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Ways To Help Wildlife => Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation => Topic started by: passerine on March 28, 2010, 09:32:21 PM

Title: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on March 28, 2010, 09:32:21 PM
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society ( MARS)
Located at Merville, Vancouver Island BC. http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Merville&state=BC (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Merville&state=BC)
Phone: (250) 337-2021

MARS is the closest rehab facility to Hornby Island, has been instrumental in helping the wildlife from there and all of Vancouver Island & surrounding islands .

Maj Birch is the founder and senior wildlife rehabilitator at MARS.  She began rehabbing in 1987 in Northern BC, and after Certification in IWRC Basic Skills moved to the Comox Valley with her husband Keith.  She established the wildlife centre in 1995 on their 3 acres of property, gaining permits from Canadian Wildlife Service for migratory birds and permits for raptor and mammals from Min. of Environment. She completed the exam and MARS became a designated wildlife facility in 1996.

For more information of the MARS facilities, volunteers & the wonderful work they do for all avian species click here http://www.wingtips.org/ (http://www.wingtips.org/)

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountainaire-Avian-Rescue-Society/119843378113?v=wall (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mountainaire-Avian-Rescue-Society/119843378113?v=wall)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on March 28, 2010, 11:41:04 PM
Ah Passerine!

Thank you.  I was heading to bed and then I saw this great information and pics.

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 29, 2010, 01:22:03 AM
The videos are uplifting, Passerine.  Than you for sharing them with us.  I'm so glad that MARS and other rehab groups like it are working to help wildlife!    :heart  
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on March 29, 2010, 04:55:26 AM
Passerine, what a wonderful job you have done "introducing" MARS to our forum. Great information provided.

I am very impressed by the set up and work being done there. It is nice to know that such a place is nearby. However, the unfortunate news of budget cuts and reduced funding and donations, causes much concern. Perhaps we could consider a % of the proceeds from our fundraisers be donated to help MARS? Just a thought.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 29, 2010, 09:59:04 AM
Thanks Rajame, Tiger & BV, yes bv i think it's a very good thought if possible to help MARS in any way we can.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on March 29, 2010, 08:54:15 PM
The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society looks like a wonderful place to volunteer or do an internship.  Thanks for this good information.

After all this time, you'd think I'd be used to the rescue, care, and releases.  Not so.  That first video made me cry.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on March 29, 2010, 10:55:39 PM
I am so impressed with MARS and the wonderful work being done there. I loved the videos of their great work and what really made me happy, and yes, I shed a few tears too, was the releases. It was such a great feeling to see them fly off like that. I also was impressed that they release the birds without all that public hoohaw that I see so many times. I just believe these quieter releases are so much easier on birds/animals. It is nice though that they record it for us to see and I believe that helps make more and more people aware of the great work that these places do. Thank you passerine for bring this to our attention. I do hope they get donations/funding to enable them to continue what they do, as it appears to me -- they do it well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on April 09, 2010, 09:03:40 AM
For anyone that may be close enough to attend.

Celebrate The Year of BIODIVERSITY at MARS Open House Sunday April 11th 11:00 - 3:00 PM

Celebrate Biodiversity at MARS during National Wildlife Week Open House

Spring is in the air, with flowers blooming, bees buzzing and birdies singing.  The world around us is full of renewed life, a perfect time to observe the biodiversity in and around the Comox Valley.  This year has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by United Nations and MARS invites the public to join them on Sunday April 11th from 11 am to 3:00 pm at their Wildlife Centre in Merville.
 more info >> >>> http://www.wingtips.org/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on May 09, 2010, 09:20:54 AM
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society Watch CHEK TV tonight at 5 pm for release of 4 of the 5 bald eagles we rescued earlier in the week. Again on CBC at 7 pm news about these birds. The 5th eagle is still in care due to a large wound on it's breast. Thanks to MARS volunteers, the quick response from Shamrock Vet, Van Isle Vet the BC Ministry of Envrion...ment and City of Campbell River for their help with this crisis.

A News report on picking up the eagles: http://www.youtube.com/ANewsVanIsland#p/u/3/cQNqo8bGt3Y

Sat. May 15 - MARS @ Shamrock Vet Clinic Open House 11-4 pm

North Island College - Animal Care Aid Students gain work experrience with MARS rehabbers.

Wendy Kotilla's Youth in Ecological Restoration (YER) help at MARS

May long weekend - look for us @ Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

MARS Student interns arrive for their summer 6 week rotations.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on May 09, 2010, 09:57:24 AM
passerine, I found the YT link for that news story. Thanks for letting us know there was news available about those poisoned eagles. Very sad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQNqo8bGt3Y
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on May 10, 2010, 11:46:42 AM
Thanks for posting the video.  This is indeed sad.  We do all we can to save wildlife, and then something like this happens.  It is very discouraging.  On the other hand, there is hope for these eagles:  perhaps they will recover in this excellent wildlife hospital.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on July 14, 2010, 06:02:46 PM
I understand that Mountainaire will be examining Phoenix.  Perhaps updates can be posted here?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on July 15, 2010, 08:34:10 AM
beans, it is hoped a necropsy will be performed. AJL has indicated the results will be shared on this forum.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 15, 2010, 09:59:35 AM
This is the facility that was trying to rescue Phoenix.  He declined too rapidly for help to arrive.  Which often happens with birds, by the time they show signs of illness, they decline rapidly.  They will be retrieving him and then the necropsy.  Donations to this organization in Hornby Eagles name or Phoenix's name would be appreciated.

http://www.wingtips.org/

On the left hand side of their home page is donations.  Then a donation form is another choice after that.

Thank you for supporting them. :)

Thank
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on July 15, 2010, 10:31:12 PM
Maj of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) pulled all of the strings that gave us permission to remove Phoenix's body for a full necropsy so we will learn a lot of things from the report when it is done. 

It is the Ministry of Environment that had the authority to give permission to allow a tree climber to go up to the nest today.  The MOE will also be doing the necropsy for their own information so that will save MARS doing it and it will probably be more extensive because the government will not have the costs that MARS would have had doing various tests and studies.

The following information has been received from Maj via someone who wanted to donate some medical equipment:

Items like medical equipment (nebulizers for example) are best donated to your local wildlife recovery centre due to the difficulty of sending them across the border.  If you are outside of Canada, a monetary donation would be the best thing to do.  It would be more cost effective and cheaper than trying to send items across the border.

Within Canada, Maj suggests we stick with the wish list for sending items.

They also take mastercard and visa by filling out a donation form.

http://wingbeats.info/donate/donation-form.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on July 16, 2010, 06:09:25 AM
MARS has a Facebook page, and many Hornby followers are now posting there.

Maj posted the following message:

Thanks to all for your kind thoughts - Phoenix arrived after 7 pm tonight, and will fly to the BC Animal Health Lab tomorrow. We took measurements and weighed (her, methinks) perfect body. S/he was very thin. Donations are gratefully accepted - you may visit our website www.wingtips.org for a donation form. We have a... wonderful Wildlife Sponsorship program now where the winner will win 2 nights stay at Painters' Lodge in Campbell River. At this time, we can take checks or call to put on visa or mastercard. Contact info is on our website.http://www.wingtips.org/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on July 21, 2010, 03:44:38 PM

Moutainaire Avian Rescue Society
http://www.wingtips.org./

Wish List

Donations 
For Friends of Phoenix - please note:
We are working toward establishing a PAYPAL account - thank you for your patience.  At this time we can accept donations of Visa - Mastercard by phone. 

You may send checks to us directly by mail with or without our donation form if you are unable to print it.   Please include your mailing information and your email address and we will send you a note acknowleging our receipt of your contribution.  Monetary donations are easier for those living in the US since trying to mail over the Border through customs may be difficult. 
Please make contributions to your local rehab centres but please contact them first to find out what they may need and how much storage they may have.

There are many ways to contribute to MARS.  Often we are looking for specific items, household items such as Bleach, toilet paper, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, copy paper, B vitamins, and now fruit and berries.
Apples and oranges go to feed our mealworms while the strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are fed directly to growing songbirds such as the lovely Cedar Waxwing and Hermit Thrush presently in our care.
Donations of CASH help us to purchase the special FAWN milk needed this year.  Cash is required to buy mice, quail and medicines for our birds of prey, like the anti-parasitic for our Great Horned Owl or the antibiotics for the little baby barred owl that just had surgery. Cash also helps to buy duck food for the multiple mallard ducklings (and woodduck) in our care.
This year we have experienced a lot of expence for some items breaking down due to old age.  Our telephones needed replacing.  Our water system needed filtration.  Our refrigerator died and the old washing machine is on its last legs.  Please support our Raffle and look into sponsorship of one of our patients to help support our ongoing work.
We need your support.  Click on the links to find out more how you can help us help wildlife on Vancouver Island.  Charitable tax receipts are available for your donation. We thank you all for your support
 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 22, 2010, 01:50:02 AM
Thanks for posting the wish list and comments for MARS.  It's very helpful to see what they need and how it's used.  They need so many things!   Right now, money seems to be the best thing to send, either by credit card over the phone or by check.   I called and used a credit card and it was very easy.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on July 24, 2010, 02:45:33 PM
Doug wrote: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=31.msg19503#msg19503

MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY (MARS)
     It was Maj Birch of MARS who did so much to have the body of Phoenix recovered, delivered to Courtenay for examination and sent to Vancouver for Necropsy - a process too complex to describe here.  Largely because of her personality, she has a large number of volunteers who put in hours to help the cause.  One of the volunteers is a retired pilot who transports injured eagles, seals or whatever to where they can get assistance, using his own helicopter.  Phoenix's body was thus flown to Vancouver.

Yesterday I was informed about the eaglet in nest #9 (the next territory north).  It had tumbled out of the nest prematurely.  It appeared to be alright so it was decided to leave it there where the parents and neighbours could keep an eye on it an see that it is fed.  Mountainaire advises us - and there is now some concern it may have an injured wing, so they are sending a volunteer over to Hornby to check it out and do whatever is necessary.

Yesterday an abandoned baby seal was reported in this same area.  The rule is to watch it for two days and if parents don't show up, then report it to Mountainaire.  They came over, captured it and returned it to Courtenay.  I just phoned up and the seal is presently on its way to Saltspring Island where there are facilities to rehabilitate it.  The seal was believed to be slightly premature.  It is now managing very well.


It is of interest that the Government of British Columbia decided to spend $500,000,000 to put a retractable roof on BC Place to encourage a gambling casino to open larger facilities.  To counterbalance such expenditures, it is necessary to cut back on other (presumably less important) services.  Thus, all funding to animal rescue institutions like Mountainaire Avian Rescue have now been cut off.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on July 24, 2010, 09:38:10 PM
Hornby Island Eaglet Nest #9, "Niner"
Admitted: July 24, 2010
Case # 273
History: The eaglet was seen on the ground on July 21, 2010. boonibarb located the eaglet on the morning of July 24 2010 and after four hours of close observation, contacted MARS. A MARS volunteer traveled to Hornby Island to recover the eaglet.

From Maj:
Quote
My first examination of “Niner”: I think the eaglet is a male but will confirm gender tomorrow. He has no obvious injuries but his weight is low and muscle mass is not ideal.

I feel it would be more beneficial to keep this young eaglet in rehabilitation and let the parents continue to care for the sibling in the nest.
This will increase the sibling’s chances of survival post-fledging and Niner will be able to regain lost weight, put on some muscle and develop his flight muscles in rehabitation.

Eventually he will be moved to another rehabilitation centre for more flight conditioning in a larger flight pen, as we currently do not have one due to constraints.

More later! Take care, and cheerio. Maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 24, 2010, 09:50:10 PM
Ajl and Booni and Doug,

There must be nothing more comforting than to know that "he" is in good hands. Or I should say, he went from all of your good hands to another pair.

Thank you for everything.

xxxooo
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on July 25, 2010, 09:51:26 AM
Good    to  know  this  little  "guy" is  going to  be  cared  for  and  will  be  able  make   it  . . Thankyou  for  all  you do  maj  because  of  you  and  your  organization  this  little  guy  has a chance to  soar                                                      Thank you  all :ecsmile             
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on July 25, 2010, 09:57:07 AM


Maj is WONDERFUL!!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: bruner on July 25, 2010, 10:34:51 AM
Oh what a good news story and yes booni, I agree with you...Maj is wonderful, but hey...so are you.  I shudder to think of what would have happened had you not found the little guy.  As I watched him screech and wander, I was terrified he'd go into the path of a car.

That's a sad scenario, to see the Government wasting millions of dollars to put a roof on BC Place and cutting back on funding for more important things such as MARS.

Those politicians should visit MARS sometime and see what they do there.  Too bad a local TV station couldn't pick up on this......

"bruner"

 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Wolphie on July 25, 2010, 02:19:55 PM
Several news organizations did a story on Phoenix. Maybe those who are local to them, should write the news editor who did them?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on July 25, 2010, 04:12:43 PM
This is the quote from AJL's post, above:

From Maj:
My first examination of “Niner”: I think the eaglet is a male but will confirm gender tomorrow. He has no obvious injuries but his weight is low and muscle mass is not ideal.

I feel it would be more beneficial to keep this young eaglet in rehabilitation and let the parents continue to care for the sibling in the nest.
This will increase the sibling’s chances of survival post-fledging and Niner will be able to regain lost weight, put on some muscle and develop his flight muscles in rehabitation.

Eventually he will be moved to another rehabilitation centre for more flight conditioning in a larger flight pen, as we currently do not have one due to constraints.

More later! Take care, and cheerio. Maj

I have copied it here because I would think that Niner may be moved to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRC) which is very dear to our hearts.  We sponsored the release of a young eagle there.  They have the largest eagle flight cage of its kind in Canada.  There is a thread for NIWRC in this area of the forum.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 26, 2010, 02:38:01 PM
JoyofDogs http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?action=profile;u=880 is a volunteer at MARS. She asked that we post the pictures of "Niner," the eaglet from Nest #9 on Hornby Island that was rescued and brought to MARS. See the pictures below.

If you wish to read the remarkable story and see more on the Nest #9 go here: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=128.50


On July 21st, it was reported that “Niner,” had oops’ed out of the nest leaving his parents and a sibling. On July 24th, boonibarb found Niner on the ground and after four hours of close observation, contacted MARS. A MARS volunteer traveled to Hornby Island to recover the eaglet.

Joyofdogs took pictures of Niner at the MARS facility yesterday. The comments come from her. See below.


Reg holding Niner – easy boy.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/1RegholdingNiner-easyboy-1.jpg)



Checking his wing strength. He can flap which is good but his muscle tone is poor.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/3CheckinghiswingstrengthHecanflapwhichisgoodbuthismuscletoneispoor-1.jpg)



Don’t want to overtire him.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/4Dontwanttoovertirehim-1.jpg)



Wing stretched out. Checking muscle tone.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/5Wingstretchedout-checkingmuscletone-1.jpg)



Getting him settled.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/6Gettinghimsettled-1.jpg)



Intern getting ready to feed yummy herring puree.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/7aInterngettingreadytofeedyummyherringpuree-1.jpg)



Reg calming Niner.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/7bRegcalmingNiner-1.jpg)



His beak must be pried open so a tube can be put down his throat - beak is razor sharp.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/8Hisbeakmustbepriedopensoatubecanbeputdownhisthroat-beakisrazorsharp-1.jpg)



Open tunnel – here comes the choo choo.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/9Openthetunnel-herecomesthechoochoo-1.jpg)



Easy does it.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/10Easydoesit-1.jpg)



Very nutritious mixture is now injected slowly through the tube
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/11aVerynutritiousmixtureisnowinjectedshowlythroughthetube-1.jpg)



Feeding.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/11bFeeding-1.jpg)



Yum, that was good.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/12Yum-thatwasgood-1.jpg)



Cleaning off beak.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/13Cleaningoffbeak-1.jpg)



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 26, 2010, 02:38:39 PM
Checking ears for injury from the fall from the nest.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/14Checkingearsforinjury-1.jpg)


It is ok Niner, this won’t hurt.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/15ItisokNinerthiswonthurt-1.jpg)



Ear check continues.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/16Earcheck2-1.jpg)



Ear check continues.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/16bEarCheck3-1.jpg)



Almost done.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/17Almostdone-1.jpg)



-----------------------------

Here's an update.......... July 27, 2010

See Niner outside in tented enclosure. JoyofDogs could only peek inside to take these pictures.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/19Couldonlypeakthroughasmallcracksohewasnotdisturbed072710.jpg)


(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/18NineroutsideinBIGenclosure072710.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on July 27, 2010, 03:21:23 PM
Brigantine Nest, Hornby Island Eaglet "Little Brig"
Case # 281
Admitted July 27, 2010
History: The eaglet was grounded approx. July 19 2010 and located by boonbarb on the morning of July 26. After observing, she contacted MARS. The eaglet was captured that evening and transported by helicopter to MARS on the morning of July 27.
Initial examination showed the eaglet (believed to be female) to be heavily infested with ectoparasites. Her weight is low. She has been treated for dehydration and parasites and will continue to undergo evaluation.  
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 27, 2010, 04:11:37 PM
Lil Brig in good hand now, thank goodness.  I hope that they got her in time to help her get back to normal.  It will be interesting to hear what Joy has to say about her time volunteering at MARS today.  She was supposed to be there before Lil Brig arrived, so we may get more photos, too.  :eclove

Yay Hornby Eagles Advanced Rescue Team...HEART for short.   :heart

"We love and care for our wildlife friends with our HEART!"  ©2010 Doug Carrick/HEG
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on July 27, 2010, 07:11:42 PM
I hope Joy will post her photos and videos, but until she does, perhaps you can see these - she posted this link in chat today:

http://picasaweb.google.com/joyofretirement/BrigJul27#
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on July 27, 2010, 08:15:00 PM
I hope Joy will post her photos and videos, but until she does, perhaps you can see these - she posted this link in chat today:

http://picasaweb.google.com/joyofretirement/BrigJul27#
These videos are fabulous.  Thank you all
so much.  I am happy to see this rescue. 
All of you are just wonderful people. 
watermaid.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on July 27, 2010, 09:48:17 PM
Thanks for the updates.  I've never seen an eagle hydrated and was impressed how gently s/he was handled:  with dignity and respect.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 27, 2010, 10:47:10 PM
Maj from MARS posted an update on Little Brig at 9:55 PM nest time tonight. There is also a note on Niner.

Maj Birch:
     Tonight we have tubed the second eaglet from Hornby and s/he is doing well. Already eating fish. Niner has had a goodly amount of fish, too and is now outside. Both of these birds will miss the trip north this year - they need to put on weight and build flight muscles. They will learn from other eagles how to fight... for their food, then released back to Hornby hopefully before the snow flies.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 27, 2010, 10:49:38 PM
JoyofDogs (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?action=profile;u=880) is a volunteer at MARS. She asked that we post the pictures of "Little Brig," the eaglet from Brigantine Nest on Hornby Island that was rescued by Booni, overnighted at the Carricks’ home, wrapped up by Norm the helicopter pilot, assisted by Sheila Carrick and flown by helicopter to MARS today. Our JoyofDogs was on hand to take pictures and make commentary for us.


Maj readies to pick up Little Brig - Dog crates, not just for dogs
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/1MajreadiestopickupLittleBrig-Dogcratesnotjustfordogs.jpg)



Brig is in the bag awaiting car transportation to MARS.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/2Brigisinthebag.jpg)



Norm Snihur, Wildlife Rescue Angel
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/3NormSnihur-wildliferescueangel.jpg)



Airport where Norm landed the helicopter
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/4ThisiswhereNormandtheeaglelanded.jpg)



Getting ready to transfer Brig to Maj’s care
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/5GettingreadytotransferBrigtoMajscare.jpg)



Brig was bundled up like a papoose to keep her safe
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/6Brigwasbundleduplikeapapoosetokeephersafe.jpg)



A special delivery, carefully wrapped package
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/7Aspecialdeliverycarefullywrappedpackage.jpg)



Some airport visitors and staff wanted to see. Notice the large beak, probably a female.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/8SomeairportvisitorsandstaffwantedtoseeNoticelargebeak-probablyafemale.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 27, 2010, 10:49:53 PM
Brig - front and center with Maj.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/9LittleBirg.jpg)



Norm heading out. I mean up.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/10Normheadingouterrrrup.jpg)



Isolation room where Brig will be housed
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/11IsolationroomwhereBrigwillbehoused.jpg)



Suiting up to dust Brig for parasites and then hydrate her
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/12SuitinguptodustBrigfortheparasitesandthenhydrateher.jpg)



Nice colour Maj. All dressed up.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/13NicecolourMaj-Alldressedup.jpg)



Parasites crawling on Brig.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/14ParasitescrawlingonBrig.jpg)



She is quite underweight
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/15Sheisquiteunderweight.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 27, 2010, 10:50:10 PM
Dusting to remove parasites is done outside. All wore masks and gowns.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/16Dustingtoremoveparasitesisdoneoutside-allworemasksandgowns.jpg)



Look at those gorgeous feathers
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/17Lookatthosegeorgeousfeathers.jpg)



Powder gets gently distributed all over
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/18Powdergetsgentlydistributedallover.jpg)



Can you see the very skinny breastbone? A sign of emaciation (can only tell by exposing or feeling it).
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/19Canyouseetheveryskinnybreastbone-signofemaciation-canonlytellbyexposingorfeelingit.jpg)



Brig, “Are you nearly finished?”
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/20Areyounearlydone.jpg)



Stop already – I was impressed with how gentle everyone was.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/21Stopalready-Iwasimpressedwithhowgentleeveryonewas.jpg)



They also examined her ears for blood and maggots and washed her eyes with saline solution.
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/22Theyalsoexaminedherearsforbloodandmaggotswashedhereyeswithsalinesolution.jpg)



What an absolute beauty!
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/23Whatanabsolutebeauty.jpg)



Two pictures of hydration process
(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/24Hydration.jpg)

(http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad13/2010Highlights/25Hydration.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on July 27, 2010, 11:00:40 PM
I am in total awe of all that was done and is being done. My thanks go out to HEART  team :heart ( a perfect name I might add)  Booni, Wren, Doug,  Sheila,  Ajl, and also to Jason, Norman, Maj and the MARS team-- you are all the greatest.  :eclove

Thinking good thoughts about Niner and Brig too and hope to be able to see the release of these wonderful eaglets in the near future!!! Amazing-- simply amazing. :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 28, 2010, 01:22:35 AM
Joy, thank you for the wonderful story in pictures. :)  Awesome to be able to see so much of the process.  (ewww the bugs. :( )  Poor little thing, literally little, so thin. Looking forward to Brig and Niner being healthy happy eagles in the near future. :)

Thank you Rajame for posting them for all to see.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on July 28, 2010, 04:51:57 AM
Many bows, hugs, kisses and thanks to Booni, Doug, Sheila, Norm, Jason, Maj, everyone who made Niner's and Brig's rescues possible. What a team - a whole lot of HEART! Thank you, joyofdogs, for the wonderful photos and videos - it's so fascinating to see how things are done and heartwarming to see the care and gentleness. It did make my head itch .... but never mind that. I'm so glad MARS let you take pictures for us. We can all see that Niner and Brig are truly in good hands. And are they ever beauties!

And thank you Niner and Brig for coming into our lives.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on July 28, 2010, 08:30:45 AM
Thank you Joy for those great pics!!!!  Nice to see Brig in such great loving hands!!!  Yes, eeek the bugs, makes your skin feel like it's crawling, so you can just imagine how poor Brig was feeling!!!! Nice job all!!!! Looking forward to future updates about Niner and Brig!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Maria dB on July 28, 2010, 10:39:14 AM
We are so lucky to be part of this process. Just viewing is a blessing   :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 28, 2010, 12:03:29 PM
You are so right Maria. :)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lbnorthrup on July 28, 2010, 02:56:12 PM
Wow....what absolutely fascinating pictures of Brig eaglet....sounds like she was rescued just in time being so underweight and full of parasites....is that common with these eaglets or because she was on the ground for so long?  So many questions from a various inquisitive observer.... :-[
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 28, 2010, 04:41:47 PM
Wow....what absolutely fascinating pictures of Brig eaglet....sounds like she was rescued just in time being so underweight and full of parasites....is that common with these eaglets or because she was on the ground for so long?  So many questions from a various inquisitive observer.... :-[

Hello lbnorthrup.  Welcome to the ONZ forum.  Have you joined us in the Hornby cam chat room?  That's a good place to ask questions that aren't already answered by information on the forum threads, especially if Ajl is there.  She uses the bold gold type so it's easy to see what she's saying.   :nod2

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: smeeks on July 28, 2010, 06:34:52 PM
How do you get to the hornby chat room to ask questions?  S
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 28, 2010, 07:13:28 PM
Smeeks,

Here's the link to the cam page and chat. You will sign in with Wildearth.tv and then click the chat button which is towards the upper right of the box.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg20519#msg20519
 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg20519#msg20519)

I hope to see you there,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Circlebear on July 29, 2010, 04:23:18 AM
Somehow seeing the care of these eaglets is making the loss of Phoenix just a little easier to handle. Thanks to all of you. Will these eaglets ever be released back to hornby? And if so, How will they learn to fish and hunt for themselves. Can these two eaglets be together to keep one another company? So many questions.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 29, 2010, 04:55:07 AM
Circlebear, Maj, the wonderful lady who founded and runs MARS, the avian rescue facility where Niner and Brig are receiving excellent care, said that she expects both of them to be back on Hornby Island "before the snow flies."   :ecsmile

Niner is eating solid food and Brig has started eating it now, too.  That's a very good sign because sick birds often don't eat.  Hopefully, they will be able to join other birds at MARS and learn how to do some of the things their parents would have taught them.    :ecsmile

They need to become nutritionally and physically fit so they can build up their muscles and be strong enough to fly before they can be released.  Maj, and the people who work with her at Mars, are well-trained and have released many birds back into the wild.  We all hope that will be true for both Niner and Brig.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: neBunny on July 29, 2010, 05:43:28 AM
The entire process is just awsome may we all never forget lessons learned here. :heart :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on July 29, 2010, 08:52:39 AM
How do you get to the hornby chat room to ask questions?  S

smeeks & all new posters joining us a big welcome. Feel free to cruise around the forum & ask your questions here too, you don't need to sign up with chat to get your questions answered.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Juniorsmom on July 29, 2010, 10:46:02 AM
Thank you all for the care you give these beautiful eagles and for the photos and posts so the rest of us can learn more about them.  It too bad that Phoenix went so quickly, before they could have a chance to save her.  I really miss seeing the three of them in the nest, but anxious for the life cycle to begin again.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on July 29, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
Wow....what absolutely fascinating pictures of Brig eaglet....sounds like she was rescued just in time being so underweight and full of parasites....is that common with these eaglets or because she was on the ground for so long?  So many questions from a various inquisitive observer.... :-[

It isn't common to be underweight but eaglets do commonly have external parasites.  I would think that when they are not healthy, for whatever reason, that the parasites would be more troublesome for them and increase in number.  Many birds suffer from parasites in the nest. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on July 29, 2010, 05:01:24 PM
Spoke with Reg at MARS and he said both Niner and Brig have gained 1/3 kilo - about 12 oz - terrific.  They are eating real food - no more need to tube feed either of them.  They were introducing Brig to the same enclosure as Niner this afternoon.  I'll let you know how their first date went. They are guardedly optimistic that these birds will recover. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 29, 2010, 05:55:34 PM
Joy, thank you for bringing us an "on-the-scene" information about the Hornby eaglets!  It looks as if things are moving in the right direction.  Hope they get along well!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on July 29, 2010, 05:59:39 PM
Many thanks to those who have taken / posted the great photos; showing us how MARS so lovingly and gently cares for and bout the inhabitants.  Great work from caring hearts and hands. You are needed in the area. A letter will be sent to TPTB in Victoria.

Oh, TPTB = The Powers That Be
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on July 30, 2010, 01:49:07 AM
Maj posted this news on the Hornby eagles Facebook page a few hours ago:

Weighed Niner and Brig today - hooray - good news! They each have coloured leg bands to ID altho it's no surprise that Brig is much larger than Niner. We put them together today. A bit of push and posturing but now they have full crops and are sitting together.Getting another from Quadra Island to the North in the morning - long days.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on July 30, 2010, 07:20:46 AM
Nice to think of these young eagles in such good hands.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lbnorthrup on July 30, 2010, 09:53:21 AM
Wonderful news on these two youngsters.....hopefully they can learn together and be released if they develop good hunting skills.  Bless all of you for the hard work you do to keep these creatures in our midst! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on July 30, 2010, 11:16:39 AM
From MARS FB page today
Quote
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society - CHEK TV visited MARS today on the news at 5,6,and 10pm tonite. We thank all for their donations this will give us another month of funding. Brig and Niner are eating well thanks

 :thumbsup :clap
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amcderm904 on July 30, 2010, 04:22:00 PM
 http://www.cheknews.ca/ Eagle Rescue -

the interview of Maj by Chek TV is now available on their website.  Beware it does show Phoenix's body being removed twice from the nest for those who are sensitive to seeing that.

Other than that a very nice story. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on July 30, 2010, 04:28:08 PM
Blue, you are certainly right about the parasites! I've had a few on me, too, after handling infested birds.  Yesterday we had a young Raven at Lindsay.  He had both "interior" and "exterior" parasites, and he's being treated with oral doses of ivermectin.  We could see the external parasites and a stool sample revealed the roundworms living in his intestines.  Also powdered his feathers (which we can't do with aquatic birds because it compromises their waterproofing).

MARS seems to be an extraordinary wildlife center!

Oh, I'd better check that link.... 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on July 30, 2010, 04:31:17 PM
Thanks, amcderm904. I was hoping that someone would get it posted. Not much chance of catching it on tv here on the east coast of US.  :biggrin3

The cautionary note is really appreciated too.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on July 30, 2010, 05:06:54 PM
I thought this video should become part of the information on our forum.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g38/jeaniesa_2006/Miscellany/MARS.jpg)

Thank You, MARS, for all you do (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CW3cE2n8b0)
click link
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bug on July 30, 2010, 07:32:43 PM
First post! Was given the link to the eagle cam in mid-June and daily followed little Phoenix. Tears and more tears since she died and then through encouragement from the facebook gang, donated to MARS. Talked with Joyofdogs on the phone to donate. A privilege to do so. Love, love, love the photos joyofdogs posted, reports and news video of Niner and Little Brig!! It was so dear when Maj said on the news that she is surprised that people just want to talk to her and tell her THANK YOU. That is a humble woman.   
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on August 01, 2010, 01:37:06 PM
VISITING MARS;  If you want to visit MARS please call first to let them know when you are coming 250-337-2021.  They are often very busy with incoming birds and mammals and their first priority of to look after them. 

MARS is first and foremost a hospital and rehab center so please note that while you may have a look around and see their bird ambassadors (a red tailed hawk and a great barred owl) you will not be able to visit any of the patients. It is very stressful for birds to have too much human activity around them and MARS wants to give every bird the best chance possible at a full recovery.  Maj and the crew appreciate people's understanding of these policies. 

Sunday Aug 1 - Niner and BrigI are doing very well and happily cohabiting in a large pen.  They may soon be joined by Rebecca, another eaglet rescued from Quadra Island.  JoyofDogs ;-)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on August 01, 2010, 01:42:12 PM
Completely understandable these birds need the privacy. :heart

Thanks so much for the updates. Any other goings on with other rescue cases at MARS you wanted to share........ we would love to hear about them too.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on August 01, 2010, 01:43:41 PM
Joy, thank you for the update on Niner and Brig1.  I'm so happy to hear that they are getting along so well.

Thank you for volunteering your time to help these eaglets become healthy again, and be able to enjoy a fresh new start on Hornby Island.  You are an angel.
  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 01, 2010, 01:50:32 PM
Joy, thank you for this update.  

