there's some veterinary services, but there's more than that. Right. I mean, you're you're giving the bird the opportunity to get used to the wild again before it's released. I mean what what does the day to day work that you do with each animal? Yes. So our clinic Steph to full-time vet techs two interns that at any time in the year as well. As a ton of volunteers that help in their and their day to day is crazy time of year. They are taking care of each patient and the young birds actually get fed sometimes three four five times a day. So there's patients are being fit often and taking care of everyday. The birds are are weighed and sort of looked over to make sure that they're healing each bird has its own individual sort of health health plan or care plan for how it's going to ideally be rehabilitated. And then they spend their time in the clinic sort of recovering from those initial injuries. And then they moved down to the back part of our property, which is our flight Barnes. So. So we like to give the birds just a little bit of room. So they can kind of stretch after being in the clinic, and then we'll move them to larger and larger inclusions. So that they continue to build that strength and stamina until they get into our really large flight Barnes, which are forty or fifty or even hundred foot long, and that allows them to again sort of build that strength. And then ideally after that, they're headed back to the wild. Push it when you're doing something like feeding that bird. You can't domesticate it. So it's not like you can just put out a food bowl and move onto the next thing. How are you making it feel real to that bird? Yes. So we specific our baby birds have to be a little creative. When birds are quite younger any animal, actually, they can be imprinted upon humans. If that's who they see as their caregivers as their parents if you will. So if we're feeding baby birds normally than what we have to do is cover ourselves up. So we were came up launch. And we'd actually feed the babies using puppet that looks like the adult of their particular species and play the call of that species in the background to sort of fool that baby into thinking the puppets as parent if you will as opposed to us as humans, and that we can kind of prevent that human imprinting and be able to release that young bird to the wild. And then for the older patients that are in our clinic a lot of them do as they gain some strength eat on their own..