Looking at patients is stressful for them, causing them heart-rate spikes, suppressing their immune systems, and delaying (or even preventing) their recovery.  Imagine yourself in a hospital, immobilized in your bed with a broken leg, and a group of killer whales parades past your room and stares at you.  You'd be in fear for your life, perhaps even have a cardiac event.

Your timely updates mean less calls to MARS, which take volunteers and staff away from their hospital patients.  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 01, 2010, 05:46:00 PM
A painting of Phoenix by dalarie is being auctioned NOW!  The proceeds are being donated to MARS.

The information is here:


http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=389.msg20957#msg20957
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 01, 2010, 07:10:16 PM
Joy, thank you for bringing us news about MARS and "our" two Hornby eaglets that are receiving such good care there.  I hope MARS will be there for many years and be able to continue their truly vital work!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 01, 2010, 08:02:56 PM
Beautiful painting of Phoenix! So generous to donate for MARS :ecsmile :eclove
Thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lbnorthrup on August 02, 2010, 07:14:17 AM
Joy....thank you for the update on the two eaglets at MARS.  Tears came to my eyes again watching the video on Phoenix.   Such wonderful people - if she could only have hung on a little longer.   I haven't seen any further updates on her death from pneumonia.  Has anything else come from that that would help in determining what happened so quickly?   Just always fascinated by the medical side of assisting these wonderful creatures.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 02, 2010, 09:18:25 AM
IBNorthrop, the final test results will be posted in the "what happened to Phoenix" thread, I believe, as well as here as soon as they become available by AJL.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lbnorthrup on August 02, 2010, 01:13:20 PM
Thanks, Birdvoyer....just hoping whatever the final outcome is will be tremendously educational and helpful for future eaglets and their parents!

Lynn....... :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 02, 2010, 02:52:17 PM
I spoke with Maj this morning and MARS is very busy today with new patients, as well as two more seal pup rescues (one was underway).  :eceek

She said that Niner and Brig are doing very well. They have been introduced to Rebecca (the Quadra eaglet) and are fine with her.  All three will be going into a larger outdoor enclosure.  Let the fun begin! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sherry Leslie on August 02, 2010, 03:54:19 PM
How marvelous this is..I am so happy for MARS, AJL and all of the groups that are dedicated to saving these helpless animals...you are truly angels.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 02, 2010, 03:55:44 PM
AJ....  what wonderful news.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2010, 04:03:33 PM
Niner, Brig and Rebecca...we have the beginning of  MARS Eagles Teen Summer Camp!!!   :biggrin6

Planned activities will include:

Wing-flapping and "Got Lift?"  (muscle building)

"Who-can-eat-the-most?" contests  (strength building)

"Can we go swimming yet?" screeping  (vocal exercises)

"Talons are Not for Tickling!"  (using the weapons you have)

PJ Parties under the Stars   (orientation to the night sky)

"Beaking for Fun or Fighting"  (defensive and offensive maneuvers)

"How to Clean a Nest"  (housekeeping skills)

"Ways to Scare Other Eagles"  (learning to defend territory)

"Looking with an Evil Eye"  (learning to scare humans and other bothersome creatures)

It's rather like a Hogwarts for Teen-age Eagles.   :chuckle
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 02, 2010, 04:05:10 PM
 :eclol Very good!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 02, 2010, 04:49:35 PM
Great report Ajl and Tiger-- I love your summer camp for eaglets!!! :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 02, 2010, 05:41:02 PM
Great report Ajl and Tiger-- I love your summer camp for eaglets!!! :biggrin6

Where do we sign up?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lovethebabies on August 04, 2010, 08:24:49 AM
I went out to Mars yesterday to give a donation in memory of Pheonix and Maj, who knows my sister, gave my sister and my granddaughter and I a quick personal tour.  She let me take pics of Brig, Niner and Rebecca as well as the new seal pup rescued yesterday which I will try to post later when I get back to Langley!  Thanks Maj for taking time out of your extremely busy schedule!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 04, 2010, 08:30:00 AM
Looking forward to seeing those pictures from yesterday.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 04, 2010, 04:56:23 PM
Received two great photos from MARS today to share. The first one is of Brig from yesterday, being held by Animal Care tech Reg.

(http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/9373/brigon8310marsanimalcar.jpg)

What a beautiful baby!

Next photo is of Niner, again taken yesterday, in the new flight pen. I think I am in love all over again. I am so thrilled for these two eaglets.

(http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/4023/ninerinthenewflightpen8.jpg)

Thank you Maj at MARS for sending these along to keep us informed of their progress.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 04, 2010, 05:40:11 PM
Thanks for posting the photos, birdvoyer.

Brig has a nice fluffy hairdo (no critters there) and looking bright-eyed but calm. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lovethebabies on August 04, 2010, 08:07:51 PM
I am fairly new to photobucket so I hope I have done this right!  Pictures from MARS that I took yesterday.  Sorry the pics of the juvie's are a little blurry, I didn't want to use my flash and scare them and I was just a tad excited to see them so was shaking a little too.  It was wonderful of Maj to show us around.  My granddaugher fell in love with the little UFO's (song sparrows maybe)!  The little seal pup was exhausted but was so adorable.  The young eagles were sooo beautiful.  I also am posting a picture of the quiet room that all birds stay in for their first 24 hours.  Niner is the solo eaglet and Brig and Rebecca are on the perch.  Also a picture of Maj with me and my granddaugher!
(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSQuietroom.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSQuietroom.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSBrigandRebecca3.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSBrigandRebecca3.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSBrigandRebecca.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSBrigandRebecca.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSUFOs.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSUFOs.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSNiner.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSNiner.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARS070.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARS070.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARSsealpup.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARSsealpup.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/th_MARS1.jpg) (http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn134/lovethebabies_photos/?action=view&current=MARS1.jpg)

eta: I put a space between the pics, easier to see them. hope  you don't mind. emc
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 04, 2010, 08:26:45 PM
Thank you for posting the pictures you took at MARS, Lovethebabies!  What a treat to be able to go there, meet Maj and see the birds and seal!   :ecsmile   What a special day for your granddaughter.   Wow!

The apparent size difference between Brig and Rebecca shows up on the perch shots...if my eyes aren't deceiving me!  Niner must want a little "me" time away from the others... :eclol


Very nice pictures received from MARS, Birdvoyer. Thank you for posting them here for all of us to see.   :ecsmile  It's nice to be able to keep up with what is happening with "our" eagles.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 04, 2010, 09:44:34 PM
Thank you for sharing Lovethebabies.  :eclove 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lbnorthrup on August 05, 2010, 07:26:21 AM
When you see Reg holding Brig.....it just shows you how big those babies are - their feet and head are not to mess with....beautiful upclose shots! :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 05, 2010, 08:49:41 AM
Thankyou, Lovethebabies.  So nice to have a visit to MARS with you and nice to see you and your lovely grandaughter.

Everything looks so clean at MARS and one has the feeling that the critters are in the best of care! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 05, 2010, 09:57:04 AM
Thanks Birdvoyer for posting those great photos!!! Aren't they beauties!!!!!!  So good to know they are doing well and are in such great hands --- and yes I feel the same --"our eagles"  :biggrin6  Wren, Booni and Doug and Sheila must be feeling pretty proud!!!!

Luvthebabies--- thank you too for sharing your experiences with us.  What a treat to be able to visit MARS and see all the great work that they do and to met Maj too. i bet your grandaughter really enjoyed it.  I love seeing you and your cute grandaughter with Maj and of course all the wonderful critters!!!!!

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 05, 2010, 03:09:48 PM
On the MARS Facebook page, Maj posted that the seal pup has been transferred to  Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Saltspring Island  ~ Norm flew him there!

Link for IWNCC:  http://sealrescue.org/

What a wonderful network of rehabs groups, I am very impressed.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 05, 2010, 03:37:32 PM
Wow , thank you Nancy for posting the link to IWBCC---- I just love looking at all the good work that is being down.  Wishing I could be doing that sort of thing, sure hope to when I retire!!!!!!! It just does the heart good to see these seals and other animals in such caring, capable hands with a chance for life they wouldn't have had if they had not been rescue.  The down side is--- I find it hard that the government would cut funding to these worthwhile places--  it's just not right!!!!! These animals, birds etc. would not have any chance if not for them.  Something wrong with that picture.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Montana46 on August 06, 2010, 07:43:32 AM
What an incredible story about that little seal. Hopefully we can see the release?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 06, 2010, 11:38:28 AM
Wildlife centers do awesome work!  Now the general public is learning about all they do.  Hopefully, this exposure will generate some contributions so they can continue to help wildlife.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 12, 2010, 12:17:45 AM
JoyofDogs & DancingLady Eagle Sighting & Touring MARS
August 8-10, 2010

JoyofDogs asked that I post these pictures for you. The pictures are of a few days visiting with DancingLady. There are also pictures of the feeding of Cedar Waxwing babies, pictures of Niner, Lady Brig and Rebecca. Thank you Joy for sharing with us!




Dancing Lady keeping a respectful distance from an eagle pair
Storries Beach
Aug 8, 2010
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/1-DancingLady-StorriesBeach.jpg)




Feeding cedar waxwing babies.
They eat fruit & seeds.
Aug 8/10
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/2-Feedingcedarwaxwingbabies.jpg)




Niner & Rebecca, Aug 8/10
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/3-NinerRebeccaAug8.jpg)




Niner & Rebecca
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/4-NinerRebecca.jpg)




Lady Brig, Aug. 8/10
(through a screen door)
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/5-LadyBrigAug8.jpg)




Lady Brig
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/6-LadyBrig.jpg)




Joy, Dancing and Maj at MARS
(http://gi128.photobucket.com/groups/p189/PUEOVQ2XQM/7-JoyDancingandMajatMARS.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 12, 2010, 09:01:59 AM
Thanks, again, for photos.  Nice to see you with Maj and good to see the eaglets doing well.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on August 12, 2010, 07:31:44 PM
Wonderful to see all the 'rescued' birds doing so well. And also other photos from around MARS.
Thank you all so much for posting the,.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 17, 2010, 11:46:31 AM
Yesterday Winterwren and booni rescued a grounded eaglet. The eaglet, now known as Decker, is from nest 15.

Dan transported the eaglet from Hornby to Denman, and another volunteer transported Decker to MARS.
Last night he received his first examination and was rehydrated; this morning he received a second examination and was then treated for a heavy load of ectoparasites.  Maj says that they found no obvious injuries; Decker is very thin and is now being tubed a mix that will help him begin to recover his losses.



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 17, 2010, 11:49:04 AM
Blessings to HEART and a great coach, Decker and all at MARS.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on August 17, 2010, 12:45:03 PM
Ajl, thank you for the update from Maj at MARS regarding Decker's condition upon examination.  Your constant communications have assisted so greatly to ensure that all of the rescues have gone smoothly.  Decker is certainly in good hands now and we can relax and let Maj and her team do their marvelous work.   :clap

Thanks to Wren, Booni, Doug and Dan for all of your first-hand observations, capturing and transporting of Decker.  This team is so appropriately named...H.E.A.R.T.    :heart

You are all amazing and the teamwork displayed is so awesome.  The eagles and eaglets on Hornby are so blessed to have such a team.  I'll be looking forward to all the updates from you and Maj. 

Wow, is about all I can say.  You guys and gals rock!!    :bow
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on August 17, 2010, 02:18:23 PM
AJL, thanks for the update. I thought I saw you on Chat this morning, but the words and you had gone by the time I signed in.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 17, 2010, 02:38:27 PM
What a Team!  What a wonderful rescue yesterday of Decker, the newest eaglet to be helped by HEART!  What a blessing that Winterwren and Booni have developed the knowledge and confidence to do what's best for these Hornby fledglings!  Thanks to AJL for all her knowledge, which can only benefit these beautiful eagles in their time of greatest need!  Thanks to Mars for all the help they give the stressed birds and wild creatures.  And Thanks to the Wonderful Eagle Lovers who follow these birds and love them and give so freely and absolutely to help Mars and Hornby do their wonderful work! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 17, 2010, 07:29:03 PM
Very good news!  Thanks for the update, AJ. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on August 17, 2010, 09:08:34 PM
 :ecsmile I am so very pleased that Decker is at MARS. I was concerned about Decker. Thanks to all who rescued Decker and got treatment for him/her.
Please keep us posted.  :heart :heart
Sunny
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 17, 2010, 10:08:21 PM
Thanks for the update AJL. So glad Decker was rescued and is now in good hands!!! Good to hear he is doing much better :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 18, 2010, 04:23:43 PM
I bet Decker has been treated for all of those parasites and feels a whole lot better than sitting on the beach waiting for some kind souls to bring him a salmon head!   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 18, 2010, 09:02:15 PM
Yes Blue.  :heart  Today Decker is feeling more like an eaglet should feel. He is still undergoing emaciation treatment but he is resisting and becoming a bit of a handful so, because his digestion and droppings have improved, he will be moved to whole foods.


There will be some photos and video of Decker as well as the other eaglets soon.  :ecsmile

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 18, 2010, 10:08:36 PM
Oh, good!  Can't wait to see how Niner and Brig look now - and Rebecca. 

Decker must be a male.   :eclol He just looks like a determined little male eaglet.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 18, 2010, 10:33:11 PM
"WOW," that's about all I can say after lurking here wondering if I could possibly add anything - I am a retired people-doctor and I marvel at the skill and compassion that I have seen from HEART. I was introduced to Phoenix by my son in early May when I was searching for more info on Eagles, and it was LOVE at first site...the rest is history. Between the tears and the laughter, now I send love out to Niner, Rebecca, Brig and Decker, and all of those amazing people who are helping them. We have a nesting pair near us here on the shores of Lake Michigan. We first saw a juvenile this winter. So many questions arose about the family unit and habits, many of which have been answered by this wonderful forum. Thank you for being here.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 18, 2010, 11:14:13 PM
Welcome to the forum Faerie Gardener.  We're glad you decided to join us.
This is a place with lots of special people.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 18, 2010, 11:15:16 PM
Oh Faerie,

Welcome to posting. I am so glad you are here. The cam, chat and forum are remarkable as are the people.

If you have any questions let me know.

 :heart
Rajame
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 19, 2010, 01:36:35 AM
Welcome Faerie.  It's nice to have you join our community of wildlife lovers.   :ecsmile

Ajl, thank you for your comments about Decker becoming feisty!  That's wonderful news!  It looks as if Wren and Booni got there just in time and your evaluation and then suggestions about the supplement must have made a vital difference!   :eclove

H.E.A.R.T. is working so well!!!    :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Maria dB on August 20, 2010, 06:55:57 AM
Hi Faerie. Welcome  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 21, 2010, 12:29:48 PM
Looking forward to the pics and updates.  Whenever MARS has time. lol
Busy, busy with eaglets and more :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 23, 2010, 01:08:23 PM
Maj posted this video on our Facebook page a couple of hours ago.   :biggrin3

"Bathtime at Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSgrf6l9zkM
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 23, 2010, 01:14:25 PM
How beautiful they are! Thanks Nancy for bringing that over to the forum. They are looking great!    :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 23, 2010, 01:18:08 PM
Oh, that spray bath must feel so good on a hot day!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 23, 2010, 01:34:55 PM
That would be Rebecca, Niner, and Brig.  Nice to see them doing so well. The boys didn't think so much of it. lol

What's the news on Decker?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on August 23, 2010, 01:54:57 PM
 :eclol i was waiting for the eaglets to say something, it seemed like a spoof.

Hey Brig what's that animal doing in fact what are those, their all over Hornby too?  Brig says  dunno niner, but that spray feels pretty good, do they all have water coming out of their talons?. lol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on August 23, 2010, 02:29:50 PM
 :ecsmile :heart :ecsmile
Thank you for the great pictures of the Eaglets....How is Decker??? I do not believe
he is there. Appreciate updates and again thank you. Look forward to more....
Sunny :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on August 23, 2010, 03:49:41 PM
Thank you for the video of the eaglets at bath time.  Do they
get a bath every day?

Watermaid "Joan"
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 23, 2010, 04:39:53 PM
Thanks for the wonderful video of Bath Time!   How much fun!!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on August 23, 2010, 07:36:24 PM
Thank you so much Nancy for giving us an update on Rebecca, Niner and Brig.  The wait has been worth it to see them doing so well at MARS.  I can't wait until they are healthy and strong enough to be released into the wild.  What a wonderful celebration that will be for everyone involved in their lives.    :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 23, 2010, 08:56:56 PM
I only posted the link to the video from MARS, but am in no way involved with them   - wish I knew the answers to the other questions!   Some day I am sure we will hear all the news.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on August 25, 2010, 05:27:20 AM
Thank  you  for the  video  of  our  eaglets getting  a nice  cool bath. Mars is the  "Spa" of  luxury  .  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 25, 2010, 08:18:05 AM
Decker continues to improve and he is very feisty - a sign of health.  He has been introduced to Niner, Brigabooni and Rebecca and is enjoying their company. Apparently Decker "loves the ladies".  :eclol



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: idahowa on August 25, 2010, 08:32:31 AM
Great to hear about Decker and the "shower" video is great.  I think I've watched it three times!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 25, 2010, 10:03:35 AM
Thanks for the update, Ajl.  That is such a relief and encouraging for the long run!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on August 25, 2010, 10:50:07 AM
Apparently Decker "loves the ladies".  :eclol
He probably misses his Mom!   :eccry
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 25, 2010, 02:05:29 PM
It makes me really happy  :biggrin3  to hear that Decker is fiesty and improving. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on August 25, 2010, 03:04:05 PM
Thank you so much for the update on Decker.  If he
has joined the other eaglets, he must be doing better
and I am so thankful to hear this news.  All of you
involved are most wonderful people and I appreciate
your caring very much.

Watermaid
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 28, 2010, 02:33:07 PM
A new video of the four eaglets at MARS: Rebecca, Niner, Brig, and Decker   :thumbup:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEzGyA4R-Us
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 28, 2010, 03:00:07 PM
Thankyou, Nancy.  They look quite happy.  (Wonder who stayed on the ground?)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 28, 2010, 03:11:45 PM
I was wondering the same thing, Blue.  They seem to be getting stronger...thank goodness for Maj and MARS!   :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 28, 2010, 03:14:54 PM
I think that is Decker who stayed on the ground - he is the last one shown in the video. The narrator identifies each as the video goes along.

MARS needs a bigger flight pen  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 28, 2010, 03:17:26 PM
Yes, I heard her call Decker by name. That is the last one rescued by HEART so may still have some catching up to do. They are so fortunate to have this "second chance."  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on August 28, 2010, 03:18:21 PM
It's so great to see all 4 of them progressing so well.  I just hope that Maj will be able to release them at the same time when all of the Hornby eagles return from their salmon run.  Wouldn't that be a celebration?!!!!  Woo hoo!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 28, 2010, 03:19:56 PM
Hopefully, Decker will want to do what the others are doing and soon will be able to perch with them and fly around the flight pen.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 28, 2010, 04:08:04 PM
I had to turn my speakers waa-aaay up to hear the narration.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 28, 2010, 04:52:51 PM
I watched this video several times!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on August 28, 2010, 06:15:59 PM
I do not belong to YouTube. I have reservsations about it. I would love to watch the videos.  Is there another way to view the videos?  :mconfused
Any help appreciated.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 28, 2010, 07:01:25 PM
Sunny,

You don't have to belong to YouTube.  You can watch the video right here by clicking on the arrow in the middle of it (above) to start it playing.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Laurie_lh on August 28, 2010, 07:15:43 PM
big  :heart 's for all four of them
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 28, 2010, 07:53:55 PM
Thank you Nancym! There is nothing that makes my heart happy like seeing the 4 eaglets flying. Don't their feathers look amazing up that close? Woohoo! Heal on Eaglets!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on August 28, 2010, 08:58:34 PM
I am so happy to see this progress.  Thanks to all for the
great work and caring.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on August 28, 2010, 09:19:26 PM


In the video of the FOUR  :hearts2  eaglets, i noticed, when Decker flies away from the videographer, he is missing a good few tail feathers! right in the middle of his tail!
i was thinking, gee, when did THAT happen???
i don*t remember him missing tail feathers.
But then wren called, & told me she had a foto showing that he was missing them the day we caught him.
So, i replayed the video i took of him that day, & there, near the end, you can see loud & clear, his missing tail feathers.
i wonder how he lost these???  :puzzled2

august 16 2010 5:05pm - Decker on the beach pre-capture


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4936889688_b8681ab138_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4936889688_b8681ab138_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 28, 2010, 09:30:48 PM
...i wonder how he lost these???  :puzzled2

I don't think it was a sticky trap!  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 28, 2010, 11:33:31 PM
Sure hope someone didn't try to catch him by the tail, or worse yet, collect a few suveniers?  :ecsad
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 29, 2010, 12:19:46 AM
Maybe his tail feathers are still coming in? 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2010, 12:42:54 AM
That certainly could explain why he isn't flying the way the others are!  We'll have to ask Ajl what the prognosis is for him.  How long will it take before he can grow or re-grow those missing feathers, etc.?   :puzzled2  That's such an important part of being a normal eagle.  (It may take a loooong time...  :ecsad )

Booni, we're so fortunate to have you and Wren on our H.E.A.R.T. team for many reasons...taking photos to compare with other data adds so much to what we can learn, know, do...   :nod2

Many thanks!   :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 29, 2010, 01:07:16 AM
The feathers could be in the process now.  Couldn't get a good enough look to see if there are blood feathers there.  MARS definitely will know, and maybe someone from there could tell us.
If so, then it won't be long until he has them.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2010, 01:41:28 AM
Booni, it's interesting to see that those tail feathers also were missing in the video you took when Decker was still on Hornby Island.  None of us noticed that at the time...something more for us to remember about observing in the future!   :ecsmile 

Of course, things were moving so fast, we weren't thinking about details like missing tail feathers at the time!!!   :eceek  :ecnono   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on August 29, 2010, 05:51:27 AM
booni and wren have developed keen eagle-eye vision for details ... thanks, you two, for pointing out Decker's missing feathers - it will be interesting to see how long it takes to grow new ones ...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 29, 2010, 01:22:35 PM
Update on Decker: Maj and I discussed his missing tail feathers today. One can only guess at what might have happened - did they fail to emerge, did he become entangled in brush and lose them while trying to free himself, did something catch him by the tail?  There were no apparent injuries (e.g. puncture wounds) that would point to them being lost in an attack; the case of the missing tail feathers remains unsolved. 

He will be undergoing another examination and another treatment for parasites tomorrow or Tuesday (as will the other three) and we hope there will be evidence of emergence.

The eaglets have unlimited food available to them and a good variety; it is interesting to see their choices.
Decker is a red meat man; when offered a choice of salmon or deer meat (from road-killed deer), his preference is venison. He says Ostrich can have his share of the salmon.

I'll post another update after the birds have had their physicals.



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 29, 2010, 01:56:28 PM
I'm looking forward to reading the results of his physical and any information you can post about diet and medications.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2010, 02:59:50 PM
Thanks for the update, Ajl.  It's nice that you are our ears/eyes and can give up information on the four eaglets.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on August 29, 2010, 03:07:03 PM
Thank you Ajl for taking the time to call Maj and get the update on Decker.  I pray that he is just a late bloomer and that his tail feathers will emerge soon.  You are an angel to keep all of us posted on the four eaglets.   :hug  ((hugs))
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 29, 2010, 03:43:53 PM
Ah, the missing tail feathers! 

Do you think the ravens were pulling his tail to distract him from the salmon heads on the beach?  (Just kidding - the ravens do tug on eagles tail feathers for that reason but doubt they hang on long enough to pull one out.  It would be too risky for the raven.) 

One might guess that an otter, dog or raccoon could grab a grounded eaglet's tail.  I don't think there are raccoons on Hornby.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on August 29, 2010, 03:52:31 PM
I guess this explains why Decker is not flying - but is becoming good at running.  I sure hope his earlier human contact didn't cause him to lose tail feathers - if you grab an eaglet by the tail you could wind up with a handful of feathers.   :eceek

Interesting to learn that he prefers red meat to salmon - especially as the Hornby Island eagles are more used to fish than meat in their diets. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 29, 2010, 04:58:13 PM
Madrona, I think you're right about his reluctance to fly-- Tail feathers are essential to flying:

Quote
...The male lost half of his tail feathers. After he grows in the rest of his tail, he’ll be able to create drag that will slow him down and allow him to land.

Source:  Lindsay Wildlife Museum Hospital (article about the sticky traps)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 29, 2010, 06:32:47 PM
Madrona: No, it wouldn't make him reluctant to fly; birds can fly with some missing tail feathers.  The tail acts as a rudder, a brake and so on, but the wings and the flight muscles are the things that are crucial to flight. Decker doesn't yet have the 'oomph'.  He is still regaining weight and repairing, thus energy is used for recovery rather than exercise and building muscle. That will come - but this demonstrates malnutrition's toll on the body, and how very long it takes to heal.

The other eaglets were in similar shape, and Niner (who has been in care longest) has only recently started to flutter and flap.

Beans: at the moment their diet comprises a variety of fish and venison, with some supplements (vitamins, minerals). None of the birds had infections that required medications but they will be receiving another dose of Ivermectin, which takes care of endoparasites like worms and also acts on any stubborn mites or lice that persist.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2010, 07:20:02 PM
Thank you for explaining about Decker's tail feathers, Ajl.  Hopefully, they will grow back and it's good to know that he'll still be able to fly when he recovers enough and gets the energy he needs, along with building up his muscles so he has the strength to do it.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 29, 2010, 08:33:59 PM
Thanks, AJ--
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on August 29, 2010, 10:20:18 PM
Booni was the first one to notice the gap in Decker's tail. Then I checked my files and found 2 pictures I took while Doug was filming, the morning of the day we sent Decker to care. Here is the best of them. I had paid scant attention to it because I perceived it as a miss... Hah!

Decker's tail and feet, with salmon head, August 16 2010 - click for closeup.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4940211999_eb861d6df7_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4940211999_eb861d6df7_b.jpg)

Wren
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 29, 2010, 11:03:00 PM
Winterwren, that photo is worth a great deal to help with the documentation of Decker's missing tail feathers.  :ecsmile    Do either you and/or Booni have any pictures of him and his tail before that (another day earlier that week)?

Thank you for posting it. 

 :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Maria dB on August 30, 2010, 06:07:14 AM
I've just been catching up on the last few pages.  :eceek Wonderful pictures and videos ladies. I watched each video a few times. It's great to be able to see how the 'toddlers' are coming along :eclol Is Decker younger than the others perhaps and just branching?  :eceek
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 30, 2010, 06:32:29 AM
Earlier this season, I heard a little bit about an eagle called Beethoven and his mate in the Campbell River area. Apparently their eaglet is having some real problems, and Maj has been keeping an eye on the situation.  A news article by Christine Scott was posted on Thursday, August 26, on BCLocalNews.com.

Link to online article:  http://www.bclocalnews.com/lifestyles/101582388.html

It reads in part:

A situation playing out near Campbell River’s estuary has been particularly wrenching. Two aging eagle parents closely guard their weakened, struggling chick which remains in the nest day after day, unable to summon the strength to make its first flight. As if sensing an easy meal, predators – including one Peregrine Falcon – are often nearby.

The scene becomes more heartbreaking after viewing photographs of the nestling’s under-developed wings showing ‘tassels’ where feathers should be.

The article also mentions "our" four eaglets already in care at MARS, and mentions that Maj is aware of another four grounded eaglets in her area.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Maria dB on August 30, 2010, 06:43:08 AM
Oh Nancy..That is so sad and upsetting.  Let's hope predators don't get it and it can be rescued and sent to Maj before it's to late  :eccry
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 30, 2010, 07:57:03 AM
 :sigh News reporters never can quite get the story right. Neither here nor there, how valid is the statement that all eaglets are "second egg?" Even in the Carrick's Hornby nest, with the cam as documentation, we have not been 100% sure that Phoenix was the first or second egg. AJL has certainly provided her educated "guess" but in the other cases, who would know? It would make sense that the first hatch would be stronger and more likely to have the advantage. But is it always the case?

I wonder if there are plans to "rescue" the fragile eaglet. I certainly hope so. How very sad. It breaks my heart just to know this let alone watch it unfold.
  :eccry
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 30, 2010, 08:14:43 AM
Ajl- thank you for explaining Decker's missing tail feathers and Wren for showing the photo of them. Hopefully all will end well for Decker as he gains his strength.

Nancy-- thank you for the news on the other eaglets.... so sad... hopefully something can be done and they can rescue those that need to be. Breaks your heart but knowing Maj is aware and monitoring the situations is a comfort.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 09:48:45 AM
It reads in part:

 ....As if sensing an easy meal, predators – including one Peregrine Falcon – are often nearby.

Why does the newspaper reporter think a Peregrine Falcon would be a threat?  I think the largest bird they grab is a pigeon.

This is the story of wildlife.  Their lives are never easy.  On the other hand, if all of of them survived, there would not be enough food for them.  Or homes.  We have to think about survival of the fittest.  The strong and healthy contribute to a good blood line.

But it is human nature (at least in this forum) to want to help.  None of us wants to see an animal suffer.   :sad
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 30, 2010, 09:53:51 AM
Maj has been able to find and evaluate one of the grounded eaglets.  She felt it was bright, energetic, wary of humans and moving nicely, and that it would soon be flying. Some appear to be later-than-normal clutches. Monitoring continues.

Maj consulted with others (including me) on Beethoven's chick. There are three our four theories regarding cause but that of course can't be known until he or she is captured, examined and tested.

The hope is that the eaglet has now gained just enough strength to depart the nest and flutter to the ground, where he/she will immediately be recovered. When the problem was made known, it was at a point where going up to the nest would likely have caused it to bolt and at that time (when the feathers were shorter and the bird hadn't exercised much) that would have been a disaster - a crash landing. The parents have been feeding the eaglet well and it has been working on developing muscle so collective fingers are crossed that little Beethoven Jr. will ground without injury.

Jim (Beethoven Jr's guardian) is remarkable. He has monitored tirelessly and provides excellent videos and photographs so that the eaglet's situation can be assessed.

This case will be difficult and likely take a long time to resolve.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on August 30, 2010, 10:02:11 AM
Thank you AJL for your perspective and update on Beethoven's nest. Thank goodness for Jim's dedication.

Yes, beans, as much as we would like to save them all, it is not always right. I think because of the increase in interest and the Internet, we just hear about more and more tragedies and it makes it so hard.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 10:12:56 AM
URGENT!  I ask all of you with YouTube sites to sign in and flag this video!

Geese Meet Taser (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRkhwkszGWs&feature=related)

How to flag this video

1) click on the little flag under the video window, to the right
2) under "Report this video as inappropriate," in the "select a reason" window, scroll down to "violent or repulsive content" and select "animal abuse" on the right
3) click on the new window "flag this video."

This is not the first video I've flagged.  I've seen several others and have rallied friends to flag them.  All of them were taken down by YT.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on August 30, 2010, 10:32:44 AM
Nice work beans.  It had already been removed when I just went to flag it.  Sounds nasty, though.  There are some sickos out there, for sure.   :mgritted
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 10:40:16 AM
I contacted a number of friends with YT sites.  YT is very fast!

Didn't I post this in chat?  Did I post it here, too?   :blush

Anyway, mission accomplished.  And yes, I have the YT site (which you can see in the link if you go to "quote").  I'd like to taser that little sh*t who tasered the goose.  I doubt it survived very long....

Now, back to Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society and their good works.

NB:  Forum Guides, feel free to delete my posts from this thread
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 30, 2010, 10:50:37 AM
Thank you for the alert Beans and to your friends for their quick actions. It is important to know that we can flag these horrible videos. Bless you! Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 30, 2010, 12:03:17 PM
Wonder where some of the misinformation re: the campbell river eaglet is from? :nope
Sounds familiar, poisoning from older eaglets and imprinting and not being able to be released.  :eceek

Too bad the reporter didn't stick to Maj and her opinions only.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 30, 2010, 01:16:50 PM
Right EMC, it sounds familiar.

A bird this age would not 'imprint' and knows full well that it is an eagle. If it has to go through a lengthy stay at rehab, it would be housed with other eagles and there would be minimal human contact outside of necessary examinations and treatments. As to cause, one can't jump to conclusions about toxins accumulation.  There are other explanations and if this bird is lucky and is admitted to MARS, the blood work will tell the tale. 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 01:39:50 PM
There's an interesting paragraph in my "new" second-hand book, Hand-Rearing Birds by Laura J. Gage, DVM, and Rebecca S. Duerr, DVM, 2007, pp. 229-230.   

Quote
Imprinting and habituation are very different behaviors.  Imprinting is the permanent alteration of sexual identity and species orientation.  Imprinted birds can be imprinted to humans, objects, or even another species when cross-fostering techniques are used...The process of imprinting begins soon after hatch and continues at least through the first month of life.  Recent evidence suggests that imprinting can occur in birds with a long life span and slow maturity postfledge.  Imprinting is thought to be associated with food delivery during the first days or weeks of life.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 30, 2010, 03:04:18 PM
Pesticide contamination may not be the problem here (how would any one know before testing?), but another article about a study  of eagles near the Great Lakes implies that bioaccumulation of pesticides and other compounds partly explains the "lackluster rebound" of the eagle population in that area.

Link to full article (not the original research):   http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=4142 (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=4142)
August 26, 2010

Excerpt:

Researchers from Indiana University have detected organochlorine pesticides and flame retardants in blood samples taken from bald eagle nestlings in the Great Lakes region. After DDT was banned, many scientists expected the bald eagle population to recover more quickly, so this study provides some evidence to explain their lackluster rebound. The researchers found not only organochlorines and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), but several flame retardants commonly used in foam padding, such as pentabromoethylbenzene (PBEB), hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDs) and Dechlorane Plus (DP).

The paper, published in the August issue of the scientific journal Chemosphere was authored by Marta Venier of Indiana University. Ms. Venier and her colleagues collected blood samples by climbing trees to access the nests, carrying the nestlings carefully to the ground, and drawing a small blood sample before returning them to their nests.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 30, 2010, 03:13:03 PM
One of my books, The Life Of Birds by Welty and Baptista, 1990, has a chapter on imprinting. As AJL says, the period for imprinting is over.

The critical period for imprinting occurs after the beginning of locomotion and before the onset of fear.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 03:42:37 PM
Blue, another book to put on my wish list?

Is it a big book?  Took me almost a year to get through Handbook of Bird Biology (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/093802762X/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books).  :faint
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 30, 2010, 04:44:46 PM
Seven pounds = heavy reading!!    :rotf1    :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 30, 2010, 04:51:44 PM
Comes in handy as a weapon, too  --  I call that multitasking. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 30, 2010, 05:41:11 PM
Or a rather expensive door-stop... :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 30, 2010, 06:56:13 PM
It is big, about 600 pages, illustrated, and another 100+ pages of reference and index.  It is actually a course textbook for ornithology.  Mine is the 4th Edition.  The authors are from the California Academy of Sciences.  I can send you all the info if you like.  I got mine in a secondhand store.

Another one for general information on birds I have is an old edition of Bird Display and Behaviour by Edward A. Armstrong.  It gives a lot of info that the other one doesn't as it is a study of bird psychology.  It explains why pairs pretend to attack each other when a second one arrives at the nest and things like that.

I also have some specialty books like a few on corvids (love the ravens and crows) as well as - oh, so many books!  

I am a bookaholic, love the printed word!  I also love my books and would never use one as a weapon or a doorstop.
 :ecnono
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 31, 2010, 12:42:09 AM
Blue...I luv books, too, and would never use them as doorstops or weapons...just teasing, as you were.   :eclove

We used to visit bookstores frequently on week-end evenings...one of our favorite things to do... :ecsmile

Any information you'd like to share is welcome.  I noticed that the price at Cornell is lower, but it's still expensive new.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 31, 2010, 12:44:37 PM
Maj posted the following note on the MARS Facebook page just a few minutes ago:

Niner, Brig and Rebecca are heading down to NIWRA via MARS interns for their final flight conditioning today. Videos and photos will be forthcoming with their final weights and measurements while here at MARS. Decker will stay here for another week or two to see if his "DECK" feathers grow in.

Folks not familiar with NIWRA  can read a bit about them here in the forum:  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=180

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on August 31, 2010, 01:08:05 PM
   Thank you  for the  updates  from  Maj . Good news  on  Niner ,Brig and Rebecca  . Looking  forward to  seeing the  Videos . I hope  Deckers "deck" feathers are  growing  so that  he can join the others  soon . :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Maria dB on September 01, 2010, 07:26:33 AM
Great news about the young ones  :eclove I really enjoyed the rest of the info as well. Thanks all for posting  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tosia on September 01, 2010, 03:37:45 PM
This is a very good news. I hope Decker will be able to join the gang very soon.
Thank you for the update
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 02, 2010, 06:47:28 AM
Transfer of the eaglets from MARS to NIWRA  involved quite a few procedures.

Catching (this video stars Brig)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1AvkCYrzI


Measuring and Banding (Rebecca)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ds3qg380U


Letting them into the big flight cage at NIWRA

Niner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6tgDFZqkWU


Brig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJaF4zFNK9s


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on September 02, 2010, 07:37:33 AM
Thank you for posting Nancym! What a fine group of peeps and eagles!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on September 02, 2010, 07:59:12 AM
I am a blubbering mess right now...what will I be when they are freed? Ecstatic!!! But with tears I am sure. Yay eaglets!  :clap

Thanks Nancy.
  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 02, 2010, 08:00:21 AM
Thank you, Nancy!   :eclove

Oh, how lovely it is to see the three of them and see how large the new flight pen is! They are doing sooooo well!  Thank you MARS, for doing such a good job with the four egalets and for everything else you are doing!   :s*

Next up is Decker!!!   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 02, 2010, 08:03:52 AM
Thank you Nancy! My, Brig certainly is no longer the docile, depressed bird she was the day she was rescued! It is wonderful to see Brig and Niner moving so strongly and looking so well.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on September 02, 2010, 08:42:50 AM
Thank you Nancy.... boy, they look wonderful and so glad to see them doing so well.  Yep, Brig is a fiesty one for sure now, great isn't it!!!!  Next stop.... release  :biggrin3!!! Hopefully Decker can join them soon!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on September 02, 2010, 10:07:55 AM
  Oh  that was  wonderful  to  see. Thank you  nancym  for  passing on the  videos  . I am  so  glad to  see them looking  so  strong and  ready  to  go . That looks like a wonderful facility for them  . lots  of room  to  strenghten their  wings . Hope  decker is able to  join  them soon  :thumbup: :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 02, 2010, 10:09:18 AM
Update on Decker: I just spoke with Maj and the majority of the missing feathers are now half-grown! He's getting around okay and has started doing a little bit of flying.  :eclove  They're doing a wonderful job on him. Go MARS!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on September 02, 2010, 10:12:55 AM
Wonderful  news ajl . Yipee  !!! We are  running  4 for 4.. Mars is  doing  wonderful  job .  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 02, 2010, 10:36:34 AM
Wow, Ajl!  Decker's feathers are growing!  That is great news!!!  He's on his way to working toward graduation/release day!   :s*  :clap
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on September 02, 2010, 10:59:34 AM
Thank you the update Ajl! Woohoo MARS and Decker! Good health and long life to all.  :heart Rajame
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: knitmaster on September 02, 2010, 11:32:03 AM
So glad to see the progress of all four - yay MARS!  What a wonderful job they do! :clap
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on September 02, 2010, 11:36:14 AM
Whooohooo!!! I remember how astonished we all were at the growth of feathers as we watched. You could almost watch them grow. So, for whatever reason the "deck" feathers weren't there, at least we know they are growing in at a great rate of recovery.

TY AJL. MARS is doing it ALL right. Happy dancing here.
 :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: typoscount2 on September 02, 2010, 12:27:52 PM
i missed seeing or hearing , if the remeasuring of the eaglets , gave more information as to whether niner i think  maybe female not male as first thought?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: OpieK on September 02, 2010, 12:31:33 PM
Thank you NancyM for the wonderful videos.  So great to see "the kids" doing well.  And thanks for the update on Decker, ajl.  Such good news for all of us :-))
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 02, 2010, 12:58:43 PM
AJL

I wonder if Decker lost those tail feathers while in the nest, hence him ending up on the ground when/if he fledged?  Just a thought.

 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on September 02, 2010, 01:53:33 PM
Thank you to all involved for the great pictures and to AJL
for the update on Decker.  Can someone answer if those
bands on their legs ever get hung up on anything??

Watermaid (Joan)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 02, 2010, 02:38:32 PM
Leg bands can cause problems, watermaid. 

I believe that the rehab centres here use temporary bands.  It is not common in British Columbia to band eagles when released. The huge population of eagles here does not warrant it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tosia on September 02, 2010, 04:21:12 PM
Nancy it was great to see Brig, Rebecca and Niner doing so well.   I am so happy.  That video of catching Brig shows pretty well how gentle everybody is with them.  MARS you are the best!!! Is Decker going to join them soon?  Any updates on how is he doing?
Thank you Nancy for sharing the videos with us.  I am sure going to miss them very much but they were born to be free and I hope they will live long and beautiful lives.  
I am hoping to hear how are they doing in NIWRA.
I have never enough of those videos and info about them.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 02, 2010, 05:11:26 PM

Tosia:  Here is the update on Decker a few posts back.  He's doing Great!!

Update on Decker: I just spoke with Maj and the majority of the missing feathers are now half-grown! He's getting around okay and has started doing a little bit of flying.  :eclove  They're doing a wonderful job on him. Go MARS!

My feeling re: the tail feathers, is that they were just delayed growing in. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 02, 2010, 06:25:06 PM
Quote from: emc
My feeling re: the tail feathers, is that they were just delayed growing in.  

That would be unusual - they come in early on, and all the others are there. They'd likely all have been late or short if there was a problem that caused delay.


Quote from: Watermaid
: Can someone answer if those bands on their legs ever get hung up on anything??

These rehab bands are snug and there is coloured tape over them so they're not a problem. The bands beneath the tape will be removed prior to release I think, leaving just the paper/tape bands for temporary identification.

Quote from: Typos
i missed seeing or hearing , if the remeasuring of the eaglets , gave more information as to whether niner i think  maybe female not male as first thought?
They were all remeasured but I don't think the numbers were run yet because they're so swamped with more urgent things right now.  Maj said she would share that information later.  They have new critical care patients, and are also doing an exciting telemetry study so have to take turns tracking the transmittered birds (owls).
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 02, 2010, 06:27:15 PM
Thanks for the reply and info AJ  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on September 02, 2010, 07:20:35 PM
Thanks for the reply and info AJ  :ecsmile

Ditto from me.  It is just great to learn all of these things.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tosia on September 02, 2010, 07:43:29 PM
AJL, thank you for your info about those bands. Now I feel much better knowing that they will be removed. Thank you for the update on Decker, I wish him all the best. Are there more eaglets in critical condition? 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on September 02, 2010, 07:49:41 PM
 :heart :ecsmile So very pleased to hear about Decker....................
I knew he/she had it in him/her.!!!!
I have been routing for the eaget for a very long time.
THANK YOU MARS and Maj... for all you do and have done fr the Eagles.
Sunny :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on September 02, 2010, 09:39:29 PM
Maj, and all at MARS, many thanks for all you do.  :clap  :hearts2  Great videos. I am delighted to see the eaglets doing so well. Hopefully Decker will be flying soon.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 02, 2010, 09:45:41 PM
AJL, thank you for your info about those bands. Now I feel much better knowing that they will be removed. Thank you for the update on Decker, I wish him all the best. Are there more eaglets in critical condition? 

I don't believe there are at the moment, but they are keeping their eyes on a few other grounded birds to see how they progress. There is one bird that may be admitted who will be a difficult case.  You can read about him (Beethoven's chick) here:  http://www.bclocalnews.com/lifestyles/101582388.html?c=y&curSection=/fraser_valley/abbynews&curTitle=BC+Lifestyles&bc09=true

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: njoyneagles on September 03, 2010, 07:18:28 AM
Awe AJL, that article about Beethoven's chick is sad - is their only option to wait to see if it falls before acting?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 03, 2010, 09:09:23 AM
If that eaglet's wings are in such poor condition, I hope they remove it from the nest and give that little one a chance at living, even if it is as an education bird, after receiving the care it needs to do what it can do.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 03, 2010, 09:46:23 AM
If that eaglet's wings are in such poor condition, I hope they remove it from the nest and give that little one a chance at living, even if it is as an education bird, after receiving the care it needs to do what it can do.   :nod2

 :sad When study eaglets are removed from the nest, it is done before the age when the birds are likely to depart rather than allow themselves to be touched. Beethoven's chick is well past this age and I expect there was concern that it would have leaped to its death had someone gone up (should permission for that even have been granted). In the last weeks the chick's feathers have grown longer and he has been exercising thus has gained some strength. Hopefully he now has enough control to glide down.

It is possible, if all that is wrong is feathering, that the bird will grow in healthy feathers when he moults. Fingers crossed that all goes well for him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 03, 2010, 10:00:18 AM
Ajl, thank you for replying with that information.  If his/her feathers can still grow in properly and they do, that will be very good.  We can hope that is what happens...now it's wait and see, isn't it?!   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 03, 2010, 11:55:15 AM
AJL, I have missed this bit of information (if you have it):  when did Beethoven Jr hatch?

Thank you so much for all the knowledge and guidance that you provide.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 03, 2010, 12:33:19 PM
A little update on Niner, Brig, and Rebecca is posted in the NIWRA thread

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=180.msg25758#msg25758
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 03, 2010, 01:43:26 PM
:sad When study eaglets are removed from the nest, it is done before the age when the birds are likely to depart rather than allow themselves to be touched. Beethoven's chick is well past this age and I expect there was concern that it would have leaped to its death had someone gone up (should permission for that even have been granted). In the last weeks the chick's feathers have grown longer and he has been exercising thus has gained some strength. Hopefully he now has enough control to glide down.

It is possible, if all that is wrong is feathering, that the bird will grow in healthy feathers when he moults. Fingers crossed that all goes well for him.
                               :blush   This is gonna sound really stupid, but I just have to ask...There isn't any kind of net that they can use to catch him if he does fall, is there? :dunno
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 03, 2010, 01:45:49 PM
Not stupid Faerie, firemen have that sort of thing. :nod2 Branches could hinder or help too.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 03, 2010, 02:09:56 PM
AJL, I have missed this bit of information (if you have it):  when did Beethoven Jr hatch?

Thank you so much for all the knowledge and guidance that you provide.

I don't know. The person who is monitoring him (Jim) said that the other eaglets in the area fledged around July 5, so those would have been hatched around the same time as Solo, the Sidney eaglet. Beethoven's chick could be that old, or if the parents nested later, hatched around the same time as Phoenix and Brig. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 03, 2010, 02:13:03 PM
Faerie, questions are welcome!!!    :nod2  We're all learning together, here...even those who are pros in the field. That's one of the exciting things about the cam, this forum, and our relationships with rehab centers like MARS and NIWRC...   :ecsmile

We all are learning from what we observe and from one another and because we want to advance what is known about eagles and other wildlife, for their benefit, as well as enjoying the time we watch them on the cam.   :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 03, 2010, 02:31:52 PM
thanks, AJL.  That would make him more or less 2 months overdue to fledge, poor thing.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 03, 2010, 07:49:55 PM
Thanks for your kind words, Passerine and Tigerlady;  I have always been a bit shy in new situations but you are all so refreshingly welcoming.  I love that. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 06, 2010, 02:29:55 PM
Beethoven's chick is being monitored by Jim.  He has been posting pictures and some video on his Flickr photostream.

A post from Friday, with video and pictures of the eaglet's wing feathers (scroll down to see the additional pictures)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/garnite/4953341886/

 and this morning he posted:  SHE FLEW!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/garnite/4962693648/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 06, 2010, 02:40:14 PM
What a wonderful outcome for "Tova," Beethoven's fledgling!!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 06, 2010, 02:44:01 PM
Tova means good in Hebrew.  That's my best friend's name, and she certainly is a good friend!

Gender: Feminine

Usage: Hebrew

Other Scripts: טוֹבָה (Hebrew)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 06, 2010, 05:31:12 PM
Big sigh of relief. Fingers crossed for continued progress for Tova. What a "good" name. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tosia on September 06, 2010, 07:22:22 PM
Nancy, thank you for sharing those sites with us.
Little Tova surprised me very much - the very good way.  I wish her all the best and having Beethoven for a father and Jim watching her from the ground she is safe at least for now.  I will pray for her and I am hoping that the rough start will bring easy life for Tova.  She is one though cookie and looks like she is not going to give up easily.  Pray for her that she is not going to have a lot of obstacles on her way to become a beautiful and strong eagle.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: typoscount2 on September 07, 2010, 03:13:31 PM
the bit of the article i read, said tova came from bee-thove-n  , ergo tova. as the watcher felt the eaglet was female the a rather than the e


this eaglet starts out with a challage, i wish her well and hope she grows strong to face them. nothing  living wild seems to have an easy life to  live.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 07, 2010, 04:22:57 PM
So far, I don't see any updates on Flickr since Tova flew on September 4th.  I hope Jim is able to keep an eye on her.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on September 09, 2010, 06:09:01 PM
i have been here for some time, lurking i guess, but learning so much, following Brig and Decker,
Rebecca and Niner. i'm so glad for Tova and wish her well on her journey         :wub
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 09, 2010, 06:20:50 PM
Welcome Doreen, glad you decided to join us.  They are special eaglets and our HEART team and MARS and NIWRC.   :hearts2  I don't think Tova is out of the woods yet. But she will continue to be monitored.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 09, 2010, 10:12:42 PM
I was looking at Decker's measurements, taken at his last physical. He has gained 1.3 pounds.  :eclove  He appears to be getting around well. He is in such good hands -- thank you MARS.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Kristy on September 09, 2010, 10:15:27 PM
Awe...excellent news! Go Decker! Thank you Ajl for the update.  Thank you MARS  :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 09, 2010, 10:17:07 PM
Ajl, thank you for the information about Decker.  That's so nice to know.  Every ounce counts!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on September 09, 2010, 10:26:51 PM
Thanks, ajl, for the update on Decker.  I'm so glad to hear that he is gaining weight and muscle mass.  I can't wait to see him released!!  I hope that Tova will do as well, but only time will tell.  Thank you, the HEART team, and MARS for all you do for nature's wonders.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on September 10, 2010, 10:36:47 AM
Welcome Doreen, glad you decided to join us.  They are special eaglets and our HEART team and MARS and NIWRC.   :hearts2  I don't think Tova is out of the woods yet. But she will continue to be monitored.



thank you, i'm so glad she will be monitered. and great update on beautiful Decker
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 10, 2010, 12:01:49 PM
It really makes my day to know that an animal is doing well in rehab.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 14, 2010, 07:42:56 PM
I just found these posts on the MARS Facebook page:

On Sunday (Sep 12), Karin asked:
Just wondering how Decker is doing? Are his "deck" feathers growing in and will he be able to go to the North Island Wildlife Recovery soon?

Yesterday (Monday), MARS replied:
Decker is doing well - flying more and some of his feathers are growing back in. We want to get another weight - he lost some after the other 3 went on to NIWRA - maybe some stress?? I spoke with Robin Yesterday about sending Decker on down to join Brig, Niner and Rebecca. They are flying well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 14, 2010, 08:00:14 PM
Thanks for posting the updates here, Nancy.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 14, 2010, 08:10:45 PM
Decker is probably missing his buddies.  I hope he can join them soon.  Thanks for posting that information, NancyM.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 18, 2010, 12:35:21 PM
I just received my email invitation to the following event:

17th Annual M.A.R.S. Harvest Banquet & Auction

Date:
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM (PT)

Location:
Native Sons Hall
360 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 2H9
Canada

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend...  :ecsad
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on September 18, 2010, 12:45:38 PM
NancyM, thanks for the update.  I am so glad that Decker is growing some new tail feathers!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 28, 2010, 12:15:14 PM
I'm posting this happy news on several threads so that everyone who followed Brigabooni and Niner can rejoice tomorrow.

The eaglets will be released at 11 A.M. at the Big Qualicum River Campground.  http://www.qualicumfirstnation.com/

Maj chose this area rather than releasing them to Hornby because it is known that there are a lot of fish in the river and there are still many eagles there. They will be able to learn to forage well and learn from others, and that is a very good thing for them.

Maj has said that you are welcome to attend the release. It will be filmed, too.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on September 28, 2010, 01:03:25 PM
Whoohoo, thanks AJL! A little faster than expected but so good to hear. Can't wait to see the video.     :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 28, 2010, 01:06:48 PM
Made my day!!!  Thank you for this wonderful news!  Can't wait to see the film!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 28, 2010, 01:36:45 PM
I'm posting this happy news on several threads so that everyone who followed Brigabooni and Niner can rejoice tomorrow.

The eaglets will be released at 11 A.M. at the Big Qualicum River Campground.  http://www.qualicumfirstnation.com/

Maj chose this area rather than releasing them to Hornby because it is known that there are a lot of fish in the river and there are still many eagles there. They will be able to learn to forage well and learn from others, and that is a very good thing for them.

Maj has said that you are welcome to attend the release. It will be filmed, too.  :eclove

When, today, tomorrow next week?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 28, 2010, 01:59:31 PM
tomorrow, Wednesday Sep 29

I'm posting this happy news on several threads so that everyone who followed Brigabooni and Niner can rejoice tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 28, 2010, 02:13:05 PM
 :faint that's fast, not a lot of notice. Was it a spur of the moment decision :question
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 28, 2010, 03:13:56 PM
Wowee!  That is fast.  They really got better before it seemed possible.   :eclove

That looks like a good choice for a release site, if there are fish and other eagles.  I wonder where they will end up going as a "home base," once this phase is finished?   (Since they don't 'know' that Hornby Island is 'home.')

Thanks for posting the information, Ajl!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 28, 2010, 03:24:46 PM
Sounds like Decker never did get to meet up with them again.  Glad they are doing well though.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on September 28, 2010, 04:44:26 PM
oh wow, great news! i am so happy for Brig and Niner, may they fly free for years and years and feast on salmon to their hearts content           :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue Eyes on September 28, 2010, 04:55:30 PM
Wow! The anticipation is building. I will find it hard to sleep tonight.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: OpieK on September 28, 2010, 05:37:38 PM
Anticipation for the video of the release here!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 28, 2010, 06:37:01 PM
The Big Qualicum River is just across the Strait from Hornby Island - not very far, as the eagle flies!

(http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/4240/mappf.jpg) (http://img638.imageshack.us/i/mappf.jpg/)

They can see home from there!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on September 28, 2010, 06:42:47 PM
Thank you Blue. That helps. I just have to wonder if the eaglets will see Hornby as home or where they have been these last weeks.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 28, 2010, 07:03:37 PM
Thanks for the maps, Blue.  They help to place the release site in relation to Hornby Island.  I wonder how they will find/decide on a "home" area, since they were removed from Hornby without the usual understanding of how to get back to it?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on September 28, 2010, 08:02:00 PM
Great news for sure....so glad they are going to video tape it and can't wait to see it!!!! I wish one of the HEART Team was there but if they can't be, it is still a wonderful thing!!! Go girls... fly, eat salmon and make your way home!!! :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on September 28, 2010, 08:26:30 PM
I am so happy that the Eaglets are to be set free. Will or have they been ?banded to let all know who they are???? I hope to be able to see the release, but I have not been able to get on to You Tube with my computor no matter what I have tried is there another way to view the release??? If I cannot see it hope all goes well for our Feathered friends..........
Sunny
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on September 29, 2010, 05:02:02 PM
I was fortunate enough to attend the release of Niner and Brig today at the Big Qualicum Estuary.  I have processed some videos I took.

Check these out (Click on picture).

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_LateSeptemberEaglerelease001.jpg) (http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/?action=view&current=LateSeptemberEaglerelease001.mp4)
Site of release, showing the estuary and Hornby in background.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_LateSeptemberEaglerelease002.jpg) (http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/?action=view&current=LateSeptemberEaglerelease002.mp4)
A closer view - starting with the interesting little birdhouses and then panning to estuary.  It was speculated that the Canada geese in the river mouth might get their attention!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_LateSeptemberEaglerelease003.jpg) (http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/?action=view&current=LateSeptemberEaglerelease003.mp4)
Release of Niner!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/th_LateSeptemberEaglerelease004.jpg) (http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/?action=view&current=LateSeptemberEaglerelease004.mp4)
Big Brig is in a hurry to go.  He rattles his crate!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2010, 06:18:56 PM
Madrona, thank you soooo much for these gorgeous videos (except #2 is not a video?)   :eclove

When Brig was released, I could hear people say "Phoenix" and "This is for Phoenix"   ...oh, my!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 29, 2010, 06:22:09 PM
Such gentle releases...   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 29, 2010, 06:32:46 PM
Thanks for the videos, madrona.

Interesting that one circled to the left and the other to the right. Guess they didn't care, just glad to be free! They certainly had no trouble with those first really long flights - very strong.  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 29, 2010, 06:41:38 PM
Those turned out good Mad, swallows used those cute little bird houses. The weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Blue Niner flew with the wind & Brig against he circled back into the wind.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Laurie_lh on September 29, 2010, 07:05:19 PM
oh my, they were ready to go...sent chills thru my body
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 29, 2010, 07:06:24 PM
Thanks, passerine. Brig didn't care which way the wind was blowing! Glad you could be there.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on September 29, 2010, 07:51:51 PM
Absolutely breathtaking.  Thank you so much for the videos of something that most of us only can dream of seeing. :kiss*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Ladybug65 on September 29, 2010, 08:10:10 PM
Madrona...thanks for the wonderful pictures and video...what a truly great day for all of us!!  Question tho...did they leave the bands on so perhaps when they return to Hornby they can be identified??
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on September 29, 2010, 08:18:17 PM
Through tears of joy, I can't thank you enough madrona for those videos.... just awesome.... also to the HEART Team...... you are seeing the fruits of your labour and love.... ty for saving their lives..... may they soar and go on to be fine adults one day.... such a great feeling and thing to see.
To our beloved Phoenix....we love and miss you but through all the sadness  something good has come out of it.  Bless you I wish it could have been you too !!!!

To Maj and the MARS team and all involved thank you for your great love and care of our Hornby eagles... and all others too. You must be feeling so proud right now.. I know I am !!!!

 :heart   :heart and :grouphug2 to you all!!!!!! You have made my day... maybe even year!!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2010, 08:27:24 PM
...did they leave the bands on so perhaps when they return to Hornby they can be identified??

No, the "rehab" bands were removed before the eaglets were released.

Wasn't t wonderful to see them so anxious to leave?  :eclove   and a wonderful gentle release, too - no need to toss them into the air. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 29, 2010, 08:29:27 PM
I like what Donnae said...it was a Red-letter day for the eagles and for everyone involved, including Hornby eagles cam viewers.

Thanks to our H.E.A.R.T team...Booni, Wren, Doug and Sheila; and to Maj, Dan, and everyone else who helped to make it possible for these wonderful young eagles to be ready to soar and do it beautifully.    :heart

Nancy, yes it was!  They coudn't wait!!   :eclol

 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Ladybug65 on September 29, 2010, 08:38:56 PM
Thanks you Nancy...it was awesome!! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on September 29, 2010, 08:50:02 PM
Donnae
I agree Whole heartly with you. THese Eaglets are great and beautiful they will be an Assist to the breed and world.
Sunny
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on September 29, 2010, 08:57:56 PM
Thank you so much Madrona for being there to capture Niner and Brig's release.  They are FREE...at last. 

Ditto...what Donna said.  She put it so eloquently.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart.  I feel so good right now I could scream with joy.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on September 29, 2010, 09:07:35 PM
Thank you Madrona for providing us a window into the release. I had hoped that you would be there. I didn't ask because I didn't want to push but you were there and captured it for us!!!

I wish there was a proper way to way thank you to HEART and the eternity of Phoenix's life connection to MARS. She does live in every healthy flight.

Thank you everyone for all that you have done.

I am JOYFUL!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: OpieK on September 29, 2010, 09:19:57 PM
Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful releases Mad.  Niner and Brig are free and back where they can thrive.  Thank you HEART, MARS and all who made this possible!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on September 29, 2010, 09:43:44 PM
Did you hear the adult eagle calling a greeting when Brig flew parallel to the shore, heading south? Right after, you can hear some people commenting on it.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: marjy2u on September 29, 2010, 10:06:44 PM
What Laurie said ... sends chills to watch the video.  Thanks heaps to Mad & Mr Mad for allowing those of us who were there in spirit only to be able to see these 2 eagles eagerly take their first flight in/to freedom!  Now, if I can just get rid of that "choked up" feeling ... wishing Phoenix could have joined them.  Again, my gratitude for sharing this experience!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 29, 2010, 10:17:46 PM
Wren, did you get some pictures to share?  Holding my breath with eager anticipation.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 29, 2010, 10:48:15 PM
Thank you, Madronna-your videos set the stage and then allowed us to feel we were there. How beautiful they are. I felt as though Phoenix was a part of the entire scene, soaring along with them.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on September 29, 2010, 11:09:18 PM
emc, I do have some pictures, and I took lots of notes! I'll have time to do some storytelling tomorrow, hopefully. What a day!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 30, 2010, 12:04:36 AM
Wonderful Wren, looking forward to them.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on September 30, 2010, 03:33:15 PM
Yesterday, at the mouth of Big Qualicum River, with Hornby Island in sight across the Strait of Georgia, Niner and Brig flew to freedom, restored to the wild.
Present were several chatters from Vancouver Island, HEG members Madrona and Passerine,  our quilter extraordinaire Fol-di-rol, and Maj, Reg and Julie from the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

The MARS people had just delivered Decker to NIWRA's large aviary in Errington. Also in the van was a cage holding Rebecca, soon to be released near Campbell River.

Doug, Sheila and Boonibarb had previous commitments and were unable to attend, so I was the only representative from Hornby Island. In this capacity, I was asked to open both cages - an honour I had not foreseen, as I walked around looking for the best camera angles...  :ecsmile So my position was decided, and regretfully, all my pictures of the eaglets are tail views. I hope some of the other people who attended were able to get good close-ups in the eaglets' first moments of freedom.

Reg had chosen the site carefully: the cages faced the river, and also faced into the wind, in order to give the eaglets the easiest take-off possible. We had cleared the area to give them a good runway, free of people and vehicles. Everyone stood so that the eaglets' focus could be on their new home, with as little concern as possible with people.

I decided that Niner should go first, in Boonibarb's honour. Booni did the initial assessment on Niner (collecting gorgeous footage and still pictures in the process), and assisted in his capture. (She was also part of Brig's rescue!) Maj also suggested that the release should commemorate Phoenix, so this is what I whispered to each eaglet as I opened their cages... "Fly for Phoenix!"

Niner rattled around in his cage as soon as Maj took off the cover... I opened the door and he hopped out, and considered the situation for a few seconds.

Wow. Big world out there.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037788664_944f2556a6_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037788664_944f2556a6_b.jpg)
(Clickable pictures!)
(The metal object on the ground to his left is a camera, set there by Maj. I'm hoping to see some nice video footage from that!)

Then he was off.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5037790272_c7ee0be27c_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5037790272_c7ee0be27c_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037792266_ffb7c81e74_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037792266_ffb7c81e74_b.jpg)

He flew into the wind, just as Reg had foreseen. Over the river, then circled westward, then south. He disappeared between trees near the road; so Reg went to look for him, concerned that he might have settled too close to the road.
Reg could not find him - a good thing, he thought.
He explained that eaglets, after their first flight, will often perch for hours, even a whole day, getting used to their surroundings. "They may be afraid of heights initially - after all, last time they were up high and tried to fly, something bad happened to them."

Brig was next. Surprise: according to Reg, Brig is a male (and so is Rebecca!) He's not Li'l Brig anymore, either: he's Big Bad Brig, as large as many females.
His cage jumped around as soon as Maj uncovered it. There was no time to be lost fiddling with cameras... He needed out before he bent some feathers.

Neither did he waste any time. He hit the ground running, and was immediately airborne -
"I'm outta here!"
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4146/5037725012_17070a8e5e_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4146/5037725012_17070a8e5e_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5037723050_87099795bd_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5037723050_87099795bd_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5037110601_964048ac49_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5037110601_964048ac49_b.jpg)


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/5037726616_e6aa2e21aa_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/5037726616_e6aa2e21aa_b.jpg)

-Into the wind, over the river, and circling east and south, opposite Niner's route. We heard an adult greet him - you can hear the sound in Madrona's video.


Here are pictures of the area... The bridge over the river, under which I kept seeing the splashes of jumping salmon. Several people saw a young eagle flying across the river, just upstream from here, while I was taking these pictures. It could have been either of our eaglets.

Bridge over the Qalicum River. Big flocks of Canada geese in residence. A small hawk was patrolling overhead from time to time. Passerine thought maybe a sharp-shinned?
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5037794480_31d37f5838_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5037794480_31d37f5838_b.jpg)

Looking out to sea from the same spot. We see  Texada Island; Hornby is off-camera to the left.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037796566_318969b11a_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5037796566_318969b11a_b.jpg)

A close-up of the pole you can see to the right of the last photo. The campground is full of whimsical little structures.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5037797342_56e6242993_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5037797342_56e6242993_b.jpg)

Another bird-house pole. Those are seagulls on the water in the background.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5037179985_33157b70dd_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5037179985_33157b70dd_b.jpg)

To some, an eagle release might look terribly anticlimactic. The birds do no circle above us in gratitude, dramatically dipping a wing. They do not call a goodbye. They do not even glance back and say "So long, and thanks for the fish!" They're gone. They don't want us and don't need us, anymore.
I'm starting to think that a release is a metaphor for the rehabber's work: long hours and heartbreak, followed by letting go, letting go, letting go. As soon as a bird thrives, it's time to say goodbye, forever. It's not coincidence that both Beans and Ajl have quoted Henry Beston: " They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

One more bird free in the world: a drop in the ocean. The ocean sighs a small sigh of relief, a tiny shrug towards greater balance. If you are not attuned to the whole thing, you miss that.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: PageO on September 30, 2010, 03:47:36 PM
winterwren, Thank you for the lovely pictures and commentary.Page
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Ladybug65 on September 30, 2010, 03:53:09 PM
Winterwren...thank you!   If that doesn't make the tears collect... :nod2
Ladybug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: knitmaster on September 30, 2010, 03:57:44 PM
(Wren)) Thanks so much.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 30, 2010, 04:01:54 PM
Quote
One more bird free in the world: a drop in the ocean. The ocean sighs a small sigh of relief, a tiny shrug towards greater balance. If you are not attuned to the whole thing, you miss that.

(((Wren))). Now you know. The big decision, is the only decision, once you are attuned to the whole thing.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on September 30, 2010, 04:07:53 PM
Thank you Madrona for the videos - I was smiling with tears as they flew into their new lives.  And thank you Wren for the commentary and pictures - Phoenix remains in our hearts and flies with those young eaglets.    Thank you MARS and NIWRA and the HEART team for all you have done and will do.  
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on September 30, 2010, 04:09:47 PM
Wow. Wren.....I'm teary.

nancym said it....you are truly are a poet.....Fantastic narrative of the whole day.  Your whispers of Phoenix were from all of us....thank you so much for doing that.

Boodle.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on September 30, 2010, 04:10:49 PM
After Nine and Brig were released Reg, Maj, & Julie drove to Campbell River to release Rebecca.  Mr. Joy and I met them at the spit at the mouth of the Campbell River just after 1 p.m.  The lady who found Rebecca on Quadra Island (Rebecca Spit - thus 'his' name) was there also.  I was privileged and so touched to be asked to release Rebecca.

Once again Reg set up the crate carefully so that he would fly north into the wind and towards the mouth of the Campbell River.  He didn't hesitate once the door was opened but took a couple of steps then took off strongly.  My heart stopped when I heard his wings beating. (hope I am inserting pictures correctly!)

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He flew straight out then banked to the west (left).  A couple of pesky seagulls began harassing him and he tried to climb above them but they were persistent.  He circled a couple of times and they did not give up. We were getting a bit concerned as he kept getting lower. Then he landed on a tall pole across the river - whew.  We watched for a few minutes and he stayed there getting his bearing. 

(http://)

It is absolutely incredible to be part of this sacred work.  How the eagles and other creatures fare, so do we fare on this planet.  Thank you Maj, Reg and everyone else who supports this work in whatever way they can.

One heart, one mind, one nest.  For Phoenix!


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 30, 2010, 04:12:01 PM
(((((Wren)))))

Your words are poetry...I felt as if I were there with you, reading them slowly and taking everything in as it happened.  Reading what you wrote, seeing Madrona and Mr. Mad's videos and your photos are real gifts to all of us.  Thank you for everything you have done, are doing, and will do in the future.

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 30, 2010, 04:29:38 PM
(((((Joy)))))  Thank you for being there when Rebecca was released.  "He" was a good companion for the Hornby eagles and they for 'him.'   It was a special opportunity for you to open the crate...and I'm very happy that doing it brought up such wonderful feelings in you as Rebecca took off and flew to freedom.   :eclove

Thank goodness he found a place to perch, after the few moments of seagull trouble.  Smart eagle to go away to a better spot to get his bearings.   :nod2

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: catrou66 on September 30, 2010, 04:40:17 PM
(((Wren))) Thank you, you superb human being.   :redheart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 30, 2010, 04:46:00 PM

Joy by quoting your pics i see you need to copy & paste the picture images between the imgs. Looking forwarde to seeing the pics. Very special you seen two releases in one day, did they release the Great blue Heron :question

After Nine and Brig were released Reg, Maj, & Julie drove to Campbell River to release Rebecca.  Mr. Joy and I met them at the spit at the mouth of the Campbell River just after 1 p.m.  The lady who found Rebecca on Quadra Island (Rebecca Spit - thus 'his' name) was there also.  I was privileged and so touched to be asked to release Rebecca.

Once again Reg set up the crate carefully so that he would fly north into the wind and towards the mouth of the Campbell River.  He didn't hesitate once the door was opened but took a couple of steps then took off strongly.  My heart stopped when I heard his wings beating. (hope I am inserting pictures correctly!)

(http://)

(http://)

He flew straight out then banked to the west (left).  A couple of pesky seagulls began harassing him and he tried to climb above them but they were persistent.  He circled a couple of times and they did not give up. We were getting a bit concerned as he kept getting lower. Then he landed on a tall pole across the river - whew.  We watched for a few minutes and he stayed there getting his bearing. 

(http://)

It is absolutely incredible to be part of this sacred work.  How the eagles and other creatures fare, so do we fare on this planet.  Thank you Maj, Reg and everyone else who supports this work in whatever way they can.

One heart, one mind, one nest.  For Phoenix!



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 30, 2010, 04:53:22 PM
Nice commentary Wren :biggrin3 I can add that we heard Red-winged blackbirds, seen Robins, a couple sparrows, Bald eagle, a Merganser & Reg said he seen a Brant goose & told us some interesting stats on them. Oh and Mr Mad brought us some juicy apple pears, yum.

Another whimsical yard art piece & a very arty drift log at the eagle release on Little Qualicum river.

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/287/s049.jpg)

(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7367/s051p.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 30, 2010, 04:54:20 PM
Thankyou, Wren, for so eloquently describing the releases.

As someone who works hard for conservation, I often remind myself that it is every little green patch we save that makes up the healthy green environment left on the planet - just as it is every drop of water in the ocean that makes up the ocean.

Looking forward to seeing your photos, Joy.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amyam on September 30, 2010, 05:05:15 PM
I read what you wrote winterwren, and tears streamed freely.  I watched the release videos over and over, of Brig and Niner, read everyone's notes, as deep feelings were expressed so freely and happily and tearfully!   Thank you for conveying to people like me who are far away,  the elation all of you felt, as well as the the deep heart wrenching love of Phoenix within these wonderful minutes!  Happy that because of Phoenix some really profound developments have occurred; Grieving for the spirit of Phoenix - this love developed and grew from the day she hatched.  All this you've done for them to have a second chance at survival.  Niner, Brig and Rebecca, and soon Decker.  What a difference you have made for any and all who care and more especially, for them.  This place where people nurture, help each other, share with each other love for eagles and all of nature, and in turn, find there is much more to this place than that.  There's  energy here for healing, for loving, and sharing what we know of nature that won't be found in a textbook.  Thank you Maj, MARS, Doug, Sheila, booni, winterwren, AJL, and each and every one of you.  My life is enriched forever, more than you'll ever know, and what do you bet there are many others like me out there?  Thank you, thank you.   They belong to the earth, and they were never anyone's but we're forever connected.  I gift to friends the purchases thru the Cafe, and will continue to donate $$ whenever I can.  I KNOW this is the right place for that! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 30, 2010, 05:26:09 PM
Thank you Wren for sharing your pictures of the eagles take off.  I know it wasn't you're prefered spot to film by, but we still appreciate them. You have some great soaring scenes there.  And what a nice privilege for you and Joy to be able to open the cages.  How nice of Maj to share with you both.

Looking forward to your pics Joy.  If you need any help, send a PM.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ajfe on September 30, 2010, 05:29:45 PM
Dear Wren and Joy - thank you so much for your descriptions of the releases. What a special day to be part of. I really can't find the words to describe what it means to have witnessed Phoenix's death, the rescue of these dear eaglets and now to read about their release. Thanks so much.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: muttley on September 30, 2010, 05:35:53 PM
Yesterday, at the mouth of Big Qualicum River, with Hornby Island in sight across the Strait of Georgia, Niner and Brig flew to freedom, restored to the wild.


Thank you Wren and all the others who have worked such wonders and shared so graciously. I am moved beyond words.
muttley
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on September 30, 2010, 05:59:05 PM
oh you wonderful people! how I envy you being there for Niner, Brig and Rebecca - and lucky little Decker.  Who would have ever thought they would all turn out to be guys!  Thanks you so much for what you did, what you brought us and all the photos, videos and words!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: McMolly on September 30, 2010, 06:44:31 PM
Oh, Winterwren, your commentary and photos brought me such joy right now.  After the loss of our sweet Phoe, I've waited for "a moment".  Your description brought chills because it was so real for me, almost as if I were there.  I wonder how that felt for these 2 wonderful eagles ... flying free in their world finally.

Thank you for this ... so much.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on September 30, 2010, 06:54:02 PM


All is well......All is well...  Forever grateful for those that care.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on September 30, 2010, 07:17:55 PM
I'm so thrilled for Wren and Joy to play such a huge role in the release of Brig, Niner and Rebecca.  What a rush you must have felt and a deepened love for these magnificent eaglets.  Thanks to Madrona, Wren, & Joy for your wonderful stories, videos and photos. Like I always say...we live vicariously through all of you who are there in the midst of nature's blessings and are so willing to share with us.  And a huge thank you to Maj and the MARS team for tending and mending our dear eaglets back to health so they could enjoy their big flight to freedom yesterday.  Love to you all.   :heart

PS:  Passerine...I see a couple of your photos that would make beautiful puzzles...huh, Tiger???
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on September 30, 2010, 07:21:40 PM
Wren,

Thank you Wren, booni, Doug, Sheila, Joy, Maj, Reg, Ajl, Mad and all the volunteers. What do I say that has not been said? I am so thrilled that there are people who care. People that care to teach, rescue, rehab and release. I am thrilled for all of you who attended the 3 releases. You are all dear to share with us. I know what you do is a part of a larger plan and purpose.

Love,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: marjy2u on September 30, 2010, 07:29:48 PM
Wren, your description is utterly moving.  Thanks to you and Joy for sharing your experiences with us!  So profound.  :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: pratter on September 30, 2010, 07:47:23 PM
I loved the pictures of those two.  How awesome to even see the pics.  Now where can I see the video?  I am anxous to see them.  Thanks to all that have cared for them and for those that rescued them.  How neat to open the cages.  Wow is all I can say!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on September 30, 2010, 08:01:42 PM
Thank you Wren and Joy for sharing your stories of the releases.. brought tears.. yes again.. to my eyes!!! The pics are wonderful and Joy can't wait to see yours. I too really can't add anymore to describe how much I appreciate all you have done... everyone involved has really showed me that there is so much caring which in turn gives me hope. Hope for a better future.. one that cares of the surroundings around us and to appreciate and care for the animals, birds, all that nature provides.  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart !!!!  Glad that you both got to open those cage doors... great feeling I bet!!!!!  FREEDOM !!!! :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donna/PA on September 30, 2010, 08:35:02 PM
Enjoyed reading about the releases yesterday and the
 pictures were great.  How beautiful those 3 little
words, "Fly for Phoenix" Thank you.  We shall not
forget Pheonix.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on September 30, 2010, 08:40:35 PM
Pratter..to see the videos, just go back to page 11 (here) and look for Madrona's pictures.  Just click on each of the 4 pictures...they're videos.  Have fun!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: fol-di-rol on September 30, 2010, 09:21:17 PM
Wren and Joy

You have both done such a fine job of writing up yesterday's exciting events - it must have been a very emotional experience to set those gorgeous birds on their path to freedom.  This was my first direct experience of an eagle release, and to have been "up close and personal" was so very special, and l found it quite overwhelming.  A quiet day was much-needed today to absorb and recover.

Thank you again Wren for taking me to participate in this event, and it was great to meet all those involved, and the others who were able to be there.  What a privilege!

....... and with Phoenix on our minds and in our hearts  :heart

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on September 30, 2010, 09:44:02 PM
Wren, Joy and Madrona, thank so much for the beautiful description and photos from the releases.  The eaglets have grown up and are magnificent in flight.

Wren, your words flowed from your deep feelings for the eagles.  I am so pleased you were involved in the actual release. I could see the eaglets in my minds eye as well as on the screen, through misty eyes.  I have seen one eagle release. A sight to behold, and it brings a lump to one's throat and a tear or two to the eyes.

May the eaglets live long and fly high.

 :redheart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Circle of Life on September 30, 2010, 10:06:27 PM
The videos and Winterwren's description of the release of Brig and Niner were absolutely spellbinding.  What a beautiful sight!  And not in the least anti climatic!

 I can't iamgine a better feeling that seeing these two ealglets flying confidently and strongly into their new lives. Everyone invloved must have felt like proud parents who have done their job and given their children 'their wings to fly'. The fact that they left without looking back makes it even more special IMO. Off to hopefully a long life of wonderful adventures!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all the wonderful people that made this possible.  You have many fans far and wide.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 30, 2010, 11:04:49 PM
I loved hearing all the observers react to Brig and Niner as they flew.  I'd like to think they heard it, too, just the "awe" that we have for them. I'd like to think they know that   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: eck on October 01, 2010, 02:01:38 AM
I am in awe at the compassion and dedication of MARS and cooperating societies.  Thank you for the beautiful words.  We support you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: rheawalters on October 01, 2010, 07:25:58 AM
I can't possibly add anything someone else hasn't already said regarding the release of the eagles. Reading Wrens narrative brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. "for Phoenix" - and for me ...
THANK YOU
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on October 01, 2010, 12:09:53 PM
Wren, Mad & Joy and all of HEART,

THANK YOU for your words, pictures, love and TLC. 
(Thank you is like the frosting on the cake of all the feelings going through me but will have to do!)

Wren, I love the flying away pictures, they mean "all is well and I'm on my way, you have done right by me and I am FREE"...and your prayer "fly for Phoenix" (tears well)

Mad your videos share the breathless moments as the eaglets take flight and the awe as the go on their way to continue a hopefully very fruitful life

Joy for you to have the honor of releasing Rebecca is a wonderful blessing for you.  A great sign of hope for the future.

BLESS YOU ALL,

ccfan :heart

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: kianaj on October 01, 2010, 03:14:26 PM
I cannot add to the feelings expressed and the eloquence of the previous posters.  A humble thank you to everyone who was involved - no matter how small - in the rescue and release of these magnificent eagles.

 Peace and happiness to you all :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on October 01, 2010, 04:45:21 PM
I cannot add to the feelings expressed and the eloquence of the previous posters.  A humble thank you to everyone who was involved - no matter how small - in the rescue and release of these magnificent eagles.

 Peace and happiness to you all :hearts2



these above words are my exact feelings, i can't say anymore, thank you many times, can't wait to see Deckers turn         :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on October 01, 2010, 05:12:57 PM
Wren – thanks for that lovely account of Wednesday’s release of Niner and Brig!  You certainly managed to express so eloquently what happened, and what the release was all about.   :eclove

I remembered driving there thinking about all of the people who would be with us in spirit, and I felt that many were sharing that lovely bright special morning with us.  It felt like meeting a lot of good friends, many of whom I’d met before.  I’d hoped to get everyone’s names, but know I have a couple of gaps.  In addition to Maj, Reg and Julie (with whom I didn’t get to chat) fellow HEG member passerine was there (thanks for those pics passer) and Wintewren, of course.  My dear friends, Joyofdogs and Mr. Joy were there, and Foldirol and Colvals both of whom I had enjoyed meeting previously.  I was also delighted to meet ‘chatters’ ParksvilleBarb and Lantz whom I hadn’t met previously.  I won’t identify them on the photos below, but most are there (hope I got all their names right)!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglereleasegroup016rs.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Atthereleasecrrs.jpg)

It was such a delight to see you freeing those two eaglets, wren.  I can’t think of a more appropriate choice (except maybe Boonibarb for Niner's release, if she’d been able to attend).  But we were all there with you opening the latch to each cage – and many more than were standing there watching.  It was such a gentle release – no great fanfare, or thrusting them up into the air – no manhandling at all.  And as we saw, both were ready to go – even if Niner did spend a few seconds getting his bearings.  

Below are some stills from my video showing wren releasing Niner.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Ninerflight1.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Ninerflight2.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Ninerflight3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Ninerflight4.jpg)

And here are more stills of Brig being released.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Brigflight1.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Brigflight2.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Brigflight3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Brigflight4.jpg)

What a wonderful head start they now have.  They were healthy and parasite-free and well fed and strong.  

I thought of them last thing that night when I was going over the events of the day in my mind.  I pictured them roosting on their individual branches in the darkness, listening to the sounds of the ocean nearby, and I hoped that they were roosting close to each other.  And I thought of how it would be for them at first light, listening to the other birds in the area – maybe the adult we all heard during the release was calling from nearby.  I hope they were able to quickly locate their fellow kind, and were able to mingle and follow the examples of others who knew how and where to locate salmon.  I am sure that by now they are becoming more expert at being wild eagles – and I hope that some time in the future they will recognize the voices of their parents and siblings and maybe follow them ‘home’ to Hornby!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue Eyes on October 01, 2010, 05:16:14 PM
Indeed! After a great disaster now is the time to rejoice. None of us who watched Pheonix's every move from birth to the sad end will ever forget but now we are reminded of the successes. Many thanks to everyone involved. May you all win on your next lotery ticket. Knowing your love of these magnigicent creatures you would probably donate it all to Mountainaire. lol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 01, 2010, 05:19:14 PM
Madrona, thank you for your photos and comments about that wonderful day! It's so nice to be able to read and see what our Hornby eagles fans saw at the release of the healthy birds.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 01, 2010, 05:28:34 PM
Madrona, thanks for the additional pics. Such wing spans....   :eceek  Wonderful to see them..  :eclove

And the back or side of all of our friends who could attend.  :mhihi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on October 01, 2010, 05:54:26 PM
Yes - the wingspan seen in comparison to the size of the people in the picture.  Amazing - it does help illustrate how truly big these eaglets are!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 01, 2010, 06:06:15 PM
Madrona,

Again you give us a treat! The stills are fantastic. I am so happy that many of our Hornby friends were there with you. I was there too! Did you see me? I was there in spirit with all of us that watched Phoenix grow and take on sticks and herring and Dad's flyins. We were there when she rested her head for the last time. And we were with Doug and Booni and Wren and Ajl as the eagles were evaluated and rescued. We were there when the cage door opened and held our breath with the first wing flaps and heard the adult call from the distance.

Thank you for taking us with you.

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 01, 2010, 07:51:04 PM
Madrona
All I can say is WOW!!! and THANKYOU for those great pictures of "our" Eaglets
upon their release. It really touched my heart what a beautiful sight.
Thankyou again
Sunny  :thumbup: :heart :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Thumper66 on October 01, 2010, 08:10:03 PM
Madrona, thank you again for giving us wonderful visual memories to hold onto.  I wish I had been there to experience the excitement of the releases and to meet you, the other Hornby followers, and the MARS team.  I certainly appreciate you and Mr. Mad taking the videos and pictures so that we too could enjoy our adopted eaglets' first true flight to freedom.  You are a blessing to us.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: knitmaster on October 01, 2010, 08:41:48 PM
Thank you all so very, very much - for the saving of these magnificent birds and for the sharing of all of this with us.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on October 02, 2010, 04:11:22 PM
Here are some more photos taken of the release last Wednesday, kindly provided by 'Lantz' one of the observers and a regular in the Hornby chatroom.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Big20Qualicum20River20Estuary.jpg)
Big Qualicum River Estuary - taken from north side of river (showing area where Niner and Brig were released on South side.)  ©Lantz

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/River.jpg)
Exploring the river bank. ©Lantz

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Niner--takinghistime.jpg)
Niner checking out the view!  ©Lantz

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Brig--Female-WHOA20.jpg)
Brig wasting no time! ©Lantz

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Bye20Brig.jpg)
Brig is off and away!  ©Lantz

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 02, 2010, 04:25:06 PM
Lantz
Thanyou for sharing your pics of the eaglets/eagles relaease.
A job well done..appreciate it!
Sunny :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue Eyes on October 02, 2010, 04:30:23 PM
Brig: No Photo-opp for me. I'm outta here!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 02, 2010, 04:47:17 PM
Nice pics Lantz, good one getting Niner whilst he looked around for a couple seconds. I got the back of his head. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 02, 2010, 04:52:48 PM
Lantz: thank you for sharing your gorgeous pics. Fantastic view of niner contemplating!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lantz56 on October 02, 2010, 05:02:29 PM
It is my pleasure to contribute these memories and I just feel so blessed to have witnessed this phenominal event.   It will remain with me always.   Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and a special thank you to Madrona for posting for me. 
 :thumbup:-Lantz56- :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2010, 05:03:40 PM
Thank you, Lantz.  Those are very special pictures to be treasured...and they will be.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 02, 2010, 05:10:15 PM
A big welcome to the forum Lantz!

It was short notice re the release, I'm so glad that there were several who were able to make it and share so wonderfully with the rest of us. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on October 02, 2010, 05:16:41 PM
Welcome to the forum Lantz.  Nice meeting you the other day, and so nice to see you've joined here too. Thanks again for those photos.  Hopefully the first of many ...   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on October 02, 2010, 05:24:23 PM
Okay, I'm going to try to post a couple of photos of Rebecca's release in Campbell River.  It was such an amazing feeling to open the crate and have him burst out and fly free.  Here goes.  Joy
http://picasaweb.google.com/joyofretirement/RebeccaReleaseSept2910#5523607298080616802
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2010, 05:27:21 PM
Nice photo, Joy!  What a surprise that Rebecca is a 'he.'   :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 02, 2010, 05:38:07 PM
Good job Joy! The link goes to the album page of Rebecca, which has 5 pics. click on the first, it enlarges and then can click to the right to the next one! :ecsmile

Another beautiful eagle ready for adventure!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on October 02, 2010, 06:04:54 PM
Thanks for posting those pictures, Joy.  Now my day was complete!  S/he was cooped up for quite a while in that crate so was more than ready to get some wind under his/her wings.  (Why do I have a hard time calling Rebecca 'he'?)  :mhihi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 02, 2010, 06:44:52 PM
Thank you Joy and Madrona and Lantz! What a thrill. Rebecca is now Beck.  :ecwink  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 02, 2010, 06:53:15 PM
Joy
Wow how nice to see Rebecca fly and be free. The pics are great.
Thank you sooo much for sharing.
Sunny (prideenjoy)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 02, 2010, 07:14:33 PM
I just thought of something...Are the Eaglets/eagles banded? If not how can they be distinguished or tracked and watched or is that not in the plan....????
Please let me know if possible I want to know the outcome of our eaglets/eagles.
Thanx
Sunny
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on October 02, 2010, 07:18:44 PM
thank you Lantz and joy for the pictures...some very determined eagles heading off into the wild...yay for MARS & HEART!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2010, 07:28:48 PM
Sunny, the eagles in British Columbia are not banded.  A few of those in the US are banded if they are part of a scientific study.  One this year and one last year from the Norfolk nest were outfitted with a transmitter pack (lightweight), for research purposes.   I hope that helps, although it's not the answer you wanted. 

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 02, 2010, 07:33:58 PM
Thank you Tigerlady for your information. It helps a little, but wish they could be followed.
I know it really isn't possible from what you said. Hope all fair well!!!
Sunny   
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2010, 07:48:21 PM
You're very welcome, Sunny.  I wish there were a way to track them, but even the temporary bands that MARS puts on them are removed before they're released into the wild. :nod2

 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: marjy2u on October 03, 2010, 12:17:45 AM
Just want to add my thanks to Madrona, Joy and Lantz for the fantastic photos!  How exciting!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 03, 2010, 12:44:15 AM
And Passerine's and Wren's pics too!  Thanks to all of you for letting us sit on your shoulder, so to speak.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 03, 2010, 12:59:12 AM
Yes, and Passerine and Wren too! All my thanks.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on October 03, 2010, 06:53:01 AM
WOW!  I am speechless.  The photo's, video's & reports of the releases are just wonderful.  Thank you all so much for sharing the experience.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: lantz56 on October 03, 2010, 02:21:18 PM
Joy, It was so nice to meet you in Qualicum.  Your photos of Rebecca's Flight for Freedom are lovely.    Thank you for posting them.   I had hoped to be able to drive to Campbell River but time was against me.   Your photos completed my day.   :thumbup:

 --lantz--   :ecsmile


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: audrieonz on October 03, 2010, 02:45:59 PM
Been lurking daily in the background for several months but wanted to thank all of those who provided pictures of the eaglets being released!  As well as thanks to all those who made their release possible.  Seeing them flying free has helped replace some of my sorrow caused by the loss of Phoenix with joy!  You are all certainly an extrordinary group of people who I now treasure as being a part of my life! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 03, 2010, 02:49:39 PM
(((Audrieonz))) We are happy you are here!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 03, 2010, 03:38:53 PM
Audrieonz, welcome to the forum. Hope you'll visit again and again.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 03, 2010, 04:20:28 PM
I'm so thrilled to see more pics of the eaglet releases. Joy, the one of "Rebecca" in flight is so elegant!  :bow
I like the name "Beck" for him!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on October 03, 2010, 07:05:50 PM
I am in agreement for BECK if indeed Rebecca is a he and yes pics in flight marvelous. :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on October 03, 2010, 10:03:37 PM
Beck is a great name!!! Thanks Lantz and Joy for posting... still is such a wonderful feeling seeing them fly free. thanks again to all involved!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on October 04, 2010, 01:05:05 AM
The photos, videos and stories about the release of Niner, Brig and Beck are just wonderful. The 'Fly for Phoenix' touched me deeply - I love thinking about those three out there getting their bearings, remembering what it's really like to be an eagle, meeting all the other eaglets, catching their own salmon ... free indeed ... FLYING! And Phoenix flies with them. Many thanks to all of you who took part in bringing these events to the rest of us ... it has meant so much to me to see them off into the sky. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on October 04, 2010, 08:56:23 AM

I am at a loss for words. I sit here with tears in my eyes.  Not sadness, but thankfulness for all creatures and for all the people that step up and make a difference.  Thank you for sharing any and all of this for those of us that can't be there to witness such events.  You make us feel a part of it and I hope it gives you great joy as well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 11, 2010, 09:18:09 AM
From Facebook - Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society Our N. Pigmy Owl project feild work is complete - with re-capture and release of the Little owl. Now we take this into the classrooms and share the knowlege gained from this with others. I hope we can get more funding to do this type of project more often - we learned a lot and were able to share with so many - thank...s to all who participated and contributed. stay tuned for more details...

Images of Pygmy Owls - http://tinyurl.com/23qdj28

Information about Pygmy Owls - Information http://www.owlpages.com/owls.php?genus=Glaucidium&species=californicum

I talked to Reg at the niner & Brig release about this Owl, they had a tracking device on her to watch her progress, he was very happy they were able to do this, to give the owl a better chance in the wild. The Pygmy me Owl is in danger of becoming of disappearing. http://tolweb.org/treehouses/?treehouse_id=2768
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 11, 2010, 09:28:55 AM
Thank you for bringing those comments over to us here Passerine. Thank you also for your comments too.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 11, 2010, 10:49:26 AM
Thank you for your posts about the owl, Passerine.  Compared to other owls, they are so tiny!   :ecsmile

Pygmy Owls are one of my favorites.  I saw one in Alaska where it was part of an education program at a wildlife center, because it couldn't be released after rehab.  They are so small and this one kept looking at the Bald Eagle that was in the staff person's other hand.  The Pygmy Owl kept worrying about being a little too close to the eagle for comfort!!  (It was safe.)   :nod2

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on October 11, 2010, 10:49:40 PM
If you haven't already, check out the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society's new look at:
http://www.wingtips.org/ (http://www.wingtips.org/)

There is great photo of 'Niner' (before release) on the page with info related to donations. And they now have PayPal.



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on November 02, 2010, 04:23:07 PM
Can anyone tell me what happened to Decker?  Thank you.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on November 02, 2010, 05:16:08 PM
Hi there, Watermaid,

I am sure like me you have read through this topic and the one for MARS.

While 'Niner', 'Brig', and Beck ('Rebecca' was found to be a male) were all released; it appears from reading that 'Decker' may still be at MARS ?  Mention was made on Sept. 14 that he might be moved to NIWRA; but no further mention here, in the MARS or NIWRA topics.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 02, 2010, 05:27:29 PM
Decker was taken to NIWRC center the day Niner & Brig were released. I wrote them a letter asking about Decker when i hear back i'll post here. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: momola on November 02, 2010, 05:34:38 PM


Hi all, wanted to pass along that I have heard from a friend (re-habber in MARS), that our little eaglet Decker in NIW will probably be in there for quite some time yet.   He still has  "tail feather" issues.  Can't be released until he has them and can fly and a chance to look after himself.

 :mconfused
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on November 02, 2010, 06:12:20 PM
Thanks  Momola for the info on Decker...it's good to know he's in good hands. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on November 02, 2010, 06:15:49 PM
passerine and momola, thanks for the update on Decker. So he was moved to NIWRC on Sept. 29th.  I hope the issue with his tail feathers will be reolved with time and age?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on November 03, 2010, 02:29:51 PM
Thank you all for the information on Decker.  I am glad to
know that he is still be cared for in the most humane manner.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 03, 2010, 02:53:05 PM
Hopefully when he moults, they'll all grow in the way they should.  Apparently it's going to be a wait-and-see situation for a while.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 03, 2010, 04:06:28 PM
Heard back from Robin Campbell from the NIWRC his reply to Deckers care is in the NiWRC topic. http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=180.msg34751#msg34751
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on November 07, 2010, 03:07:37 PM
thank you also for the info on Decker. i was wondering how he was doing also, and am sad that he is not that well, but know he will be well cared for as he has been these past months. i will be glad to donate what i can for his care, just post when it gets started here as i come back here as often as i can on days off from work. thanks again for looking for this information for us.    :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on November 07, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
Thank you for the most recent information on Decker.  Poor
guy, it must be so hard.  I too am willing to donate for Decker
if someone will write up how to do it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 07, 2010, 06:51:42 PM
Watermaid this is the topic about North Island Wildlife Recovery Caenter. They Have the biggest flight cage in Canada.
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=180.0

Link to their website http://niwra.org/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: knitmaster on November 22, 2010, 10:24:49 PM
With her permission I will share these pics and 2 email messages I got from Maj at MARS today:

“ I just thought I’d send along the picture of me in my hat!!!  I was out with Laurie (in Pink) and John (behind the camera) counting swans last Tuesday when John wanted to snap some photos.  He caught me playing in the mud. (forever the kid, eh?)
Here’s also a great picture he took of some of the swans flying overhead – just to prove we were actually counting.
Enjoy!!!
Maj Birch, manager
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society”  
 (http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab105/knitmaster44/IMG_8897.jpg)(http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab105/knitmaster44/IMG_8881.jpg)
        
And here's the second email from her:
   
“Please say hi to all for me – and please let them know I hope to communicate more soon – we are trying to find some help with our computer issues – in other words find a techie who can deal with all my failed email, pictures etc.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season – kinda chilly here today with windchill of –16 degrees Celsius – brrrrr!
SNOW shutdown schools on hornby & denman
 Maj Birch, manager
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society”
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 22, 2010, 11:46:06 PM
Thanks knitmaster those are great pictures. :biggrin3

Maj was on the news tonight suggesting ways to help our little feathered friends.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 22, 2010, 11:53:20 PM
I smiled to see those photos too.  Thanks for posting them, knitmaster.  Maj looked happy to be wading in her rubber boots - wearing her lovely new hat!  And it was a lovely shot of the trumpeter swans.  I have seen a few flying over here - they are so distinctive in flight!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on November 23, 2010, 12:39:31 AM
Thank you Knit! That is the best hat ever!! :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on December 19, 2010, 10:40:29 AM
From our friends at MARS
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Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season
____________________________________


December 2010

On behalf of the MARS Board of Directors and Wildlife Care Staff;

We would like to thank the many volunteers and donors who have unselfishly shared their time and /or contributed funds to help us carry out our work.  Our very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.  

Sincerely,
 
Maj Birch, manager
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: marjy2u on December 19, 2010, 01:00:23 PM
Thanks for sharing this with us, birdvoyer, and I offer my thanks also to Maj, Reg, and everyone else who works and/or volunteers their time at MARS to continue their fantastic work! Maj, thanks for taking the time to put together this beautiful picture and little note for us. =)
Marj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 19, 2010, 02:10:19 PM
Thank you, BV, for posting the card with the beautiful Snowy Owl and holiday greetings from Maj and MARS.  The MARS staff and volunteers are very special people who work miracles with birds, including three of our Hornby eaglets and "Rebeca" (Beck).   :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on December 20, 2010, 11:34:19 AM
Yes, I agree.  What a beautiful picture!  I don't think I have ever seen a snowy owl but it is breath taking.  That shot would be a wonderful candidate for a calendar. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on December 28, 2010, 08:31:02 AM
MARS has posted a foto of their Golden Eagle on their Facebook page.
At first i thought, how do you tell this from an immature Bald Eagle?
But look at the golden feathering around the head area.
& then look at the pale legging feathers that go right down to the feet!
Beautiful!




Click here (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488103873113&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&ref=nf)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: baysis on December 29, 2010, 03:48:49 AM
What a beautiful bird;  in fact nearly as good as our Hope - and Phoenix
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 31, 2010, 10:34:51 PM
Maj has posted on the Hornby Facebook page:

Wishing all the Hornby Eagle fans a very Happy New Year. We here at MARs have had a very busy December - more than usual - perhaps due to LA Nina??? I took a young adult eagle to Robin at NIWRA on Tuesday and saw DECKER!!! He is flying well but the feather growth is slow. All the folks at North Island Wildlife are doing a great job - Robin, Sylvia, Julie and the many volunteers. We are grateful that we can bring our big birds to a nice flight pen for conditioning. Attached is a photo of the Golden Eagle presently in our care - treating now for Asper - the same disease that took Phoenix.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 01, 2011, 06:38:10 AM
Maj was very nice to post on the Hornby Eagles Facebook page and tell us about Decker!  I'm so glad he is flying well and working on his strength as he grows out his feathers.   :ecsmile

The BC eagles who need help are so fortunate that MARS and the NIWRA are there to help bring them back to good health.   :heart 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on January 02, 2011, 10:38:31 PM
Thanks for the update on Decker, Nancy M.  Strangely I was
just wondering about him yesterday but thought maybe it was too soon for another update on him.

watermaid  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mother nature on January 03, 2011, 08:26:39 PM
When an eagle like Decker has been in captivity for so long, what are his chances for a successful release into the wild?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on January 03, 2011, 09:10:53 PM
I would say it will depend on how well his molt goes, if his feathers grow in properly & he learns to fly well. There should be no reason he can't be released. He gets very little contact with people & he's with other eagles learning & will continue to learn on release. He would most likely be released where food levels are high, like at a salmon spawning river. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on January 04, 2011, 02:30:14 PM
Was it ever determined....did his feathers never grow in properly to begin with, or did he lose them prematurely due to stress/poor diet (?), or maybe even predator like a feral dog?   Just wondering.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on January 04, 2011, 02:32:47 PM
I believe they think they didn't grow in to start with because of poor nutrient levels, somethin like that. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doreen on January 09, 2011, 10:09:59 AM
the photo of the golden is beautiful, and thank you also for the update on Decker, who i come back regularly to see how he's doing. such a beautiful eagle.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 07, 2011, 04:38:58 PM
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) has announced that their upcoming Campbell River Eagle Festival will be called “THE PHOENIX LEGACY”.  The Hornby Eagle Group is honored that MARS has chosen this theme and thanks MARS for keeping Phoenix’s memory alive.  Phoenix will not soon be forgotten by those who were touched by her short life.  MARS is dedicated to seeing that other eaglets do not meet the same fate as did Phoenix. The festival will be held on February 26, 2011 at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC and will benefit MARS. We encourage our eagle fans and friends to attend if they are able.  The Anchor Inn in Campbell River is offering a discount to festival attendees.  Their website is http://www.anchorinn.ca/ and you simply mention "Eaglefest" to obtain the discount.

Our own Doug Carrick will be one of the speakers at the event, which features wildlife experts and rescued birds.  The Hornby Eagle Group will have a table with items for sale (t-shirts, magnets, Hornby Eagles 2010 DVDs) to benefit MARS.  We will also be selling special festival items on CafePress, using a design created by MoJo and featuring boonibarb’s photos of Phoenix,  (MARS chose to use the images from this design for their festival poster.) The link for the festival items is http://www.cafepress.com/HornbyEagles. ALL proceeds from sales of the festival design will be donated to MARS for purchases made through March 31st, 2011.

Doug Carrick’s book will be available for sale at the festival, and Boonibarb will be displaying & selling some of her lovely photos & cards.
 
If you cannot attend the festival, we hope you will consider a donation to MARS to help them continue their important work of wildlife rehabilitation.  The MARS web site is www.wingtips.org.  You can visit the site to get information on the festival and learn about their activities.

(http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/6154/crfestival002.jpg)
(http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/3953/crfest.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 07, 2011, 07:47:48 PM
Passerine, has it been confirmed that the Anchor Inn is offering the discount to everyone?  I thought that was being checked with Maj...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 07, 2011, 07:55:37 PM
Checked with Maj Tig, it's for anyone that is attending the festival. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 07, 2011, 08:06:08 PM
Great, Passerine!  That's very generous of the Anchor Inn!      :thumbup:  It should be fun to have many people who care about wildlife, especially birds, staying in the same place!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 09, 2011, 04:38:40 AM
The festival looks fantastic!  So many great speakers, our own Doug Carrick included!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 11, 2011, 02:03:09 PM
I went for another visit to MARS a week ago, and finally I have a bit of time to tell you about it.

I had decided I wanted to give something back; I live too far from the centre to volunteer regularly, so I looked for something else I could do.

I wasn't the only one. I met a man who was doing some carpentry work, building a beautiful, sturdy spring house to cover the hand-dug well. Everything runs on a shoestring, so building maintenance is high on the list. One woman comes once in a while and helps to write newspaper articles. Someone else was needed to help with computer skills. So it's not all about weekly commitments.

I pruned the fruit trees. It's something I do, and there seemed to be a need. I figure I can do this annually. Save the cost of hiring an arborist.
So I had my own perch all day, I was able to be part of this wonderful little place and take in its daily rhythms.

Just as Beans has explained in her wonderful posts about rehab work, there seems to be an awful lot of cleaning to do. Basins, tubs, cages, all kinds of tools and instruments, and loads and loads of laundry. All this gets carried from one tiny building to another, coming back spotless.

The yard is full of wild birds. Every large tree holds a seed feeder and several suet cakes. A young volunteer, between caring for the injured birds, had the task of cleaning and replenishing all the feeders. They too were spotless.

As usual, once I've been in the trees for long enough, the birds quit worrying about me. They come and perch close, maybe wondering what's wrong with my wings. Chickadees, sparrows and towhees mostly, though at times I heard something that sounded quite exotic.
From the comments of various people passing by, on their errands between one building and another, I gathered that the fruit trees are part of the wildlife-care picture also. The big Gravenstein apple feeds the humans and provides juice and cider, but the apples, pears and plums also feed the resident songbirds. Green branches get cut for the deer. Everything serves a purpose.

After lunch, Maj and Jen went to feed an injured owl, and they allowed me to tag along with my camera and all my questions...

There were three owls in the clinic.


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Shakespeare is an education bird, which means that his injuries do not allow him to be released. He usually lives in a large enclosure, but now he is in the clinic because he's sick. He has aspergillosis, the same disease that killed Phoenix, but the chronic form, which moves slower than the acute version that felled our dear eaglet.
AJL explained that captive birds are under more stress than wild birds, simply from not being able to fly free and interact with other birds, so even with the best of care they are vulnerable to aspergillosis.
So Shakespeare, a handsome barred owl, is not too pleased with his plight. He has not eaten his lunch. (Apparently, loss of appetite was the first sign that all wasn't well.) He expresses his displeasure by clacking his beak, so I just take one hasty picture and leave him alone. In my haste I didn't even notice what's obvious on the picture... He has only one eye. Which explains why he can't be released. He would be unable to hunt, and would slowly starve.

Yesterday, a week later, I learned that Shakespeare survived his aspergillosis and is healthy again. :ecsmile



His neighbour, smaller but also a barred owl, just came from Quadra Island on the weekend. He hasn't eaten his mouse either. Mind you, those don't look that great. Turns out they were vacuum-packed!
Barred Owl is missing most of the primaries on his left wing. Someone must have tried to grab him - Maj thinks a raccoon, perhaps. But something else must be happening because he won't eat and has to be force-fed. He is feisty enough... Maj cautiously extracts him from his cage.

Settle down, now...
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Maj checks his wings... there seem to be no signs of fracture. The gap is in his left wing; in this picture it fits neatly over Maj's glove.
I love this owl's little furry feet!

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Just to look at these pictures again, I feel again the dizzying awe of seeing such an amazing creature close up!

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Jen feeds him three pieces of deer meat. MARS has a special permit to obtain road-killed deer from the Department of Highways... so this provides food for the raptors. The bite-sized pieces are coated with additional nutrients, and Jen adds three drops of medication to each piece before pushing it past the point where he would spit it out. She says she's surprised at the strength of the owl's beak!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5176/5409418313_8b1c0f7b66_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5176/5409418313_8b1c0f7b66_b.jpg)

Three is enough. Owl's eyes are half-closed... We would interpret it as contentment, but for an owl it's a sign of stress.

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Jen checks if he'll eat any more on his own... No thanks.

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In another cage there is a saw-whet owl... I didn't get to hear the story of that one. I think his left eye was completely open when I first looked at him, but I'm not sure.

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There is also a Great Blue Heron in a secluded area. Maj: "I heard him swallow some food... Good enough." She really doesn't want to disturb that one.

(Edited on Feb. 15 to add a paragraph I'd forgotten to copy in.)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 11, 2011, 02:14:32 PM
Between two trees I tiptoe over to peek at the eagle flight. There seems to be nobody in it. Unless someone is hiding in the near corner.
 
But late in the afternoon, Reg comes in, looking tired. He tells me he was in surgery all afternoon. The patient: a male bald eagle, about six years old.  I asked what happened to him.
"He got in a fight, or else something hit him at high speed."
They found him near the highway at Oyster River. A collision with a car?  Maybe not: he was in a field. He would have had to make his way over the fence if he'd been hit by a car - possible, but not very likely.

The eagle's radius was broken, but his ulna was intact (unless it was the other way around?) They had to put a long pin through the length of the bone to hold it back together.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5409421715_1e6d2b9187_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5409421715_ffe2e7af14_o.jpg)

His wing is all wrapped, and he's awake but still groggy from the surgery. Reg tried to sit him upright, but he sagged back onto the side of the cage.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/5410035636_bc41337455_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/5410035636_9dbe127bc0_o.jpg)

"Will he ever fly again?"
"Oh yes, he'll fly. If I can keep him from doing anything for the next few days."

I was curious about the mention of "getting in a fight". I thought all that midair sparring was nothing but posturing... Nope. "We get a lot of that at this time of year. Sometimes they kill each other. They'll lock talons and hit the ground. We had one pair that we found locked together; we had to bring them back here to separate them."

"Is it just the males who fight?" No. Sometimes the acrobatics of the courtship display go wrong too.
Wow. There goes another chunk of my wide-eyed innocence.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on February 11, 2011, 02:34:19 PM
Wren, how interesting! I was so disappointed when there was not more. Very thoughtful of you to go to lend your skills. I know that MARS really appreciates it.

Quite interesting information about the owls and even more so about the eagle air sparring. They were talking about that in chat a few days ago.

Thank you!
  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 11, 2011, 03:15:16 PM
Wonderful report :). Love the pictures of the owls and the eagle.  So glad you could do a chore at MARS.  Those fruit trees must be huge if you were up in the tree to prune.
There is nothing like tree ripened, fresh picked fruit! YUM
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 11, 2011, 03:30:51 PM
Thank-you Wren for pruning the trees & sharing the story.  Love the furry little feet too. :eclove
Happy Shakespeare is recovering as I've seen him at the Campbell River Bald Eagle festival before hope he's able to attend again.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 11, 2011, 04:25:21 PM
Wren, pruning trees at MARS must be a very welcome contribution of your skills and time, especially since very few people know how to do it properly and will climb up in a tree!   :thumbup:

Sitting in the trees must have given you a unique point of view of the birds and the happenings as people and wildlife came and went...  What a lovely day for you!    :nod2

Thank you for sharing your photos and comments with us.  I always enjoy the things you see and share with us here.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on February 11, 2011, 04:26:42 PM
Thanks so much, Wren, for all of the interesting information.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on February 11, 2011, 05:08:54 PM

Sitting in a tree?.....after all, you are a.....Wren!...  :mhihi   

Thank you so much for telling us about your adventure to MARS and being so thoughtful with you time and expertise.  Volunteering comes in many forms and I am sure MARS appreciates and values any help they receive.   :clap
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdsofprey on February 11, 2011, 05:16:58 PM
Thank you Wren for all the information. Very informative and I hope he soon can fly free again. :pray2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 11, 2011, 05:21:06 PM
Wren....thanks so much for your wonderful report..It was a pleasure to read...and your pictures are incredible.  You are a blessing...to ALL of us!!
Mishi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on February 11, 2011, 05:23:58 PM
Thank you Wren,

You bring us with you on your adventures.  :thumbup: Thank you for donating your time to MARS and to us. We become more and more informed of that area and the wildlife in general through your eyes and generous soul.

Thank you  :s* again and again,
Rajame :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on February 11, 2011, 05:44:13 PM
Article from yesterday about MARS and Doug and Sheila in the Comox Valley Record.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/comoxvalleyrecord/lifestyles/115793109.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 11, 2011, 05:58:28 PM
Fantastic article.  Thank you
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 11, 2011, 06:02:56 PM
Very nice publicity in the newspaper!  It must go to many homes in the area!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 12, 2011, 12:20:24 PM
Here is the poster, all in one piece, with the credits added to the fotos & design for Mojo & i!  :biggrin6



(http://wingbeats.info/images/stories/PDFs/2011-Bald-Eagle-Festival-Poster.jpg) (http://wingbeats.info/images/stories/PDFs/2011-Bald-Eagle-Festival-Poster.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on February 12, 2011, 12:30:19 PM
Thanks booni!   :eclove

When more details about the panel discussion that is planned are available, hopefully they can also be posted here.  I heard about it in the chat room.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 17, 2011, 04:22:41 PM
Nine more days to Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival. :biggrin3

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 22, 2011, 02:34:42 PM
CHEK news ran a story recently on the eagles starving on Vancouver Island, and MARS' efforts to help them

This video is on Facebook - hope you can see it
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=633115485556 (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=633115485556)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on February 22, 2011, 07:48:27 PM
I want to first off say a HUGE big THANKS to everyone who has helped us - especailly Wren with her tree pruning and thaks to all who gave her thanks for us.  AJL - you are amazing - everytime I visit chat you are there - guiding, laughing, sharing - how do ya do whatcha do???  Most recently the HEG and Cafe press - our Tshirts arrived and they are really cool!  looking forward to this weekend!  And to allll who just opened up our website www.wingtips.org and clicked on CanadaHelps.org - amazing!!!  Doug - can't wait to see you this weekend, and Sheila, too???  I'll send you some more info on times for schedule tonite.  I'm pooped but we are getting a big buzz from media about eagles.  I need to find out what the Q's are for the panel - and to touch base with others - not just the good Dr. and asper. but the whole eagle biology thing.  Your website is a great starting pioint for young minds on a wild quest!  We have 6 eagles in now and another one from Hornby - maybe? Thanks forever maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 22, 2011, 11:59:01 PM
I hope the festival is well-attended.  If I lived closer, I would go --
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on February 23, 2011, 12:18:50 AM
Good luck to all who have helped make all this happen both at MARS, Cafe Press and our Forum members.  And all good wishes to Doug who will be speaking, Booni, passerine, wren? and any others from here who will be in attendance. :thumbup:

 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 25, 2011, 10:42:01 AM
The link to this news article was posted (I believe by Tidesout) in the chatroom today
http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=ad4109d5-357e-45d7-b210-9e5c94f8a8f6 (http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=ad4109d5-357e-45d7-b210-9e5c94f8a8f6)
 
Salmon run fails, Island eagles starve
Local rescue centre takes in 20 birds
 
Tamara Cunningham
Comox Valley Echo

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rehabilitator Maj Birch gently squeezes the last of her venison mix into the throat of an eagle resting limply between the knees of her colleague.

"There is no fight left in her. She is starving. Lost all her muscle," she says.

The bird is placed softly back into its cage. Later in the day employees at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society would try and feed the eagle its first few pieces of solid food.

They believe the eagle will recover, though not all of the gaunt birds that have come into the society have.

A burgeoning eagle population and poor chum salmon run this year is starving eagles to death in the Comox Valley.

The rescue society took in 20 eagles this January - half of the amount it saw all last year. Birch says she has never seen anything like it and volunteers have been run off their feet trying to keep up with the birds' care.

"Eagles usually feed on the chum salmon to build up their reserves for winter but there was not enough this year ... and they are starving waiting for the next feast," Birch said.

Reg Westcott, who also works at the avian rescue society, worries that with so many emaciated eagles, the herring run will do more harm than good.

He came across one eagle that had tried to eat a domestic duck. The eagle was so emaciated that its body could no longer digest the food and the duck sat in its throat, slowly rotting, until it was brought to the recovery centre.

The same thing could happen to eagles that eat herring, he said.

"We might just find eagles sitting on the shoreline, not moving and not able to digest the food ... we expect this is only the tip of the ice berg," he said.

Art Martell, chair of the birders group with the Comox Valley Naturalist Society, has been watching the numbers of eagles flocking to the area and said more birds seem to be competing for food.

The naturalist society believes about 250 eagles are wintering in the Comox Valley with another 150 to 200 in the Campbell River area. The number is up from thirty or forty years ago but eagles are now being impacted by fewer places to nest and over-fishing, Martell said.

"We are putting pressure on them and they are being sensitive for that. There are fewer fish runs in B.C. and less stock ... when we divide the fish we don't allocate any for the wildlife," he said.

The number of starving eagles is small compared to the overall population but Martell points out that the Comox Valley is still losing a percentage of the birds. It doesn't take too much to tip the balance, he said.

"If there are 200 eagles in the Comox Valley and 20 have been turned into MARS, then that's 10 per cent that could have been lost ... if that continues to happen it can really add up," Martell said.

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society is urging people to continue to report ill-looking eagles or donate for their care, while Martell says people need to be more aware of the effect they could be having on the local eagle population.

tcunningham@comoxvalleyecho.com
© Comox Valley Echo 2011
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 25, 2011, 01:21:29 PM
This sad event brings to mind the hundreds of starving Brown Pelicans when they were caught by storms and low temperatures.  As I recall, we had around 200 of them in our Fairfield and San Pedro hospitals, and there were so many more we couldn't catch...  they were starving and they were cold. 

Feeding wildlife in the hospitals is very expensive.  Most hospitals have have lost a great deal of funding.  But if the public can donate a little money, even $10, it will save lives.  Ten dollars will pay for lunch out at a nice restaurant...  but will also pay for several meals for a starving bird. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: justducky121 on February 26, 2011, 09:38:35 AM
The following is a letter that is being sent to the Ellen DeGeneres show requesting help/donations for the starving bald eagle.  Let's hope it helps.  Thanks again to bob, cali, mojo, nancy, and ajl for their support.   :eclove

February 26, 2011

The Ellen DeGeneres Show
PO Box 7788
Burbank, CA 91522
Attn: Fan Mail
 
Subject:  Starving Bald Eagles

Dear Ms. DeGeneres:
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.  I and a couple of other few thousand people are avid bald eagle watchers.  We are fortunate to have been given access to a bald eagles nest via camera that is located on Hornby Island, British Colombia, Canada (Hornby Eagle Nest http://www.hornbyeagles.com/chatpage_wildearth.htm ).  These viewers, from all over the world, know they are blessed and privileged to be able to view the life (and sometimes death) of these birds.  
As you know, the eagles certainly are a regal breed of bird.  However, these birds and other creatures (bear, wolves, etc.) have been encountering some very difficult times.  In essence, they are starving to death along the west coast of the North American continent.  
In two interviews on CBC, 690 AM radio, with David Hancock, from Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF), he stated that recently there eagles are eating at garbage dumps because the chum salmon on which they normally rely failed this year.  Mr. Hancock also stated that starving bald eagles were recorded in record numbers at the Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) landfill.  All of Mr. Hancock’s statements can be heard at this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1an57PItJI&feature=player_embedded .  I invite you to listen to how devastating this situation has become.  Furthermore, there is a update summarizing the cause and effect of the current which was posted by Mr. Hancock at the HWF forum: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=154632#154632.  

In addition, there have been several news releases regarding this issue.  For example, “Starving bald eagles so weak they fall from sky” is the headline from a story in The Victoria Times Colonist.  This story is based on an interview with Maj Birch, manager of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) British Columbia.  Her facility has been trying to deal with the onslaught of starving bald eagles that have been admitted.   The story of these birds has also been a subject of discussion at CNN.  (links:  Victoria Times story http://www.theprovince.com/news/Starving+bald+eagles+weak+they+fall+from/4329392/story.html ; link for CNN http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/25/starving-eagles-fall-from-sky-in-canada/).  Furthermore, there are also videos regarding the eagles danger that is posted from Mountainaire Avain Rescue Society that it is felt that prompted the news articles.  Again, it describes how these eagles are facing a very serious issue regarding not being able to meet their dietary requirements.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxJNq7bAICk&feature=player_embedded and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeVPm_aLpCE&feature=player_embedded )
Please keep in mind that this situation goes beyond the borders of the United States.  Although, the eagles being addressed here are in Canada, the environment of the west coast of North America has been disrupted and these majestic birds are in need of our help.  Although, this will only address the short term, the chatters of Hornby Eagles realize that it will take more education for people in the long run to solve and undo what harmful acts society has done for years.
Thank you again for your time and we hope that you will be able to assists us in aiding these magnificent birds.  I have provided links below to some of the various rehab facilities who are trying to nurture these birds back to health.
MARS http://wingbeats.info/
Wildlife Rehabilitators of British Columbia http://www.wrn.bc.ca/
Wildarc  http://www.wildarc.com

Sincerely,

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 26, 2011, 10:09:05 AM
Excellent letter
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 26, 2011, 10:34:11 AM
A side note re: the eagles numbers.

One of the banded youngsters from a nest in So. California in the Channel Islands was spotted in the British Columbia trash dumps looking for food in recent years.
So, the birds seen in BC during the winter months were not all hatched there, but many have traveled thousands of miles to the expected Salmon runs. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sunny on February 26, 2011, 12:03:47 PM
Ducky what a great letter you wrote in reards to the Eagles and their plight.
Sunny/Prideenjoy
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on February 26, 2011, 12:08:36 PM
Nice idea to do this, justducky.  :thumbup:  If you have not yet sent the letter, there are a few typos that should be corrected.  I have also take the liberty of suggesting some possible wording changes that imo will make the letter read a bit smoother.  Please know that this is not a criticism of the letter, just some wording changes that you may want to consider.  You, and everyone who has participated in getting this together, are doing a great job.  :eclove

Might I suggest that you include the link to www.hornbyeagles.com and www.ournaturezone.com  in lieu of or in addition to the link you gave to the chat cam?

 ....I and a couple of other few thousand people are avid bald eagle watchers....
might read a bit easier like this:
I am one of several thousand avid bald eagle watchers...

...However, these birds and other creatures (bear, wolves, etc.) have been...
I think you should make bear read "bears"

...from Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF), he stated that recently there eagles are eating at garbage dumps because the chum salmon on which they normally rely failed this year....
would be better to read as "there are eagles eating at"  (otherwise it looks like a typo of "their")

Furthermore, there are also videos regarding the eagles danger that is posted from Mountainaire Avain Rescue Society that it is felt that prompted the news articles.
if you keep the sentence as is, I think that you should write eagles as eagles'
avain should read "avian"
...Society that it is felt that prompted
don't need the "that" here

existing text: Furthermore, there are also videos regarding the eagles danger that is posted from Mountainaire Avain Rescue Society that it is felt that prompted the news articles.  Again, it describes how these eagles are facing a very serious issue regarding not being able to meet their dietary requirements.
 
May I suggest this area of the letter might read better written this way:
Furthermore, there are also videos posted from Mountainaire Avain Rescue Society concerning the dangers facing the eagles in not being able to meet their dietary requirements.

 ...Although, the eagles being addressed here are in Canada,
suggest you remove the comma after "although"

 ...Although, this will only address the short term, the chatters of Hornby Eagles realize that it will take more education for people in the long run to solve and undo what harmful acts society has done for years....
If you keep this sentence as is, I suggest you remove the comma after "although" here as well

Here is another take on the above section of the letter you may want to consider:
"Although this letter only addresses the current situation, my fellow Hornby Eagle Cam viewers and I hope that bringing it to people's attention will help the plight of eagles in the long term.  We realize that it will take time and education for people to solve problems such as the eagles are facing.  (you may want to add something here like "this is just one step" or "we are dedicated to doing our part to help" or some other phrase)


Justducky, I hope you don't mind that I posted the suggestions and typos here in the forum.  I am not sure if you intended for the letter to commented upon, or if you just meant it for information.  In either case, this letter and the effort you and others have put into it are a great example of the "Legacy of Phoenix".  So many of us have been touched by the Hornby Eagles and it is wonderful to see good coming from Mom and Dad Hornby's passionate fans! :heart   :clap
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on February 26, 2011, 01:11:57 PM
Great letter and awesome idea Ducky! I agree that Ellen is definitely someone who might be a good supporter. Wonderful of you to do this. ♥

Also, Ducky, luvthebirds is the "writing" half of the Public Relations team for the Hornby Eagles. She can't help herself!  :eclol

Luv ya, luv
  :kiss*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: justducky121 on February 26, 2011, 02:05:35 PM
Luv,

Whew!  Fortunately, by the skin on the teeth, the letter hadn't been mailed yet.

Thanks for the suggestions, especially for the spelling thingies.  I just hope this all works. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on February 26, 2011, 02:21:42 PM
Thanks, justducky. I hope that I did not create too much work for you!  It is so great that you have taken this on.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 26, 2011, 02:59:56 PM
Wonderful Ducky, that you and others are tackling the media.  :biggrin3

I wish we had some suggestions to give for her audience.....
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on February 26, 2011, 03:12:01 PM
EMC, I agree with you.  I am hoping that the letter may engender a reply from Ellen's staff, and if they show an interest then we could give them more detail.  We could also refer her viewers to our forum threads on helping wildlife and such.

I am delighted that justducky has taken on this first step.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doug on February 27, 2011, 10:04:28 AM
Great work Ducky.  A very bold move, going right for a center of massive viewership.  Great things can happen if anything like this catches on.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on February 27, 2011, 03:42:08 PM
The following is what I said at the presentation I made to Doug and Maj at the Campbell River Eagle Fest on Feb. 26.  There is a youtube posted somewhere as well.

If you go on to the website you will see a chat room and I am here representing the chatters on the website to bring our thanks and our love and our appreciation.  I have for Doug, and something for Sheila, (Doug said “oh we separated” and I said “but she’ll be back” and then he said “she has gone down to a Seattle for a Garden Show rather than come here and listen to eagles”) 

People on the webcam are just so appreciative of what Doug and Sheila do by inviting us into their living room, basically because that is where control central is, so blessings and love and for that and switching the lights on and off at night. (I pinned a boutinere on Doug’s shirt and gave him a mauve plant for Sheila)

And the chatters got to know Maj because of Phoenix Legacy. Maj was very much involved, first of all with trying to get a rescue going, which unfortunately didn’t happen, but then they were able to take Phoenix body from the nest (I almost lost it here) and have it necropsied to find out what happened because everybody really wanted to know. It turned out it was just on of the those freaks of nature that happen that took Phoenix away.  But it actually galvanized the chatters to not just send donations to MARS but to get involved in their own communities. 

So for Maj I have a corsage (pink rose). We are very lucky to have a moderated chatroom by some very knowledgeable people. 

From one of those people, AJL I have a personal message for you Maj.  She says ‘One of those gifts, for me, was being reunited with you. You are an inspiration in your determination to search out truth, in your wisdom, your kindness and willingness to help in which ever way you can. Your devotion to the wildlife cause, to individual animals, to your colleagues, and to science, knows no bounds. Thank you for what you do for our profession, and most of all, for the animals that need you. You are our, and the birds', fairy godmother.’ 

At this point I brought out the tiara and placed it on her head and then gave her the wand. Maj broke up with laughter.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on February 27, 2011, 06:17:04 PM
The video by catrou66 was posted  HERE  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=98.msg45762#msg45762) in the Just Chat thread of the General Chat forum.

Here is the video to which joy refers in her post, above!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SbCb4KIKrc
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on February 27, 2011, 06:28:16 PM
Fabulous Joy, just Fabulous!  :thumbup: :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 27, 2011, 07:24:07 PM
Great Joy, tell us more.  Begging for more reports from those who made it to the festival.  How many people were able to attend, weather and all.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2011, 09:32:49 PM

Okay, this is a compilation of videos i took at the Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival yesterday.
It was an AMAZING day.
There was so much to see.
We met PILES of people, & there were so many good exhibits, tables & talks.
Where our table was, you couldn*t hear the talks, & it was hard to leave the table.
So we spelled each other off.
i missed most of the talks, & never got a chance to look at most of the tables & exhibits.
As volunteers, we were fed at a buffet table spread that we could help ourselves to.
There was a foto display with four categories - 14 & younger wildlife, then birds, over 14 wildlife & birds.
The fotos were really well done!
There was a contest for the most popular, voted on by ballot by the attendees.
There were door prizes.
The best part for me was the attendance of live birds with their handlers!
There was a Burrowing Owl walked around the whole place by his keeper.
There was a Peregrine Falcon named Adonis.
A Krider*s Red Tailed Hawk shown by Reg of Mountainaire.
& the highlight was the magnificent Manwe, who was outside in the blowing wind & snow on a deck with his handler.
You could get quite close to the birds, see all their details, & just stare & watch.
i was transfixed!
i loved them all in their own way & spent most of my free time just watching them & listening to what their handlers said about them as they answered people*s questions.
It was just captivating.
So, here is my video from the day.
First you see Adonis, the Peregrine Falcon, handled by Tina outside, & then EaglesOnly.
We even get a poopshot!  :eceek
Then we see the Burrowing Owl, teeny thing.
Then we see Reg & his Red Tailed Hawk, both of whom i found fascinating.
We end with Manwe out in the wind & snow, a small Eagle, magnificent nonetheless!

february 26 - Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival 2011


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9hfngVbZ04
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2011, 09:42:13 PM

This is a slide show of fotos of these same birds.

Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival 2011 - The Birds - slideshow


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5484302697_eca5ca94c1_o.gif) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5484302697_eca5ca94c1_o.gif)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Doug on February 27, 2011, 09:53:05 PM
I can tell you that Joy did an outstanding job of presenting gifts to Sheila and myself and especially to Maj, on behalf of the Chat.  She has such a warm and cheery personality it spreads to all people she contacts.  She read AJLs message so well, half the audience were in tears - the start to a real fun afternoon.  How fortunate we are to have Joy as a member of our group.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 27, 2011, 10:10:50 PM

february 26 2011 - Peregrine Falcon at Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5484969180_f68fcc7557_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5484969180_16e1d9cb04_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on February 27, 2011, 10:44:19 PM
Thank you for the "On the Ground" Reporters! :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 27, 2011, 11:06:30 PM
Great to see those magnificent birds! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ivani on February 28, 2011, 06:54:09 AM
Thanks, Bonnie, by video.
 For me, the video showed me birds that I may never see in person.
 The video is wonderful.
 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on February 28, 2011, 07:18:49 AM
Joy and Booni thank you for the words and videos from the festival.  I am sure you were warmly received and enjoyed.
 
Joy the message you read to maj from AJL as beautiful.  And I loved your gifts from the Chatters to Doug and Sheila.

Booni the video and slide-show of the birds =  :thumbup: 
 
Well done ladies.
 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on February 28, 2011, 07:22:53 AM
justducky,  woudn't it be wonderful if Ellen took an interest in the eagles. No never knows what might happen unless one tries and you have. Thank you for putting your concern forward and also to Luv for sending a note.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on February 28, 2011, 07:58:29 AM
Thanks Booni... beautiful video and slide show.  Joy you were wonderful.... I really enjoyed watching the presentation... wish I could have been there but at least with all the information from those present, the videos, and the slide show... I do feel I was apart of it... Well done all!!! :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: justducky121 on February 28, 2011, 10:01:35 AM
In a continuing effort to bring help/attention to the resuce of starving eagles, a letter will be sent to Mr. Brian Williams of NBC Nightly news.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed that we can get a story on the news.

February 28, 2011

Mr. Brian Williams
NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

Subject:  Starving Bald Eagles

Dear Mr. Williams:

The Hornby Eagle Group (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/), with watchers from around the world, would like your help.  The starving bald eagles are a subject of fervent concern.  Until recently, this subject seemed to be placed on the back burner; but has recently been brought to the forefront by several experts. 

It appears that this magnificent creature is suffering due to lack of an adequate amount of food.  According to an article in the National Post, “A record number of eagles were spotted earlier this month at the Delta dump with nearly 1,400 counted by environmentalist and well-known eagle expert David Hancock, who noted typically in winter the dump would see one-third the number. In mid-December at the Chehalis Harrison River a world record of 7,200 eagles were spotted.”   (http://www.nationalpost.com/Eagles+turn+landfills+after+failed+chum/4336071/story.html).

Additionally, it has been widely reported in Canada, the bald eagle is falling from the sky because they are too emancipated and lack the strength to maintain flight.  As stated in an article in The Providence, “several of these birds, according to Maj Birch, manager of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, have died before they could be helped.” (http://www.theprovince.com/Starving+bald+eagles+weak+they+fall+from/4332338/story.html)

There are apparently environmental reasons that this situation is happening.  According to what has been published is that there has been a marked reduction in the chum salmon runs. Unfortunately, the eagles have started occupying landfills to supplement their diet.  It is true the bald eagles are scavengers.  However, what may not be realized are the dangers these wonderful creatures endure by eating from landfills. 

Items from landfills, in most cases, can contain toxins.  What may not be harmful to humans can certainly be harmful to bald eagles.  For example, most people do not give thought to what is contained in a hamburger bun as in most cases it will not harm them.  However, some of the chemicals may be toxic to bald eagles.  How many people would know the dangers of an eagle eating the stuffing of a discarded teddy bear or other toy?  As you can imagine, the dangers are too numerous to mention here. 

It needs to be kept in mind that people have done a lot of damage to not only the west coast environment; but everywhere over the years.   This damage affects all types of wildlife including the bald eagle.  The care of the bald eagle is expensive and demanding for rehabbers.

We would like to solicit your help in bringing this issue to your audience in the United States as your counterparts have done in Canada as these bald eagles know of no boundaries or borders.     

Thank you for taking time to listen to our request.  The following,  listed below,  are links for rehabbers in Canada.

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society http://wingbeats.info/
Wildlife Rehabilitators of British Columbia http://www.wrn.bc.ca/
Wildarc http://www.wildarc.com


Sincerely,




Note:  several pictures from news articles were incorporated into the letter.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 28, 2011, 10:13:56 AM
Thank-you Ducky. I would like to request you change starving to hungry. The falling out of the sky was a bit of sensationalism to have a good headline in fact i don't believe they are literally falling out of the sky. The toxins & metals are also a big concern when they eat at dumps & a lot will get sick because of that. These are by no way criticisms just saying. :heart

The good news is the Herring are out in the deeper waters & fisheries was out taking number counts so should be open soon. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: cakiepie on February 28, 2011, 10:32:49 AM
emaciated rather than emancipated.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 28, 2011, 10:49:03 AM

Canada:  Can we do something to get the dumps covered?  Here, they cover the material with dirt, altho the seagulls are there before and while it's being covered, the trash isn't available for long.  This could help all of the creatures that might scavange at dumps.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on February 28, 2011, 01:59:10 PM
We don't put food items in the landfills anymore here in the Regional District of Nanaimo. Even so, the landfills are covered in. Our table scraps/food/paper with food on it goes in a Green Bin and paper, cans and plastic items are disposed of separately.

Unfortunately, the Campbell River Regional District doesn't do that.

They may be getting more snow in Campbell River. My son is travelling north of there on a boat in a blinding snowstorm right now. A storm is forecast.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on February 28, 2011, 02:04:04 PM
Thank-you Ducky. I would like to request you change starving to hungry. The falling out of the sky was a bit of sensationalism to have a good headline in fact i don't believe they are literally falling out of the sky. The toxins & metals are also a big concern when they eat at dumps & a lot will get sick because of that. These are by no way criticisms just saying. :heart

The good news is the Herring are out in the deeper waters & fisheries was out taking number counts so should be open soon. :ecsmile

Thanks for the voice of reason, passerine.

Fisheries test boat here today and herring spotters flying over. The seagulls are congregating in large numbers. It is getting close to the herring spawn!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on February 28, 2011, 02:16:10 PM
JustDucky

Thanks so much for stirring up some interest in the environment but I would be careful about implying that the B.C. eagles are in some kind of danger. Our coastal area is one of the healthiest environments in the world with some of the world's largest concentration of Bald eagle populations. The wildlife rehab centers are facing more difficulties than the eagles.

You might also give a link to North Island Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NIWRA) as a voice of reason. Here is an excerpt from the Victoria Colonist, giving Robin Campbell's opinion:

Robin Campbell, of North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, which is caring for nine bald eagles, said most became ill after eating at dumps in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

"If they can't find carrion, they go to the dump, and the problem with the dump up there is you get a lot of poisoning," he said.

No one at Comox Valley Regional District was available to talk about the landfill Tuesday.

Campbell said the poor chum run is a problem for eagles — although the number at the recovery centre is not unusual — but it was compounded by heavy rains that washed the dead fish out to sea.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on February 28, 2011, 02:50:21 PM
I don't want to sound officious, but part of your letter should be changed.  :eclove

Quote
Subject:  Starving Bald Eagles

Dear Mr. Williams:

The Hornby Eagle Group  (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/), with watchers from around the world, would like your help.  The starving bald eagles are a subject of fervent concern.  Until recently, this subject seemed to be placed on the back burner; but has recently been brought to the forefront by several experts.  


Mary Jane is the spokesperson for Hornby Eagle Group and should be given an opportunity to approve anything that goes out in our behalf.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 28, 2011, 07:10:18 PM
Eagle Festival Campbell River - Feb  27 2011

Here are some of the notes I took during the day...

I only caught the end of the panel discussion. The panellists were taking questions from the floor.
The room was quite full, maybe a hundred people (I'm not very good at estimating numbers).

Panelists were: Ian Moul, RPBio, from Wildlife Tree Stewardship (WiTS); Terri Martin, RPBio, from the City of Campbell River; our own Doug Carrick; Maj Birch from MARS, and Dr. Stacey Gastis, who I think is the veterinarian who handles a lot of the wildlife cases for MARS.

After I arrived, there were still a few questions about aspergillosis, then the discussion turned to conservation. It sounded as though the two topics had been intertwined throughout the panel discussion; people seemed to move seamlessly between the two.
Since the speakers seemed to be in consensus, I did not keep track of who said what. This is a synopsis of what I heard. My own comments and inferences are in square brackets.

On aspergillosis:
Asper looks like plaque (small white and black spots) that can be in a bird's airways, lungs, digestive system, air sacs. Birds have a complex respiratory system, involving not only lungs but secondary air sacs, that are located along the ribs, in the clavicular area, and even inside the larger bones.

[I imagine the basic biology got covered earlier in the discussion, but here's a quote from my Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior:
"Unlike the simple in-out breathing cycle of mammals, the complex avian respiratory system is a continuously moving stream of air. It takes two complete inhale-exhale cycles for air to pass through the whole system. With each inhalation, fresh air is drawn into the posterior air sacs; with subsequent exhalations and inhalations, this air next passes to the lungs, then to the anterior air sacs, and then out of the body."
Imagine how susceptible a bird would be to airborne spores, then!]

It doesn't do a wild bird any good to act ill - to look like prey. By the time they show symptoms, it's too late for treatment.

The treatment for aspergillosis requires powerful drugs that are hard on a bird's system. Among other effects, the drugs cause the birds to lose their appetite, so they have to be force-fed. And birds that do get to treatment are already weakened.

Someone asked about precautions for the humans who work with birds infected with aspergillosis. Should Dan the tree climber have masked up? Two aspects came up on this topic: first the precautionary aspect, which dominates in public debate; yes, we should mask up. The subtext being that, in reality, we usually don't. Then also the clarification that aspergillus spores mostly infect people whose immune systems are already compromised.

[Personally, I don't agree that Dan was in much danger: he just grabbed Phoenix and slipped her into a bag. There was only minimal contact. The same would apply for us, who handled Phoenix after she reached the ground. On the other hand, when Darian cleaned the nest and cam lens, he raised a lot of dust, and it seems to me that the risk there was much greater.]

About conservation:
The City of Campbell River is justifiably a proud host for this festival. There is a dedicated city biologist, whose work is to look at conservation issues. [This is a first in BC, I believe.] The city is doing a survey, not only of nest trees, but also of perch trees, and what they call "heritage trees" - trees that are useful to wildlife, and irreplaceable because of their size and age.

Nest trees are already protected by law [Federal, I think?] from being "removed, or rendered useless." There is no such protection for perch trees, even though they are critical to eagles and other large birds. [It could be argued that removing a nest's babysitting tree (yes, most of the nests have one) would indeed render the nest tree useless.]

Other large trees on an eagle's territory are also needed as spare nesting sites. As we've seen with the changing map of Hornby Island nests, eagles tend to move their digs every few years. This, or the building up of the existing nest, is a strategy to keep on top of the parasites that infest the nest from year to year. The territory remains stable, but the nest may move.

So the City has been implementing bylaws to protect the heritage trees from removal. Terri Martin, who spoke to us about this program, was candid about its impact. She said that it looks so very good on paper, but right now the net result is merely to slow down the loss of habitat - not yet to conserve everything that is there, let alone to restore what has been lost.

[Still, as Booni and I drove into town, not a minute ever passed without us spotting a perch tree with an eagle in it. Campbell River is situated on a stretch of the Straight of Georgia that has strong current and upwellings; a river joins the straight just north of downtown. This is a rich area for fish and all sorts of wildlife.]

The panel also discussed the realities of the conservation laws. The speakers mentioned examples of developers who decided to simply cut down nest trees - in two cases, entire heron rookeries - and pay the fine; merely part of the cost of doing business. Government recently increased the penalties, but there is still work to do in that direction.

[I left the room at that point to return to the HEG table. The discussion ended a few minutes later.]

After the discussion, I briefly met with Ian Moul. He had brought information about WiTS, an organization that is maintaining a database of information about Bald Eagle nests in BC.

I realised that Hornby Island is still a blank spot on WiTS's map, so I offered to link Ian to our forum, map and stats. He seemed grateful about this, and mentioned a visit to Hornby in the near future.

WiTS's website: www.wildlifetree.org
The reports and maps are under Programs and Resources/reports.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2011, 07:14:59 PM

february 26 2011 - Red Tailed Hawk-Krider*s with Reg

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2011, 07:33:14 PM

It was WICKED COOL to be able to see a Bald Eagle up so close!
Manwe is FULL of character!
He was fascinating to watch.
& the whole time Tina was talking about him, & other raptors, answering people*s questions & just giving out information.
i could have watched this pair all day!
Here is a slide show of the fotos of Manwe that i got.
Click on foto to see slide show in larger size.

Manwe - february 26 2011 - Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival


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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 28, 2011, 09:35:26 PM
Wren, it is great to read your notes! Love the info, the nest conservation work, and more.  What a great move you did to offer the Hornby nests info.  Wait till they see how much info has been collected!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 28, 2011, 09:40:22 PM
Booni, the awesome pics of Manwe are such that I can envision being there. :)
( the movements remind me of my Macaw, Maya  :biggrin3 )

You wouldn't believe how heavy these big birds feel on your arm. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 02, 2011, 08:21:34 PM
Campbell River Eagle Festival, continued... As usual, click on pictures to view the larger size.

Here are pictures of the venue... The building is a maritime museum... Yes, that's a whole boat inside... and not any old boat either: it's the classic wooden seiner that used to be on the 5-dollar bills. The whole building grows out from this centrepiece.

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To give you an idea of the scale, there is a person on the first floor, to the right of the boat. There is a large display in that area, which we shall return to. On the other side is the museum's permanent collection, and there we will later find Reg and a smiling red-tailed hawk.


The information tables were on a mezzanine on the second story. In this picture, HEG's table is hiding behind the boat's bow. I can see Niner's picture on the wall, and maybe Booni seen from the back, but that's 'cause I know they're there... One of the lecture rooms is behind the large glass doors; the other one is to the back of the photographer.

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HEG's table was a happening place all day. We sat there a good portion of the time and watched the world come to us.

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Other displays, across from our table: City of Campbell River, with a lot of educaional resources about important trees and other aspects of the interface between an urban environment and wildlife. Next to them was WiTS, the group who are mapping the eagle nests of Vancouver Island.

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There were several other displays... It would have taken me a whole day to see everything.

The most exciting for me were the education birds. Always mixed feelings, the sadness of seeing a bird in captivity, the knowledge that they are cared for by genuine and expert people, the wonder of seeing such amazing creatures so close.

Here's Beaker, the lovely ambassador from the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society (BOCS)
Burrowing owls are critically endangered, and BOCS is running a captive breeding program and repopulating areas in the BC interior. Mike MacIntosh, Beaker's human, gave a presentation on the owls and BOCS's repopulation efforts.
BOCS's website: http://www.burrowingowlbc.org/

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I was not able to find much details about Beaker. The breeding program is run so as to minimize contact between the birds and humans. So I don't know how Beaker came to hang out with humans. Mike MacIntosh made the rounds with him for a while, but the day's busyness only allowed me to pass by and snap a few shots.

I love those furry feet...

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The star of the day, Manwe, came to us from Pacific Northwest Raptors. (Pacific's website: http://www.pnwraptors.com/index.html  )
When Tina and Mindy (our very own Eaglesonly) brought Manwe onto the porch, Maj pointed to them the perch trees of the local eagles, so Manwe's humans would be able to spot them and predict Manwe's reactions.

Sure enough, this happened at one point while Tina was answering questions from visitors to the festival. Here's Manwe, looking curiously at his own kind... He knows he's not in his territory here, so he keeps it quiet. Just having a gooood look...

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Adonis, a peregrine falcon, was the other visitor from Pacific Northwest Raptors. Initially Adonis was on the outside deck with Manwe. He's not terribly happy about this...

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Eaglesonly sent me this picture she took of Adonis, age 2 days!
Image copyright Mindy D/Eaglesonly - Used by permission.
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Later I spotted Adonis again, comfortably perched on Mindy's glove, mere feet away from curious visitors...
(Photograph by Wren, posted with Eaglesonly's permission)
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Seems he didn't enjoy the cold and snow on the deck... or maybe Manwe made him nervous. This surprised me, given the way peregrines like to get a rise out of eagles in the wild.


Speaking of birds hassling each other, Tina was asked about something that often comes up on the chat: the way crows will gang up on an eagle, dive-bombing him nonstop (as was happening on Booni's award-winning photograph... copy of which you can find  by clicking here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=222.msg13427#msg13427) .)

"No, the crows are not concerned about getting eaten by an eagle. Crows are fast, and they are skinny. For an eagle to seek a crow as prey would be the equivalent of running a marathon and getting a smartie as a reward.

"I have bears in my neighbourhood. When a bear comes into my backyard, I go outside and shout and bang on pots and pans and make a big commotion until the bear leaves. I'm not really worried about getting attacked by the bear, but he's a predator, and he's in my territory, and I don't want him there. I think it's the same for the crows."

To be continued...
 :ecsmile

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 02, 2011, 09:06:26 PM
Wren, your report and photos are fascinating.  I am enjoying all of it!  Thank you for sharing the Festival with us!   :thumbup:    :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 02, 2011, 09:28:18 PM
Campbell River Eagle Festival... continued.

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Back inside, I found Reg, Maj's constant helper at MARS, with a gorgeous red-tailed hawk named Scarlett. (Reg has been all over the news, so I HOPE he doesn't mind my posting his portrait here...  :ecsmile )

Here's where Reg and Scarlett stood... Dwarfed by the huge seiner, against a backrdrop of ancient engines and marine tackle.
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Scarlett was born in captivity and started her life as a falconry bird. She was brought into Canada, probably illegally, and kept in the Victoria area. Eventually her owner decided he didn't want to keep her anymore... He removed her identifying leg bands and set her loose.  :eceek

Scarlett is able to hunt, but because she was raised away from her kind, she lacks the smarts to find prey in the lean seasons. Also, she has imprinted on humans. She thinks she's human, or she thinks that we are hawks. "She doesn't even speak hawk", Reg explained. "She makes these growling noises, the closest she can get to how I sound."

Scarlett got in bad trouble in the wild. She was starving, and kept returning to human habitations, because that's where she thought she belonged. Someone found her and called for help. And that's how she ended up at MARS.

So unfortunately she is unreleasable. Reg is her family. He takes her hunting and flying, but she always comes back.
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Like Adonis, she seems to enjoy the attention and the proximity of all these humans.
I'm sure I'm anthropomorphizing here, but I was quite taken by her hawk smiles...

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Downstairs, on the other side of the boat, was the largest display of the festival: a collection brought by Steve Howard... whom I recognized right away: he was the carpenter who built the new spring house at MARS. Steve used to run a rehab at Tumbler Ridge years ago... He had a brilliant volunteer named... Maj Birch.

Steve had collections of taxidermized birds; eggs; feathers; nests; pellets. An amazing assemblage from years and years of research.
I photographed the pellet collection, to serve as a reference for our findings here on the island.
(I now wish I had photographed everything...) :ecnono

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There was to be another highlight to the day...
Eaglesonly had been looking forward to meeting Doug, and she was fairly sure that Doug had never been within actual touching distance of an eagle... So we arranged a photo op!

I'm happy to have permission from Ealgesonly to post this... a beautiful meeting. Doug looks like he knows exactly how lucky he is to meet two stars at once!

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 02, 2011, 09:33:19 PM
Wren, where do I start?  The venue was very interesting and completely different than what I had in mind.  The HEG table was colorful and well stocked. :)
The pics of the birds, hmm gorgeous!  Tiny 2 day old Adonis; adorable.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on March 02, 2011, 10:07:20 PM
Thankyou, Wren.  :eclove

Ruby is adorable. I never think of a hawk that way when they invade my garden and send all the birds into hiding. We had a big Goshawk here last week, bold as could be, perched about five feet above the ground.

Note that Reg is wearing a Festival shirt!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on March 02, 2011, 10:14:23 PM
Wren,

Thank you for taking us with you again on your travels. You have such an amazing way to show us where you have been and bring us in to your world. Seeing Eaglesonly, Doug and Manwe brings on such a smile. I love the table. "Our" table. How wonderful!!!

Dozens and hugs and thank you's,
Rajame :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on March 03, 2011, 07:44:28 AM

Wrennie, EXCELLENT job reporting on the Eagle Fest!
i felt like i was there!

 :puzzled2

Your foto documentation of the event was well done!
What a super foto of Manwe & Eaglesonly!
You really showed what the place was like, what our table looked like, & what some of the displays were.
i finally got to see the pellet collection, thanks to you.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on March 03, 2011, 12:15:28 PM
WinterWren, thank you so much for the time you took to craft such exquisite details of EagleFest.  It would have been a dream to have been there, but thanks to you, I was able to enjoy it vicariously.  I was riveted.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ivani on March 03, 2011, 12:36:43 PM
 Wren, Thanks for your description and photos. It's great to see places that probably would never go.
 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on March 03, 2011, 03:58:29 PM
I can't stop reading and re-reading this thread.  Thank you to everyone for posting. The letters are wonderful and heartfelt.  Joy, what a wonderful presentation, a special thank you from chatters everywhere. :heart   Booni and Wren, you're the BEST!!  The photo journal takes me there with you! 

Just one :ecwink observation, on the third time through I saw in your post (#471) and pic  "I love those furry feet" .... by that time I was thinking...."just look at that furry arm holding those furry feet" :blush  LOL

Again, thank you to all for keeping us informed and taking us with you to the Eagle Fest.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on March 03, 2011, 09:45:05 PM
I want to thank every one who attended EagleFest - whether physically or in spirit - Doug, Joy, Wren, Booni, Passerine, AJL - it was a fabulous event and I can't thank the HEG enough for their support with their t's and gift items.  It's really neat to see the videos and another perspective of what is was about.

 Doug - I hope you are pleased with our Legacy to Phoenix - It was meant to be a tribute to the many who played a part. This was a chance for us to celebrate a new season - a new beginning by reflecting on the past.  I treasure that you have been a huge part of our eaglefest since the beginning.

Booni - so glad we finally met face to face.  Joy - you are a treasure - Passerine - thanks for your organizaation of the table for the HEG, Wren - your postings are enjoyed by many.  Liz - my data whiz - thanks for looking after these folks

To everyone who has opened their hearts and donated to us - again so many I am amazed - my sincere thanks

You all rock!!!  Here's to a really great 2011 nesting season.  AJL - I want you to know it was really hard to think anyone could possibly take me seriously wearing a tiara and holding onto a wand starburst!!!  But I was impressed by the questions and the way the panel discussion progressed with conservation a key component - I think you would have been satisfied with the results - or at least I hope so..  I want to thank Doug, Warren, Terri and Ian in the parts they played that day.  maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on March 04, 2011, 09:33:40 AM

Hiya Maj!  :hearts2

Thanks to Sandor for posting this link on chat.
This is a link to the Campbell River Mirror*s website, with an article & lovely slide show from the Eagle Fest!  :heart


CLICK - Celebrating the majesty of raptors (http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/campbellrivermirror/news/117201243.html)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on March 04, 2011, 10:43:46 AM
The entire Eagle Fest was so vibrant and fascinating and the atmosphere there was electric. The panel discussion was interesting and the information and expertise was varied and engaging.  Mr Joy and I both felt we learned so much. 

As for the tiara and wand, I think they added a lighthearted element to an otherwise very serious discussion. And that element created just a touch of magic.  Maj you wore the tiara as if you were born to wear one always and your gracious and sweet use of the wand from time to time punctuated your comments in a way that made them even more memorable.  You are a fairy godmother, my dear friend, and we love you.   
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 04, 2011, 11:04:12 AM
The  MARS website has an interesting post by Warren Warttig, Registered Professional Biologist, about the importance of the chum salmon,

http://wingbeats.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=209:for-the-record&catid=85:injured-wildlife&Itemid=64 (http://wingbeats.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=209:for-the-record&catid=85:injured-wildlife&Itemid=64)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on March 04, 2011, 01:32:06 PM
Joy, thank you very much for representing us so well.  Couldn't think of a better Spokesnester!

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on March 04, 2011, 07:09:16 PM

Maj sent me this poster in PDF format, so i am copying the text here for people to read, if they are interested in the course.

2-Day Intensive Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation
Course in Victoria, BC this April for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehab
education. The IWRC is a non-profit organization that offers training and support to
professional wildlife rehabilitators—from large non-profit organizations to individual home
rehabilitators.

• Description: An introductory course with lecture topics that include: intro to
wildlife rehab, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages, handling and
physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical
examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses,
euthanasia criteria and release criteria.

• Includes a half-day lab to practice techniques in: gavage (tube-feeding), physical
restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams, limb
immobilization and weighing. (Full course earns 13 Continuing Education Credits)

REGISTER TODAY TO HOLD YOUR SPOT: www.theiwrc.org

Questions or want to register by phone? Call Kai at 866-871-1869 or email Kim at office@theiwrc.org.

WHERE: Victoria, British Columbia
WHEN: April 9th and 10th
WHO: Both novices and experienced rehabilitators seeking formal
education
HOW MUCH?: IWRC Member: $125
Non-Member: $159

The IWRC  PO Box 3197 Eugene, OR 97403  (866)-871-1869 Fax (408)-876-6153  office@theiwrc.org
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on March 05, 2011, 07:40:06 AM
Maj sent out an email thanking all the MARS volunteers, Board members, etc and I sent the following reply to them all on behalf of the Nest:

'((((((((Maj, Reg, and all the MARS board members and volunteers)))))))

I have been in the 'nest' (Hornby Island Chatroom) quite a bit this past week and everyone was very excited to hear all about the Campbell River Eagle Festival. There have been lots of photos and video clips posted on the Hornby Island Forum.  Here is the link - the discussion about the Eagle Fest start toward the end of page 17 (see near top left for page numbers).
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.400

The 'nesters' were all so delighted and honoured that the theme was Phoenix Legacy. Witnessing Mom and Dad Hornby nurture and raise that beautiful (well not always beautiful but always fascinating and sweet) eaglet almost to fledging then to see her take her last breath had huge impact on all of the 'nesters.'

So a big thank you and congratulations to all of you from the Hornby Island Nesters.  We appreciate all MARS (and all rehabbers) do to protect not just the eagles but all birds, wildlife and the environment. '

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on March 05, 2011, 12:31:01 PM
You are all so remarkable! I won't write a list because I will probably forget someone. To be embraced by your enthusiasm and held near in your wisdom is incredible.

Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! Thank you! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for you! Thank you for saving the world! Thank you for impressing us to be a better steward of the earth. Thank you for wisdom! So, I am not kidding Thank YOU!!! :heart Rajame
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on March 05, 2011, 03:39:04 PM
Maj sent me this poster in PDF format, so i am copying the text here for people to read, if they are interested in the course.

2-Day Intensive Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation
Course in Victoria, BC this April for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehab
education. The IWRC is a non-profit organization that offers training and support to
professional wildlife rehabilitators—from large non-profit organizations to individual home
rehabilitators....

I have taken some of their training, and this is outstanding opportunity for those of you in the area!  I hope a few of you will take the basic course.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2011, 04:08:31 PM
Very nice letter, Joy.  I'm sure that MARS appreciates what you do there, also!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on March 05, 2011, 06:16:05 PM
A lot of credit goes to Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS) for all the work behind the scenes making the postcards (birdvoyer) and DVDs (Cawatcher), designing the T-shirts and Festival poster (Mojo) - and getting these items shipped in time. A big thanks especially to passerine, boonibarb & Wren who travelled there and to Doug who represented us so well. Also, to the members of HEGPS who spent countless hours planning and discussing this.

This has resulted in MARS members having Festival T-shirts to wear for the event and some funds realized for MARS.  :thumbup:
Title: Manwe
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2011, 09:31:02 PM

Manwe was shown outside on a kind of covered deck, but the wind was fierce & it was snowing!
You can see some of the snow in this foto.

february 26 2011 13:02 - Manwe at the Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival - 168-58

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5501667242_05a375c40f_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5501667242_7995bfcf82_o.jpg)
Title: Manwe
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2011, 09:48:11 PM

february 26 2011 13:03 - Manwe - 168-62

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5060/5501697046_6d582a0a20_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5060/5501697046_c257b93b14_o.jpg)
Title: Manwe
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2011, 09:57:09 PM

february 26 2011 13:03 - Manwe - 168-68

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5501119427_d675d17f23_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5501119427_69d7f964c1_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on March 05, 2011, 10:07:53 PM
Lovely pics of Manwe Booni... ty... he is a beauty
Title: Manwe
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2011, 10:09:07 PM

Tina kept up a running dialogue, answering questions & telling us many interesting things about birds, while Manwe danced beside her, or on her glove.
It was freezing cold & windy out there, or i could have watched all day!
There was a constantly shifting audience of people in front of me, closer to Manwe, but i realize now that not one stepped in front of my camera while i was photographing!

february 26 2011 13:04 - Manwe with Tina - 168-76

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5291/5501729850_ebd2efed1e_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5291/5501729850_a052da4aa8_o.jpg)
Title: Manwe
Post by: boonibarb on March 05, 2011, 10:27:29 PM

At one point, Manwe felt the wind & went airborne!
He has leather jesses around his feet, tied to a longer cord, held by Tina.
Here he is, landing back down on the glove after his little airborne spurt.

february 26 2011 13:07 - Manwe coming in for a landing - 168-91

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5501163677_40cc1be378_b.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5501163677_b6fe0fccb8_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2011, 11:09:42 PM
Very nice series of pictures of Manwe, Booni!  Thanks for sharing them and giving us a report about what was happening.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 06, 2011, 11:16:49 AM
Nice Booni, who was your favorite Raptor. :ecwink

I would also like to thank my daughter for squeeezing a fairly expensive ad for the festival at no expense to anyone. It went out to Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Errrington, Nanoose, Whiskey Creek, cities & towns. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on March 06, 2011, 12:12:30 PM
Oh yes thank you to Daughter Passerine. You rock! :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 06, 2011, 04:26:05 PM
MARS posted on their Facebook page today:

Another generous corporate donation - this time from BC Hydro. They are avid supporters of MARS.

The picture shows a beaming Maj holding a check for $5000.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150115549083114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150115549083114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113)



 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 06, 2011, 04:53:01 PM
Wow!  $5,000 is a big donation.  Yay for BC Hydro!    :thumbup:

Thank you Passerine's Daughter!  We appreciate your efforts in helping MARS to publicize the Festival!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on March 06, 2011, 06:07:04 PM
Wow! How wonderful to get help from BC Hydro.

Passerine - thanks to your daughter.  :nod2 I am wondering where the ads were?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 06, 2011, 06:16:23 PM
Friday Feb 25 about 3 or 4 pages in from back of paper on right of page. She didn't have a shoe horn big enough to squeeze in on Tuesday. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 07, 2011, 11:10:36 AM
Good Old Facebook - today this post showed up (Facebook does not post in chronological order for some reason).

"Coast (sic) Community Credit Union generously presented a large donation to Maj in February..."
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1763938671886&set=o.119843378113&ref=nf (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1763938671886&set=o.119843378113&ref=nf)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 07, 2011, 12:20:50 PM
Through Nancy's link I found out I had the wrong name for the hawk!!!
Scarlett... Not Ruby.
 :mhihi

Will correct my posts.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 07, 2011, 01:39:08 PM
It's nice MARS is being helped by some local groups and that really is good to keep them going when it's so badly needed!  Hooray!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MoJo on March 09, 2011, 12:50:29 PM

As most of you know, Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) dedicated this year’s Eagle Fest to "THE PHOENIX LEGACY”.  We created a custom festival design featuring two popular images of Phoenix.  This design is available for a limited time in a special Festival section in our Hornby Eagles Cafepress shop, www.cafepress.com/hornbyeagles, and all proceeds from sales of this design will be donated to MARS.

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac159/mojosphotos1/CP%20Designs/festivaldesign-1.png)

We hope you will consider treating yourself (or a loved one!) to one of our special festival products, and at the same time you would be helping MARS continue their important work of wildlife rehabilitation.  But don’t delay, the design will only be available until the end of March.  Be sure to check the bottom of the page in the shop for special discounts; right now you can save $15 off of a $50 (US) purchase, but it expires 3/15/11!!

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2011, 11:11:09 PM

Click here for current Island Tides Newspaper. Foto of Manwe made page 9! (http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 10, 2011, 05:34:02 AM
Congratulations on having your spectacular photo published, booni!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on March 10, 2011, 05:35:18 AM
I know that photographer! Nice boonib.     :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 10, 2011, 12:53:47 PM
Nice! Now more people can enjoy it. Page 9 of the paper.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MoJo on March 10, 2011, 12:55:32 PM
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay Booni!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome!!! 
:thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: JOB on March 11, 2011, 08:26:55 PM
Is that a picture of Booni handling the eagle on page 9 of the newspaper?  Nice close-up.

Watermaid  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 11, 2011, 09:38:37 PM
Congratulations, Boonibarb! The photo you took looks great!  You are getting nice recognition for your excellent work!

JOB/Watermaid, Booni is the photographer.  It takes special training to be a raptor handler.  We have so many talented and skilled people among our Hornby eagles community...   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on March 11, 2011, 09:53:00 PM
Having trouble downloading the paper. Adobe is OK. Will try again tomorrow. Manwe is a handsome eagle and his handler looked so cold that day. Well done Booni.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 11, 2011, 10:22:15 PM
Manwe was a hit at the Festival.  If you scan back in this topic, you'll see more of Manwe and handler.  : :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on March 11, 2011, 11:09:31 PM
YAY FOR YOU BOONI... WONDERFUL TO SEE THAT GREAT PIC AND YOUR NAME UNDER IT!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on March 30, 2011, 11:16:07 AM
Today I received this very nice email:  :eclove

We want to send a big thank you to all that helped us out during the starving eagle crisis here in the Comox Valley last month.  We appreciate all the donations that came to us at that time.  It certainly helped cover the expenses for medicines, food, etc.  At the present time we are down to 5 eagles still in care and an additional  2 eagles were released back into the wild this past week.  Things are slowly returning to normal!
 
 
Maj Birch, manager
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
6817 Headquarters Rd[/blue]
Courtenay, BC V9J 1N2
250-337-2021
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 30, 2011, 12:01:38 PM
Thanks for posting the good news and thank you from Maj, Beans.  She's a blessing to eagles and other birds and MARS deserves all the help they can get.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Trixie in Ontario on March 30, 2011, 12:30:00 PM
Another wonderful Boonibarb photo is on the COVER of the latest edition of Island Tides too (March 24 edition). Congratulations!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on March 30, 2011, 07:23:44 PM
Here is a link to the latest issue of Island Tides featuring Booni's pic on the front: 

http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf (http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf)

Way to go, Booni, congrats!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on March 30, 2011, 09:16:40 PM
Congrats Booni... what a great shot too !!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on April 24, 2011, 07:26:07 PM
I spent a few hours at MARS again last week... At one point a volunteer came to find me where I was working, to tell me Maj and Jen were about to feed one of the eagles... Maj knows I want to see everything!

Believe it or not, this is an adult. A very, very dirty adult, so probably a dump eagle. He was found fighting with another male. Maj: "Neither of them had a brood patch, so it was not territorial fighting, it was just fighting."
He's really looking rough and beat-up; some of his tail feathers are broken or missing. He has a swollen toe, which Reg wants to have x-rayed.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5227/5651994292_2d7c71fcbc_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5227/5651994292_120a38eb5f_o.jpg)

He's obviously not happy with his plight - a good sign, really. An eagle is supposed to be feisty. He was in the aviary outside, but he was shivering, so Maj brought him in.

He's not eating on his own; Jen has to open his beak. But as soon as she puts this herring in his mouth, he swallows it whole.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5651432369_549e31ffa8_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5142/5651432369_3552d8053b_o.jpg)

He follows that with another herring, and two big chunks of deer meat. Now that's better...

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5652002230_1629b749ec_z.jpg) (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5652002230_6c074eacd4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on April 24, 2011, 07:47:05 PM
Yes, that's good --  he's getting nutrition.  And when he feels better, he'll eat on his own.  Glad they brought him inside, bless his heart.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 24, 2011, 08:02:12 PM
So glad someone got him to MARS too!  He does look more content with some food in him.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on April 24, 2011, 09:20:58 PM

FANTASTIC wren!
Beautiful fotos & closeups!
You show the Eagle & the handling really well!
i would LOVE to hear more about this Eagle, why he was in the condition he is, & what was found out about him during his rehab!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 24, 2011, 09:38:57 PM
Wow, Wren! Thank you for telling us about this eagle and sharing your photos.  He must be very relieved to have good food and a safe place to live.  Although I hope he can go back to the wild eventually, apparently he wasn't finding enough food in a safe place.  It's so hard out there in real life...

MARS is doing so much good.  They are fortunate to have your help when you go there.  It must be a great learning experience.   :thumbup:

:heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 24, 2011, 09:50:10 PM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Wren, for sharing these wonderful photos and the story !
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on April 24, 2011, 10:32:16 PM
:ecsmile Wren the down and out Eagle is in great hands! Thank you for keeping us in the information loop! Up close and personal wow!!  Maybe by next year it will be you holding the Eagle  :nod2
  :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on April 24, 2011, 11:19:30 PM
Thanks Wren,  I always enjoy these rescue stories.
watermaid  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mother nature on April 25, 2011, 07:53:29 AM
Thanks Wren,  I always enjoy these rescue stories.
watermaid  :heart

Me Too!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 25, 2011, 08:10:10 AM
Me three!   :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on April 25, 2011, 08:35:20 AM
Meeeee four!  :ecwink :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on April 25, 2011, 01:13:59 PM
Meeee Five!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on April 25, 2011, 02:52:14 PM
And me, myself and I too!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 26, 2011, 01:59:29 PM
OK, make me ...hmmm, # niner, then!
Thanks, Wren  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Stokes on April 30, 2011, 01:59:58 PM
A rehabber's dream come true!! Wow great videos....congratulations to all who helped these eagles. Blessings to them....
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: DawnRose on April 30, 2011, 02:56:46 PM
Am I in the right place for the Baby Bird Shower? What do you get for an eaglet that has everything it needs?

Hi, I'm Dawn, and I just started working at MARS, doing Office Admin.

How is everyone today?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on April 30, 2011, 03:38:46 PM
Hi Dawn!  Welcome to the forum.

We had the "shower"  in the chat room - Maj was there with us!  She posted here in the forum afterwards:  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=787.msg53331#msg53331 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=787.msg53331#msg53331)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on April 30, 2011, 03:44:47 PM

Hiya Dawn!
Welcome to the forum!  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MoJo on May 12, 2011, 11:49:48 PM
New fundraiser for MARS!  I have created special new designs for fans of Hornby Island Eagles that are participating in HIP Trip 2011, and also for those who wish they could go, but can't! Here's the basic design:

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac159/mojosphotos1/Photos%20for%20forum/HIPtrip02copy.jpg)

The other designs use the same image and say “My (Wife/Friend/Grandma/Grandpa/Aunt/Uncle/Mom/Dad) visited the Hornby Island Eagles, and all I got was this t-shirt” and also "I didn't get to go on the HIP Trip, but I loved the t-shirt!".

The designs are all available in my own Cafepress shop, www.cafepress.com/creationsbymo, and proceeds will be donated to MARS.

Orders to the U.S. usually take 7-10 days for delivery, Canadian orders will hopefully arrive in two weeks, so if you’d like to order something I would do it as soon as possible.  (I apologize for not having this available sooner, but concert season kept me too busy!)

Remember to check the bottom of the page for a special discount.

Hope you like the designs!
Mojo
Title: Re: Unusual Coopers hawk
Post by: ostrich on May 20, 2011, 08:27:47 PM
   Maj,  as I mentioned on chat,  I'd be interested what you think about this young Coopers hawk that I have next door - this is a juvenile female with some quite unusual tail features, as well as a very interesting story. 

  I noticed this bird in the park a few weeks ago,  and had been seeing it regularly,  along with an adult male Coopers, but it took a while to realize what the identity of the bird is,  because of the highly unusual tail - the bird lacks the prominent tail that is the easiest identifying characteristic of the Coopers.  The rectrices appear to be either partially torn or broken,  or otherwise missing.   However it is definitely a juvenile female Coopers (confirmed by observations of its nesting behavior with the adult male over the past couple of weeks). 

  I will post the photos I have of the bird below (I'll post the full resolution photos as links below them as well in case anyone in interested in looking at the especially fine deatils - I took these shows with a 640mm lens from reasonably close range,  but the full resolution versions are quite large). 

  I'm quite curious if you have any ideas of how this bird might have ended up in this state.  It seems more like a number of the deck feathers have been broken or severed part way (as opposed to having been pulled out completely).  The bird does not appear to be in any distress though, and can fly (although it's flight has a someone unusual feel for a Coopers hawk).  It's hard to say if its hunting ability is significantly impaired, although for an accipiter you would imagine it would be - however it is definitely eating because I have observed it eating birds.  I have not specifically observed it make a capture though so I can't say whether it is doing any of its own hunting,  or whether it is being supplied by the adult male.  The latter is definitely happening as I have witnessed this. 

   This is the female (AJL has named her Minnie (Cooper)  :ecsmile

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2342/5700805649_f91f5cc4dc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700805649/)
BUTEO1_CRP_ADJ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700805649/) by ostrich2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/79774811@N00/), on Flickr

  Full resolution:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700805649/sizes/o/in/set-72157617106749396/

   This shot also shows the tail area from underneath - the seemingly "truncated" deck feathers are evident here:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5700809415_29922b734f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700809415/)
BUTEO2_CRP (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700809415/) by ostrich2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/79774811@N00/), on Flickr

 Full resolution:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5700809415/sizes/o/in/set-72157617106749396/

   This is a view from the front - this shows well that the bird is a juvenile - the buff chest plumage and brown vertical streaking,  as well as the light eye color which is characteristic of juvenile Coopers (I took these shots in early evening when the light was starting to fade,  so the eyes appear somewhat darker than they actually are - this bird in fact has quite yellow eyes typical of a fully juvenile bird,  as opposed to the orange of a transitional juvenile plumage).  (You can also see the bird is partially cropped up in this view). 

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3642/5701382098_0dac5d510a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5701382098/)
BUTEO3_CRP_ADJ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5701382098/) by ostrich2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/79774811@N00/), on Flickr

   The other very interesting thing about this situation is that this female has been actively courted by the adult male that is around, and they on the surface are behaving in many ways just as a nesting pair would.  I'm not sure offhand whether courtship between an adult and juvenile bird is that unusual or not in Coopers,  but my instinct from watching this bird is that it is to some degree "going through the motions",  and is responding as a breeding partner would,  but only in certain respects.  Earlier in the spring the male built two separate nests,  one a nicely sized and sturdy one in a stand of oak trees,  and a second tiny one laid across a couple of branches in a much smaller tree next to the walking path in the park.  The female has taken to sitting in this "mini-nest" most of the time,  for all the world like an incubating bird would,  but I don't think there are any eggs in there.  It's certainly odd because the nest is so small that I can't see how it could be successfully used to rear young - it is barely large enough for the female's body alone,  never mind having 3-4 young in there too.  The male is bringing food items for her,  making the standard 'kik' vocalizations to summon her,  and otherwise behaving just as a breeding male would.  Here is the male (clearly a full adult,  red eyes, and the typical adult rufous chest patterning),  Anderson (Cooper)  :ecsmile

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/5697011759_7e48d8c177_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5697011759/)
IMG_0557_CRP (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79774811@N00/5697011759/) by ostrich2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/79774811@N00/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 21, 2011, 02:01:36 AM
Ostrich, that is a most interesting scenario!  I enjoyed reading your descriptions and looking at the accompanying photos.  I hope Maj can provide some answers to what seems like an unusual situation.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 06, 2011, 08:04:50 PM
Hi all,

This is Pat, from MARS, otherwise known as Courtenaybirder on chat. We're looking for some more volunteers to do animal care due to a manpower shortage and an abundance of babies (birds & fawns). If anyone can help out, please contact us at 250-337-2021 or through the contact email on the website www.wingtips.org. We also have a Facebook page, which I administer and you can post on there and I will reply.

Thanks for your support! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on June 14, 2011, 06:11:15 PM
MARS has fawns - needs help!

http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=23afee23-18ae-4fd7-becf-f2f9a3fb3b04 (http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=23afee23-18ae-4fd7-becf-f2f9a3fb3b04)

A Fawn Dilemma
Swamped wildlife shelter needs help
 
Comox Valley Echo

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In the past two weeks Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (M.A.R.S.) has been swamped with fawns. As of June 10, the local wildlife and bird shelter had received 11 fawns, and anticipate even more in the weeks to come as the breeding season for black tailed deer usually runs from June to September.

Already each of these precious little creatures is consuming just over a litre of milk per day and they could consume twice this amount as they get stronger prior to being weaned. They are fed a specially made powdered fawn milk formula supplemented with pasteurized goat's milk and topped up with water.

Unfortunately this formula does not provide the antibodies that the mother provides through her milk and very often the fawns develop diarrhoea which can weaken and dehydrate them. The fawns will remain at M.A.R.S. until they are eating some greenery on their own when they will be transferred to a special fawn enclosure on nearby acreage where they will gradually be reintroduced to the wild.

Each year we try to get across this important message of what to do if you find a fawn.

- Do not assume the fawn is abandoned

- Leave the fawn alone and watch from a distance unless you see the mother killed

- Fawns remain still when the mother is off hunting, they are often hidden in the grass

- Before assuming the fawn is an orphan please call M.A.R.S. 1-800-304-9968

- Do not take a fawn home and try to feed it; you could "kill it with kindness"

- If you see a mother deer with one fawn crossing the road expect another deer to follow

- SLOW DOWN AT MARKED DEER CROSSING SIGNS

·- If you find a fawn on the side of the road move it to the safety of the nearby bushes or trees and check back in a few hours before intervening

M.A.R.S. is really stretched for donations having received 37 bald eagles this year so far and at present still have 3 eagles and 7 fawns; in addition they also have 2 red squirrels, 6 barred owls which include 2 owlets, 4 hummingbirds, 8 mallard ducklings, 4 saw whet owls, 1 western screech owl, 1 hairy woodpecker and a menagerie of robins!

The estimated cost to raise the baby fawns will be $1,500.00 and the centre would appreciate any donations if you would like to help with "baby wildlife season" (Visa, MasterCard, cheques or cash are gladly accepted).

For updates and further information please visit www.wingtips.org. Or call 250-337-2021. M.A.R.S. will update the fawns' progress on Facebook.
© Comox Valley Echo 2011
Title: NEW: Newsletter for members of MARS
Post by: Wingbeats Editor on June 21, 2011, 09:34:57 PM
Attention members of MARS:  We now have a monthly newsletter exclusively for you.  If you wish to receive a copy of Wingbeats in your email box every month, please email your email address to editor.wingbeats@telus.net. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society coopers hawk
Post by: Majee on June 25, 2011, 01:49:52 PM
Hi Ostrich - sorry it has taken sooo long for a reply.  It looks to me as if the female immature coopers you show may heve suffered feather dameage due to either very poor diet when still quite yong causing stress bars in ther feathers and then breaking off at a later time.  Your observations are great. 

I think too, she may have also possibly been kept in captivity,as this kind of feather damage occurs to our redtail hawk Horus. He bounces around a lot in his mews and that has had negative effect on feathers.  We wait now for moult - he had terrible feathers when he first arrived and was in terrible shape - we thought he came from a falconer.

 Perhaps she was in Rehab or kept by a falconer and then released.  Not sure, but you could check with your local rehabbers to see if they released a young Coopers, or if they know of falconers' in the area that may have done so.  Good to see her crop full and that she is being fed and relating well to the male.  Keep me posted on other things you witness and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 28, 2011, 01:46:33 PM
Just a note about our volunteer situation. We are still being inundated with baby animals and could use caregivers. But we also need some extra people to help with upcoming community events. The main one is Campbell River Logger Sports on August 6/7 - we supply timekeepers and MARS gets paid for it. This event requires a lot of volunteers and we're usually scrambling. It's a fun time - we just use a stopwatch and time the action! Volunteers get lunch and are treated well, with breaks and official t-shirts. Contact Dawn at 250-337-2021 or contact@wingtips.org

Thanks, Pat (Courtenaybirder)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 30, 2011, 01:46:55 PM
The Shell Fueling Change site is giving out 100 extra votes to people for Canada Day. MARS is supporting voting for a Nature Trust project  http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/194/Community-driven-Conservation-of-Cavity-Nesting-Birds   The code to get extra votes is  h5d-ggbhp
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 30, 2011, 03:59:06 PM
Valleygirl, I went to that site and it wouldn't accept my email address and doesn't have a place for state (U.S.), rather than a province in the area for registration.  Any ideas about what to do?  I'd like to help by voting.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 30, 2011, 08:17:36 PM
Sorry folks - it looks like this one is only for Canada. I guess there is another one for the U.S because I thought it was Shell that gave a grant to the Norfolk Gardens...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on July 04, 2011, 06:40:52 AM
Hi ALL - I just wanted to say thanks, again to everyone for their kindness and wonderful donations to MARS.  We are hoping to purchase a camera soon so that we can film some of the many birds and wildlife that come into our centre.  Then to post these on our website and here to the forum for all to see.  AJL - we still have the 2 fawns and their problem is yet to be resolved.  Thanks for your knowlege and support.  We rleased an eagle on Saturday - Pin Wing cmae into our care late December or early January with badly fractured wing.   This was a long 6 month rehab.  We have 2 more with fractures and a baby eaglet that we will probably take down to Robin at NIWRA to get more one on one with others.  I understand that Decker is soon to be released - I hope I get to be there.  I plan to take Ruth Masters with me to see Robin next time - she is 91 and a long time supporter of Robin's NIWRA and of MARS, sending us money, lumber, food, pads for the cages, whatever she can.  She donated 22 acres for Greenway and still lives in her modest home on the property along the Punledge River. She gets out to protest with signs whenever trees are at risk of being cut down. Amzing woman!!!   :ecsmile cherio maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2011, 06:49:54 AM
Hi again everyone,

Maj mentioned the release of Pin Wing on Saturday and I thought I'd share the link to the video   http://youtu.be/Jl4SkaYZ_GU  Reg did a wonderful job of showing this magnificent bird off. There was a family there who had won a release viewing at Eaglefest and they got a good show!

Hope you enjoy the video...Courtenaybirder
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2011, 08:11:55 AM
I have an album going on FB with the latest photos from MARS, too.... It's call MARS Latest News and is public so you don't have to sign up for FB to view it or anything else on the page.  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on July 04, 2011, 08:23:17 AM
Thank-you Maj a camera would be fun to learn more of MARS & see some of the critters you all help. :eclove Always nice to hear updates, wishing the best for the fawns & all the animals in care.

Valley/Courtnaybirder, lovely the Puntledge River it's been to long since i was there last. TY for the vid of Pin Wings release. The other link didn't work this time. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 04, 2011, 11:52:20 AM
Thank you Maj and thank you to all at MARS, for without your dedication, life would not be possible in many many wildlife.

:hearts2

 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2011, 01:04:05 PM
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113  Looks like this link should be clickable...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 04, 2011, 01:44:00 PM
Lots of photos of a wide variety of critters.  :biggrin6


The "pin-wing" release was just beautiful to see. Love how Reg was able to display her. Then put her down to take off on  her own terms.

I was wondering what her age was estimated?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 13, 2011, 07:59:00 PM
Hi again,

Glad you enjoyed the release video! It's hard to say how old she might be - young adult, anyway. Lots of years left to fly and find a mate.

I've got a couple of links for new videos from MARS.... http://youtu.be/cVCbPgm6-p4  These are the two fawns we've been trying to get healthy - they seem much better! http://youtu.be/uvWSGNkkrOk  These are a couple of new and funny patients.

Maj says we have money in place for the camera and should be able to purchase it soon!

Pat (Courtenaybirder)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on July 13, 2011, 08:41:16 PM
The vids are great TY Courtenay. Really looking forward to the camera, hugs to Maj & you. MARS :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: typoscount2 on July 29, 2011, 06:20:40 PM
even tho decker went to the larger flight cage at nwira,
decker was first seen to by MARS
http://www.cheknews.ca/
 entitled eagle flies july 29
this is the news chek6 news report on deckers release
thankyou all for all you do for the wild souls you meet
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: OpieK on July 29, 2011, 07:10:37 PM
Oh thank you so much for posting this link typos(non4) :-)  I had to be away today and what a treat to see when I returned!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on July 29, 2011, 07:40:04 PM
even tho decker went to the larger flight cage at nwira,
decker was first seen to by MARS

exactly, Typos - and I was sorry to see that the Chek report did not identify Maj in the video clip.  She looks so happy, tho, to see Decker fly!!  (as we all are!)


(excuse the first few seconds of this video, please)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOg7cj6x3uU
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: kac on July 30, 2011, 03:40:31 AM
Thank you, Nancy, for posting the video of Decker's release.  Tears of joy streaming down my face watching Decker fly free at last.  Words just can't explain the feelings.   :heart

Kaae
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: PamNY on July 30, 2011, 06:31:21 PM
Love the Alien Babies and fawn videos!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 31, 2011, 01:39:28 PM
In case people missed these links on the Decker forum page...

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2127938731660  Here is my video of Decker's release - it's short, but sweet! He flew very well.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150271854293114.347157.119843378113  And these are the pics I took before the video, as things were warming up.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 31, 2011, 01:51:20 PM
Thank you Valleybirds!  What a great release!  Decker was more than ready to go!  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 02, 2011, 10:49:21 AM
MARS still needs volunteers to help with timekeeping at Campbell River Logger Sports this coming weekend. We need 14 people on both Saturday and Sunday - we use stopwatches to time the events and determine the winners. It's a fun day and we get lunch and t-shirts! If you can help or know someone who can, please contact Dawn at 250-337-2021 or email contact@wingtips.org
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Stokes on August 02, 2011, 02:07:28 PM
A few photos of Decker's release at Union Bay and some from the great tour of MARS Maj gave us. Saw all sorts of amazing things. Followed Maj to a few eagle nests near Union Bay to check for recent activity. First nest had no visible signs of use, all the next nests were active.

Saw a new red tailed hawk at MARS, and a baby raven. The herons are too shy and are kept from public view. Saw interesting things like the worm garden in an old tub, the large catch basin for rain water to be recycled. The woodland foundation laid for a new owl enclosure. A raven home. Squirrel house. The well house and cool wooden roof structure. Lots of stories about volunteers who help MARS. And of course, bald eagles, two adults and one immature.

Here are the photos: http://floodwaterphotography.zenfolio.com/p172285359. I'll go back and take more.

Thank you Maj for the amazing tour.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on August 17, 2011, 07:36:13 PM
We will continue the story of the eaglet I call Helliwell over here...

Click  Here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=638.msg70515#msg70515) to find the beginning of his story.

Today I got a brief email from Dawn at MARS.

It said, in part:

"As for the eaglet, he is very emaciated, but holding his own at the moment.
Still being tube-fed ~ no solid foods just yet. We will send updates as they are available."
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 17, 2011, 08:02:04 PM
thanks, wren  :eclove , for continuing to keep us informed about Heliwell.  Hopefully the diet that AJl worked out last year for emaciated eaglets will serve to restore this one to health.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 17, 2011, 09:02:44 PM
Hi guys,

I have video of Helliwell being tube fed and a pic of him in his 'cage' that I will post as soon as I can - probably tomorrow. I'll put it on MARS' FB page and put a link here. He is pretty droopy and did regurgitate a bit of his formula, but that's could be just an indication of his stomach not being used to having anything in it. He was perching upright on a piece of log and that's always a good sign! He's also pooping, which is even better! If we can get him hydrated and starting to take in some calories then he'll be on his way.

Pat (Courtenaybirder)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2011, 09:40:59 PM
Thank you for the update, Valleybirds.  Looks like there is some hope for him now.  We're so relieved that he's getting such good care, thanks to all the people at MARS!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 17, 2011, 10:08:35 PM
Thank you Valleybirds! We so appreciate the updates. :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 17, 2011, 11:53:07 PM
thanks for the updates .... I know he/she is in good hands!!!!! let's hope he keeps on improving!!!! I know Heliwell couldn't be in better hands.... Thank you MARS!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 18, 2011, 07:03:50 PM
Thanks so much for news of our newest rescued eaglet, halliwell!!!  He'll get the very best treatment at Mars, of that we can be sure!  Please keep us updated!  Thank You! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 18, 2011, 09:35:34 PM
http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289323703114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater   (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289323703114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater  )  Here is the link for the pics of Shredder Helliwell the day after he arrived. He was in terrible shape, but has apparently perked up enough to eat salmon on his own today! Here is a quote from Maj this afternoon "Alert, perky, perchy and feisty is how Judiete and Amy have described the emaciated Shredder Helliwell eaglet (aka Shredder, as he likes to shred his blankets)"  It sounds like he is progressing very quickly - he could barely hold his head up at first so it's amazing!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 18, 2011, 09:57:52 PM
http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289422593114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289422593114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)  Dawn sent a new photo of Shredder, taken today by volunteer Sandy Royer. He's still ragged, but definitely perkier!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on August 18, 2011, 09:59:30 PM

  "Shredder" !!!
 
 :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 18, 2011, 10:03:14 PM
Maybe we should be glad he wasn't perkier and try to shred his rescuers.  :mhihi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 18, 2011, 10:25:58 PM
 :eclove Shredder Skinny toes
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on August 18, 2011, 10:27:37 PM
http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289422593114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater  (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150289422593114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater) Dawn sent a new photo of Shredder, taken today by volunteer Sandy Royer. He's still ragged, but definitely perkier!

You can see Shredders shredded blanket in this one. :biggrin6 So glad he's feeling better, thanks to everyone that helped him get to MARS & all MARS staff for continuing his care. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 18, 2011, 10:35:38 PM
Yay Yay Yay HEART!

Mine is warm just thinking about Shredder.

:hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 19, 2011, 12:30:09 AM
He already is looking better.  Luv the name Shredder!  Fits very well!   :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 19, 2011, 08:32:28 AM
Hurray for the care and dedication of those at MARS who take such good care of these poor little critters who would have no other resource.  Now Shredder has a chance at Life!!!!  Thank You!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: blackster1 on August 19, 2011, 11:03:10 AM
Here are pictures from Mars of Shredder when he first arrived and after he has been hydrated and eaten a bit of of salmon and Joy's chicken smoothy.

(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/Shredderwhenhefirstarrivedatmars.jpg)



(http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd426/JudyMortvedtBlack/8182011Shredder.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 19, 2011, 01:33:28 PM
He does seem to have skinny toes.  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 19, 2011, 01:40:02 PM
Shredder is adorable . He must feel so much more comfortable with some nutrients and a nice bath. Thank you to Wren and all the others who are responsible for his/her care. ( gotta love that face  :ecsmile)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 19, 2011, 02:00:44 PM
His talons seem to be working fine!  Shredder!   :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 19, 2011, 02:18:23 PM
:eclove Shredder Skinny toes
Love it! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 20, 2011, 11:02:40 AM
I'm glad someone was able to post those photos properly - I just can't seem to figure it out! The second one is by a MARS volunteer - Sandy Royer. Those skinny toes may be because Shredder lost so much muscle mass that even his feet were affected. He was down to about 1/2 what he should have been, if you can believe it!

Here is the latest update from Reg, via Dawn (hopefully not too much information!):
 
“To avoid the shredding we are giving him a deer leg with most of the meat removed to give him something to do.
 
“He is now successfully eating solids and digesting it:  each portion takes about 1.5 hours to digest.
He is no longer showing any signs of dehydration.
He is “pink in the mouth,” so not showing further signs of anemia.
Waste products are normalized.
 
“His body condition score is 1: due to emaciation, he has catabolized his muscle mass,
so during his stay we will concentrate on providing a high protein diet to increase his muscle mass.
 
“Since admission, his body weight has increased by over 10%.
Prognosis: guarded but stable.
 
“Five years ago this bird would not have survived. With the use of modern nutri-ceuticals and a protocol created by AJ it’s now possible to rehab a bird in this advanced condition of emaciation.”
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on August 20, 2011, 11:06:05 AM
 :heart  :heart  :heart TY
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 20, 2011, 11:15:06 AM
Excellent update on Shredder, Valleybirds !  TY
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 20, 2011, 11:15:44 AM
Thank you Valleybirds!!

Thank you also AJL. And to think all, we have been under her tutelage too! I feel so privileged!! AJL, I just don't know what to say.... you are amazing! :bow We are so lucky/blessed.

Smootches to all my human friends and continued healing to Shredder!

Rajame
:hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 20, 2011, 11:41:30 AM
I am in awe and thankfulness.  AJL & MARS :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 20, 2011, 01:30:17 PM
Thank you, Valleybirds, for the information on Shredder - we are hungry for all info, there can never be too much!

Body condition score is 1 on a scale of what?  1-to-5  or 1-to10 or ?

What do you suppose the shredding means?


“Five years ago this bird would not have survived. With the use of modern nutri-ceuticals and a protocol created by AJ it’s now possible to rehab a bird in this advanced condition of emaciation.”

This is truly remarkable!   AJL is brilliant.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 20, 2011, 02:43:23 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for the updated information.  We're very happy to have it any time and as much as you want to tell us.  We share it with the people in the chat room, and they appreciate knowing about Shredder and any other birds/animals that are being cared for so well at MARS.

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 20, 2011, 07:16:54 PM
Hmmm - not sure how far the scale goes (have to ask Reg). But I'm gathering that Shredder was at the bottom! The shredding is probably due to stress and boredom in an enclosed space. Wildlife often develops 'coping' behaviour - unfortunately it's sometimes things like breaking their own feathers off. We had a Trumpeter swan that would shove all the blankets and pads into a ball. Made a real mess to clean, as there was nothing to absorb the droppings! We try to give them some kind of stimulation, but it's hard when they have to be confined in such a small space. Hopefully he can go to a flight cage before too long.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 20, 2011, 07:36:19 PM
thanks, Valley, for your reply. I suspected that 1 was at the bottom of the scale  :ecsad

I would think that Shredder, being so emaciated and sick, would not have had the energy to shred out of boredom after such a short time.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 20, 2011, 09:39:55 PM
He seems to have started it after a couple of days on the emaciation diet. By that time he probably felt so much better than he had been that it was a revelation! Typical kid - hard to keep them down!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 20, 2011, 09:45:33 PM
Ajl mentioned in the chat room that the blanket shredding might be from anxiety which he couldn't express in other ways.  She said that the deer leg is good for him to have, to help him with his stress.

MARS is a wonderful rehab facility!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 20, 2011, 09:52:08 PM
There you go! AJL has so many good answers!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: kac on August 22, 2011, 02:00:44 PM
So wonderful to read all of the updates on how Shredder is doing.  (Love that name!!)  Thank you Valley (Courtney) for posting them and letting all of us know. 

AJL you are incredible and never cease to amaze me.   :nod2

Maj and MARS you do such magnificent work...... saving lives..... every day (you too AJL).  There just aren't words enough to express our gratitude and appreciation.   :nope   :nod2   Thankful for all of you   :pray2

  :heart   :heart   :heart

Kaae & Aquarianboomer
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 22, 2011, 06:51:07 PM
Latest Shredder update...(thanks to Dawn)


“Shredder has moved to a larger outdoor enclosure - we are no longer providing external heat – he is supporting his body heat through his own metabolism.

He has gained more than 15% body mass in the past four days; we would like to see him put on 1.5 kg in a short period.

He currently shares a wall with other two juvey eagles; he can hear his neighbours but not see them.
We will soon be removing the divider wall and introducing him to the other eagles.

He will then start building his cardiovascular and he will be learning about “con-specific food competition”: competing with the other eagles for food; this will teach him to fend for himself in the wild, because in the future not everyday will there be a free lunch.

We have noticed that he has start-stop patterns (stress bars) in his feathers; an observation that indicates he didn’t have adequate nutrition through periods of time in his development."

We have some awesome video clip starring Shredder, using MARS’ new video camera, thanks to donations from Coastal Community Credit Union Coastal Spirit Funds, however, I am not there to upload it so Dawn will attempt it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 22, 2011, 07:10:23 PM
thanks for the update, Valley

It seems that there was some lack of food while Shredder was "growing up" on the nest. ?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 22, 2011, 09:50:46 PM
Yes, it sounds like there may have been some food issues at times, which affected feather growth - maybe muscles as well. That may have contributed to his grounding after fledge. But he sounds pretty feisty, now and we will do all we can to build him up!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on August 22, 2011, 11:54:14 PM
Thanks so much for the update on Shedder.... we sure love to hear them especially that he is improving!!!! Sure he has a ways to go but hopefully it is all up hill from now on!!! thanks again
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 23, 2011, 08:51:59 AM
Shredder does seem to be in better condition than Decker was so hopefully his recovery won't take too long.

I presume his current feathers will enable him to fly once he has his strength and health back.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Stokes on August 23, 2011, 09:52:27 AM
Great updates. Sending lots of healing energy to Shredder. Can't wait to see the video. Thank you to all who contribute.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 23, 2011, 01:30:30 PM
Luv to hear these reports about Shredder!  He's moving in the right direction, thanks to the wonderful care he's receiving at MARS!  :thumbup:

The description "feisty" is very encouraging.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 23, 2011, 04:00:46 PM
Here is a short video of Shredder, taken today by Amy. "http://www.facebook.com/v/2186621278687"  Julie-Lynn, our newest intern is giving him salmon in his new enclosure.

Reg says that the scale for body condition is from 1 - 5, with 5 being obese. He's hoping that Shredder will get to a 3 and be releasable. He seems to be improving rapidly, considering how sick he was less than a week ago.
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Post by: birdvoyer on August 23, 2011, 04:11:22 PM
Thank you so much for the video. It is wonderful to see Shredder able to self feed! Yay!!! :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 23, 2011, 04:12:22 PM
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/295807_10150293308303114_119843378113_7598353_4749861_n.jpg)

Everyone says Shredder has lots of personality - he appears to favour standing in his food dish when finished...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 23, 2011, 04:14:51 PM
Here is a short video of Shredder, taken today by Amy. "http://www.facebook.com/v/2186621278687"  Julie-Lynn, our newest intern is giving him salmon in his new enclosure.

Reg says that the scale for body condition is from 1 - 5, with 5 being obese. He's hoping that Shredder will get to a 3 and be releasable. He seems to be improving rapidly, considering how sick he was less than a week ago.

Excellent news about Shredder and love the picture and video :eclove but can't imagine what an obese eagle would look like :puzzled2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 23, 2011, 04:25:34 PM
Oh my, Mr (?) Personality!   :eclove

ccfan, remember Dad Hornby when he returned from the salmon runs last October?  I don't know if he would have been called "obese" but he sure was popping the buttons on his front.   :biggergrin2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 23, 2011, 04:31:11 PM
I wonder if those skinny toes will plump up a bit?  :eclol

Thanks for posting here, Valleybirds.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: blackster1 on August 23, 2011, 04:39:18 PM
video posted by Mars on fb today of Shredder taken by Amy and fed by Julie-Lynn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QVY27vSrgY
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on August 23, 2011, 05:09:34 PM
He has never had it so good - all to himself and gobbled up in no time!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 23, 2011, 05:35:18 PM
Shredder sure likes his food.  He won't want to leave this B & B ( and L & D, too.)!   :eclol


ETA:  the money raised by chatters and ONZ forum members will help buy him more yummy salmon.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Stokes on August 23, 2011, 10:41:19 PM
Loved seeing Shredder fly/hop down to get his salmon! Great job everyone!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on August 24, 2011, 07:43:11 AM
As TigerLady mentioned, we have a fundraiser this week to help MARS with Shredder's care, and also to adopt Oriole, the seal pup rescued on Hornby Island.  Details are here:  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=896.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=896.0)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on August 24, 2011, 08:17:57 AM
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/295807_10150293308303114_119843378113_7598353_4749861_n.jpg)

Everyone says Shredder has lots of personality - he appears to favour standing in his food dish when finished...

 :eccry Poor little soul.  In this photo he looks gaunt and fragile, and so very innocent. Imagine how it feels for him, after having nearly starved to death, to feel safe, warm and full.  Thank you MARS, for your tender loving care and for Shredder's second chance at life.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 24, 2011, 12:32:23 PM
Shredder has a way to go. He'll look gorgeous when recovered... now...... kinda pitiful, lol

Interesting that he didn't feel the need to mantle.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 24, 2011, 12:47:39 PM


ccfan, remember Dad Hornby when he returned from the salmon runs last October?  I don't know if he would have been called "obese" but he sure was popping the buttons on his front.   :biggergrin2

Ah, yes, Dad was pretty pudgy and Mom too, thank God.  It will be great when Shredder comes in to his own :heart poor little love.
Cc
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on August 24, 2011, 01:16:07 PM
Yes AJL,

There is a HUGE place in my heart for rehabbers and the many volunteers. There is a kind of loving that only you few know.

Hugs,
Rajame
:hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 24, 2011, 10:22:43 PM
He may need a molt to look really noble - but he'll hopefully be able to fly well enough. He doesn't need to mantle when there's no other eagles - he hasn't met his friends on the other side of the wall, yet. It'll come down when he's stronger and can hold his own...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 24, 2011, 10:49:05 PM
Yes, but it is still nice for him to be able to enjoy his food without having to defend it, for now.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 25, 2011, 07:12:43 PM
He's allowed to dine leisurely as he builds his strength...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on August 25, 2011, 09:45:52 PM
We now have another very weak and emaciated eagle, picked up from Sayward yesterday. Hopefully these two babies can grow strong together.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 26, 2011, 12:32:06 AM
Hopefully, the new eagle from Sayward will respond as well as Shredder is doing. MARS has just the right combination of caring and experienced people, know-how, ideas from our own Ajl, and lots of love and contributions from our Hornby friends.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on August 26, 2011, 04:10:22 PM
My herat breaks for each foundling and rejoices that they WERE found!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on August 26, 2011, 09:12:14 PM


Another video of Shredder!
Knitmaster posted the link on the chat... while I lurked...
I guess it must have been posted on facebook maybe?

You can see the threadlike tassels at the end of Shredder's secondaries on some of the close-ups.

Shredder is also learning to feed how an adult eagle often feeds: perched on a branch, out of reach of others who might want the same food.

Another thought: that's quite the honker our dear Shredder Helliwell has got... plus looong toes... Is Shredder a girl?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxf194dvmCo



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: blackster1 on August 26, 2011, 09:37:21 PM
It is so thrilling to see Shredder doing so well. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on August 26, 2011, 09:47:43 PM
Shredder is pretty comfy with humans. He was young when found & they treat him good. Don't think at his age he would imprint?

I don't know if he's a he or she? Sure is a handsome guy or gal tho. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 26, 2011, 10:00:27 PM
The tassels you refer to: are they the ends of the sheath?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on August 26, 2011, 10:22:37 PM
Shredder is pretty comfy with humans. He was young when found & they treat him good. Don't think at his age he would imprint?

If he had fledged or was ready to fledge when rescued, he knows he's an eagle.  So no danger of imprinting.  However, he could become habituated to humans and this would be dangerous for him.  Most people would not appreciate a bald eagle flying to them or running after them, in the eagle's pursuit of being fed.

MARS will "wild him up" when he's placed with other eagles.  MARS rehabbers will avoid eye contact or talking to him.  It's in his best interest, and his survival after release depends on his being a wild eagle who is not friendly with humans.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 26, 2011, 10:46:34 PM
Nice hook on that beak, as you pointed out, Wren. (pun intended)   :eclol

Shredder could be a she!  Interesting idea you raised!  eh?!   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on August 27, 2011, 02:38:45 PM
Thank you Beans for reminding us of the difference between imprinting and habituation.
You can see in the video that Reg is moving around with his head down, not making eye contact with Shredder. He's businesslike; he acts like he's just "the help;" he's not getting involved. That's the beginning of reclaiming Shredder's wildness. Reclaiming, because, as you may remember, Shredder was letting humans, and dogs, approach to within mere feet of him before his capture. It is not the care he received at MARS that made him tolerant of humans; hunger did that for him. As he gets stronger, his self-preservation instincts will kick in again.


EMC, the tassels I'm talking about are long, thread-like barbs at the very tip of some of an eaglet's feathers.

The feathers end in a point, and when the eaglet is still young, that point is very elongated. Later on the long threads wear off.

You can see tassels in a lot of our eaglet pictures, for example this one of Trimblet.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/5903819455_451054ff27_z.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/5903819455_c29e1f2bd6_o.jpg)

Click twice on the picture; you'll see the tassels on the proximal secondaries (the ones closest to her body). You can also see some shorter ones on her rump feathers, just above the tail coverts.

The ones visible in the video of Shredder are probably on the secondaries.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 27, 2011, 04:20:25 PM
Wren, I finally saw them on this picture! Thank you!  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mammyred2000 on August 29, 2011, 07:41:36 PM
So, are they kinda like the pin feathers on my parrot that have to be preened?  Looks like the same idea.  Thanks for your great description and your beautiful pictures.  As usual, you give a lesson worth learning.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on August 29, 2011, 09:47:55 PM
Mammyred, that's what I thought too.I used to have a macaw. This is different. Click the picture twice for enlargement.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 02, 2011, 08:45:13 AM
MARS has posted a new video of Shredder:

In this video Shredder is seen 'fleaping' about his enclosure at MARS, being caught and weighed by Reg and administered medication for internal parasites. He was found on August 17 in Helliwell Park on Hornby Island by members of HEART, the Hornby rescue team. He has made an amazing recovery so far, perking up within days and has become a favourite at MARS. For more Shredder videos, see our MARS birds channel on YouTube. website: www.wingtips.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-N2K5HwobI


Shredder is looking so much better thanks to the care he is receiving at MARS.  Be sure to listen to Reg's explanation of "stop-starts" on Shredder's feathers - an indication of poor nutrition.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on September 02, 2011, 10:13:04 AM

i wonder if the medication for internal parasites is given as a precaution, or were they detected in the poop?  :investigate2

(hi Nancy! welcome back!  :heart )

This is a foto i took of David from the back side of the Nest while he was preening.
Are the wing feather areas i marked with yellow arrows hunger striping, or start/stops?

july 29 2011 - David - hunger striping?


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6106177361_e654f6dba6_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6106177361_625f53e304_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on September 02, 2011, 10:22:45 AM

Here is another foto of David.
Are we seeing hunger stripes or warbles on his right wing primaries?
Click foto & click again to see it in its largest sized, & to see the feathers up close.

july 29 2011 09:02 - David on the wide angle cam - 186-281

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6104532747_2c00657cca_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6104532747_1eed22e196_o.jpg)

Are we seeing warbles or stop/starts in the feathers gathered over the left side of the tail in this foto of David?
Click foto & click again to see up close.

july 29 09:22 2011 - David on the wide angle camera - 186-306

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6061/6105165898_546a95e06a_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6061/6105165898_b21ecc2e66_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 02, 2011, 10:55:23 AM
Booni, ajl, maj or Reg would be best at telling us. I would just be guessing. Can you forward the pic on, or links , with the questions?

It would be wonderful to know what these experts say.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 02, 2011, 01:50:32 PM
They read in here emc, so they will see it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 02, 2011, 02:02:25 PM
 :mhihi. I forgot which topic I was in at the time.  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 02, 2011, 02:23:22 PM
I'll send an email to Maj to ask her to look at the latest pics - she may not have looked, lately...

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on September 02, 2011, 02:24:09 PM
A forum "guide" lost!?!?!  :eceek I forget where I am, too, sometimes emc.   :mhihi

Boonib, in your really close up photo, it almost looks like ripples in the feathers causing the light dark appearance. Is it more in the pigmentation then you think?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 02, 2011, 02:35:51 PM
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150301001953114.356083.119843378113&type=1 (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150301001953114.356083.119843378113&type=1)  Here's an album I started on FB for Shredder. He's looking quite handsome, now!

I also read some of the concerns about his calmness around humans. I did ask Reg about that and he said that, unless an eagle is raised from a baby, it's very rare for them to imprint on humans. When Shredder was rescued he was very sick and probably didn't have any energy or strength to get away - he seemed to have given up and may have welcomed being put in a warm, safe place. As you can see from the video he has become much more feisty, avoiding capture and trying to bite Reg. Normal eagle behaviour! He will actually associate humans with unpleasant experiences like that. When he is put with the two healthier eagles he should start to get wilder and he'll have less contact - when his weight is good he'll be left alone far more. The parasite medication isn't usually given again, either - that's just a standard thing to give, by the way, just in case, as it's common for eagles to have internal and external parasites. When the eagles aren't healthy they get out of control.

Hope this helps...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 02, 2011, 03:03:26 PM
Thank you for the links and information, Valleybirds.  We appreciate all of the wonderful care that Shredder and the other birds receive at MARS!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 02, 2011, 05:03:24 PM
Valleybirds,

We also appreciate how you keep us informed about Shredder's progress and how your posts explain things we can learn from. Thanks.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 02, 2011, 06:41:14 PM
For any Canadian followers - we are still trying to promote this cause. We have a new ambassador named Otus and he's a Western Screech owl who is unreleasable. Please help his friends!   http://fuellingchange.com/main/project/194/Community-driven-Conservation-of-Cavity-Nesting-Birds   And here's a bonus code that can be used by Labour day for 50 extra votes... 335-96b3jE!

Thanks!
Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 02, 2011, 07:02:16 PM
How do you use the 50 bonus points? I've used up my votes a while ago, how can i add that to get 50 more?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 02, 2011, 07:29:15 PM
Go to 'find a project' - there's a big red button that says 'redeem codes'. You'll have to sign in to enter the code, then you can use the votes wherever you like....
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 02, 2011, 07:52:23 PM
ok TY!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Stokes on September 03, 2011, 10:04:43 AM

Stunning footage of Shredder's care. What amazing sensitivity and gentle handling. I'm falling in love with this young eagle. Beautiful work MARS team!



MARS has posted a new video of Shredder:

In this video Shredder is seen 'fleaping' about his enclosure at MARS, being caught and weighed by Reg and administered medication for internal parasites. He was found on August 17 in Helliwell Park on Hornby Island by members of HEART, the Hornby rescue team. He has made an amazing recovery so far, perking up within days and has become a favourite at MARS. For more Shredder videos, see our MARS birds channel on YouTube. website: www.wingtips.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-N2K5HwobI


Shredder is looking so much better thanks to the care he is receiving at MARS.  Be sure to listen to Reg's explanation of "stop-starts" on Shredder's feathers - an indication of poor nutrition.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 03, 2011, 10:42:42 AM
Here is the latest video I put together - this is a Great Blue Heron rescued after being scooped up then dropped by an eagle... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHS61DmDBOc  Enjoy!

Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 03, 2011, 02:29:22 PM
Valleybirds, Reg is so good at working out what is needed for individual birds.  Thank you for sharing this video with us here...  It's very interesting to watch the process and the care used with each bird.   :heart

I have watched herons at my brother's place in Bellingham, WA, and they have always been so skittish.  Even movement inside the house makes them leave, so we have to stay still while watching them fish in the very large pond (3 1/2 acres) they come to in order to find food.  

Great Blue Herons are beautiful.  Anything that can be done to help them is worth the effort.    :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society the vocals
Post by: basenjimom on September 03, 2011, 05:16:08 PM
Interesting obs Tiger.  I too have seen how skittish they can be in our local wetlands project.  However, when on the "tourist path" in the Everglades, we caught one that didn't seem to mind us at all, about 6 feet from the boardwalk, standing quietly and fishing leisurely. 

What I'd never seen/heard was the distress/alert vocals and behaviors for GBH.  They seem to be very intimidating and potentially dangerous for rehabbers.  I don't want a poke in the face from one of them!!

Valley, ty for the post.  Do the lesser herons make the same sounds?  Egrets?  Amazing vid, BTW.  TY.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 03, 2011, 05:22:19 PM
Pat, thanks to you, Reg and the MARS team for these interesting, informational videos. The handling and care your patients receive is calm, competent and excellent.  What wonderful, skilled handling! :heart   
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 03, 2011, 06:37:38 PM
Thank you so much for allowing us to see this procedure, from capturing and treatment.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2011, 08:45:22 AM
Boonib, in your really close up photo, it almost looks like ripples in the feathers causing the light dark appearance. Is it more in the pigmentation then you think?

birdy, i am only learning here, so just wondering.
i see those ripples in the feathers, is that what Reg called *warbles*?
They would cause some of the light/dark, but i think it is the actual colouring of the feather, as well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 04, 2011, 10:10:40 AM
I saved a few frames from the last MARS  video of Shredder

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6086/6112642833_83d488800f_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6112642833/)
Shredder_from MARS video_3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6112642833/) by aurospio (http://www.flickr.com/people/25868727@N00/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6112631647_159115e897_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6112631647/)
Shredder_from MARS video_2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6112631647/) by aurospio (http://www.flickr.com/people/25868727@N00/), on Flickr



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on September 04, 2011, 10:30:41 AM
I have watched herons at my brother's place in Bellingham, WA, and they have always been so skittish.  Even movement inside the house makes them leave, so we have to stay still while watching them fish in the very large pond (3 1/2 acres) they come to in order to find food.  

At IBRRC, I learned that GBHs are very sensitive to sound and movement.  We put them in their own aviaries outside, with sheets on each side and in front, so they would not be frightened by other patients or humans.  The back side of their aviary faced our marsh, so they had a nice view.  We had to wear goggles when handling them.  Two volunteers handled one bird (very gently, of course).  We avoided eye contact as much as possible, so when handled, their heads were covered (and lightly controlled to keep them from using their fast, long beaks!).  It was a privilege to work with them.  And the best part was the release:  in our own back yard (Suisun Marsh).
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 04, 2011, 11:58:47 AM
When we were visiting my brother in Bellingham, WA one time, I drove up to the area close to the border with Canada, to see the wild birds that often are visible there.  It's a known birding location.

All of a sudden I saw a large, adult Great Blue Heron sitting in a small ditch/stream along the side of the road. I pulled the car across from where he sat and he didn't seem disturbed, which was a big surprise after watching other GBH.

He looked at the many cars going by and just stayed where he was, looking around. I guess he was so used to traffic, that it wasn't a problem. We watched for a few minutes and then had to move because the road was so busy. I wanted to stay there for much longer and unfortunately didn't have a camera with me in the car.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 14, 2011, 09:06:44 AM
(((Maj))) hope you're feeling better. :heart

This posted on MARS FB:
Windows - the invisible threat for birds
Across North America, millions upon millions of birds are killed by collisions with windows every year – a death rate equivalent to several hundred Exxon Valdez oil spills. In fact, more birds die from hitting windows than from colliding with power lines, communication towers, wind turbines or vehicles.

As they fly towards a window, birds behave as though the clear, reflective glass is invisible to them. They may be attempting to reach habitat and sky seen through the glass or mirrored in the glass surface. Either way, the result can be deadly: roughly one out of every two strikes ends in a fatality.

“Sadly, birds are vulnerable to window collisions under a variety of circumstances,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. They strike windows of all sizes, in all types of weather. There is no time of day or season of the year when birds are safe. Impacts occur during spring and fall migrations, as well as during the winter when resident birds are attracted to feeders in large numbers.

read more here ~~~> http://www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/the-invisible-threat.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 15, 2011, 07:44:07 PM
I asked about Shredder on MARS' Facebook page, and the reply was that he is doing great!!   These two new pictures were just posted.  Thank you, Pat and Maj!

Shredder, September 9

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6151411595_9d7baa3968_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6151411595/)\

Shredder, Sep 15.  the accompanying note from MARS reads:
Shredder is in the middle, between his new friends. He's still trying to work out the pecking order...


(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6154/6151959718_df443c2314_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6151959718/)

He looks WONDERFUL!

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 15, 2011, 08:12:24 PM
Nancy, Shredder looks very good!  I hope he's enjoying the company of his new friends.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 15, 2011, 09:09:30 PM
He looks so good! And has some companions now too.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 15, 2011, 09:11:34 PM
Melts my heart, he & his buddies look great. TY MARS! :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on September 15, 2011, 09:19:54 PM
I noticed the band on Shredders leg is that to ID him?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on September 15, 2011, 10:11:11 PM

i believe MARS puts temporary leg bands on their birds so that they can identify them.
The bands are removed pre-release.

i see Shredder still has his skinny toes!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on September 17, 2011, 06:46:19 PM
Hi all - Thanks for your warm wishes for recovery - this stuff has taken a lot out of me but my DR. Thinks I'll be back soon.  I'm putting in partial days now and even went to the REXSPO event at the base today with Dandy and "Otus".  Reg and Jenn were at the Black Creek Fall Fair with "Scarlett and Horus"  That winds up our busy event season.  Now we get into winter mode and more planning , meetings, etc.  The birds in the flight are doing well - eating lots and were all treated for parasites - their second dose.  Our interns are leaving us or have already fledged.  Keep up with Facebook for the latest news - thanks to Pat for her contributions there, she's done a great job.More soon...maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 22, 2011, 06:56:15 AM
More on Shredder...he's doing well and has four other juvies for company these days. It looks like we may have a busy fall and winter again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZO6S4SnkNs
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 22, 2011, 07:10:12 AM
Shredder does have a blue band on his leg for ID - we have so many that we have to make sure we can tell them apart. Don't want to return them to the wrong area, for one thing! It's just tape, folded and fastened...

Shredder has settled down, apparently, and has figured out where he belongs in the 'flock' - it was interesting to see the interactions, though.

The heron is perching and using his foot properly, now. Reg is very happy about that! He is only approached to feed (and sometimes to get a quick pic) and is growing strong and tall. I've also seen wild ones that don't seem as skittish as others - perhaps wildlife have personalities, too, and some can adjust to noise, etc, better than others. This heron is more skittish and aggressive than some of the others we've cared for...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on September 22, 2011, 07:39:29 AM
Thanks so much for the fabulous video and update on Shredder. (I am fumbling for a tissue) He looks so much healthier than when he came in. How fortunate to have the MARS facility nearby. And what talented, knowledgeable people there. Reg did an amazing job on the slint for the heron.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 22, 2011, 09:20:04 AM
Nice video on Shredder's time since he arrived at MARS. Thanks.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 22, 2011, 10:28:53 AM
Excellent video about Shredder - thank you! So, he gained 3 kg his first week ...those salmon smoothies must have MiracleGro for eagles in them! Many thanks to everyone at MARS for the excellent care - and to Reg for the "lessons" in the video.

Will all of these eaglets be kept over the winter, as Decker was?  Will some go to NIWRA?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on September 22, 2011, 01:34:00 PM
Well put together video of Shredder. Thank you for the video journey.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 22, 2011, 03:54:07 PM
Thank-you Valley/Court. Really enjoyed the video. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on September 22, 2011, 04:38:29 PM
Court, that is a fabulous video - you're doing wonderful work!

Thanks  Reg, for taking the time to show us Shredder's condition and the stages of his recovery -- amazing, rapid turn around.  And thanks to Shredder, for being a good boy, and for demonstrating that MARS' attention to detail makes all the difference in the world.   :eclove 

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on September 22, 2011, 05:33:38 PM
Reg is wonderful...I love the way he shhhhh, shhh, shhhes to Shredder and it never occurred to me that eagle's upper and lower beaks would click together as they ate...always something new to learn.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 22, 2011, 05:59:03 PM
Wonderful video!  Thank you for sharing it with us.  It's so nice to see the wonderful care Shredder is getting and the progress he's made, at MARS.  So much love and skill goes into making these bald eagles do so well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 22, 2011, 06:58:30 PM
Reg is wonderful...I love the way he shhhhh, shhh, shhhes to Shredder and it never occurred to me that eagle's upper and lower beaks would click together as they ate...always something new to learn.

Noticed the clicking too, thought that was neat, have never heard that.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on September 22, 2011, 08:06:24 PM
I always enjoy seeing the good work that Mars does at their facility.  Thank you.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on September 22, 2011, 09:24:15 PM
 :eclol I thought Shredder sounded like his dentures were loose!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 23, 2011, 07:01:42 AM
I'm glad everyone is enjoying the video! That new camera is definitely an asset - Judiete did a wonderful job as the videographer!

Nancy, I'm not sure where the eagles will go for 'flight training'. NIWR may be full - Maj mentioned OWL, in Delta. Hopefully they will just need a couple of months, not like Decker who needed to molt before being released.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on September 23, 2011, 08:34:15 AM
The video of Shredder is wonderful. I also love the way Reg handles him... so caring and gentle. It is so good to see him growing and
doing so well. Reg thanks for explaining everything to us... so appreciate it.  Also Ajl for those wonderful smoothies..looks like they sure are doing the job.  :biggrin6   Great job everyone at MARS!!!
 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 26, 2011, 11:43:36 AM
Shredder and the other four juvenile eagles will be transported to OWL, in Delta, to improve their flight skills in the larger pen there. The weather is not cooperating right now, so we're not sure when that will happen...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on September 26, 2011, 12:21:58 PM
TY Valley. Will they be flown or transported via BC ferries?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on September 26, 2011, 02:47:30 PM
I'm not sure, Pass - I think that's something that Maj will be working out, since there's 5 of them they won't all fit in Ron's helicopter at the same time!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on September 29, 2011, 01:17:43 AM
In reply to one of Reg's remarks in the (wonderful) video: Shredder, as far as I know, did not have siblings. His home was nest 22 in Helliwell Park. So when he moved  with the other two eaglets in the flight cage, this was his first time interacting with eagles other than his parents. That was so interesting to watch!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: jeavverhey on September 29, 2011, 02:22:50 AM
Thank you to all concerned.  You have reminded me to send another cheque to MARS.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2011, 05:59:31 AM
Post on MARS'  Facebook page last night:

Shredder and his four friends are being driven by Jenn to O.W.L., in Delta for a few weeks of flight strengthening. Hopefully they'll all be able to fly free soon!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 01, 2011, 05:09:13 PM
Many people have asked about the Bownet that was purchased by HEGS and HEART so I'm happy to announce that it is featured in a new video on MARS' YouTube site. This is the link to Shredder's Revenge - An Eaglet's Dream.... http://youtu.be/K1Q3qo4XfvY (http://youtu.be/K1Q3qo4XfvY)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 01, 2011, 05:12:49 PM
TY Valley here's the video. Funny Reg. :mhihi
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Q3qo4XfvY
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 01, 2011, 05:13:49 PM
Thanks, Pass - couldn't get it to work today!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 01, 2011, 05:47:51 PM
Well done!  Fun to think what Shredder might like to do. :mhihi

Great to see the net in action.! My idea of it was completely wrong!  But love this one better than my imaginated one. Lol. I couldn't figure it out from previous pictures.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 01, 2011, 05:50:59 PM
Fun video and the bownet looks great!   :thumbup:

Reg is a good sport...and Shredder is...well... Shredder!  :eclol   He looks so healthy now.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 01, 2011, 06:31:32 PM
OH, Great video!  :thumbup:

But the thanks go to Mishi and the Chatters, not HEG
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on October 02, 2011, 10:00:19 AM

What a HOOT!!!
That movie is FANTASTICO!!!!!
Thanks for showing us how the Bow Net works.
That Shredder sure has it in for Reg!
Look out Reg!
Way to go Mishi & the chatters!!
May MARS never need the Net.
But there it is, ready to go, when they do.
i guess Shredder will be the one operating the remote switch, since he has so much experience?  :mhihi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on October 05, 2011, 11:56:01 AM
I found this video on  You tube  . I feel it belongs on this Thread . Its truly an inspiring  clip. Enjoy everyone .This video was made in 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDZfv9qjxnQ
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 05, 2011, 12:02:45 PM
It's a must see, TY Sparky. Aug 2009.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ivani on October 05, 2011, 02:41:54 PM
Wonderful. Thank you for showing. I will post FB for my friends in Brazil.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on October 05, 2011, 02:56:14 PM
Booni, after watching the video Sparkie posted it makes it MUCH clearer why the bownet is necessary.  Poor Reg chasing that eagle with what appears to be a fishing net.  Stress to the eagle and Reg. 

TY Sparkie for the video, and thank you all who donated for the H.E.A.R.T. first responder kit and bownet.  ♥ 

(I'm trying to get away without my extra "Love shout-out", but I cant seem to do it!!! For those that know me..  :heart :heart :heart NORM :heart :heart :heart  in the Sparkie vid. posted)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 05, 2011, 06:58:27 PM
I love the videos made for and about MARS!

The first post in this topic  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg9565#msg9565 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=248.msg9565#msg9565) has that video plus one other, done by a MARS' intern in 2009 (pictures of the animals in care - no people).  That post also has a picture of the MARS compound - showing all the various buildings on their campus.

MARS also has a YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/MARSbirds (http://www.youtube.com/user/MARSbirds) with 41 videos (some are of Hornby, tho)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 05, 2011, 09:11:42 PM
Thank you for all your great postings, lately, with MARS news that I thought was 'old', but obviously can have a new lease on life! What else can we do to keep everyone informed and amazed? Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Thanks, Pat :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 05, 2011, 09:26:30 PM
 :igetit   How about more little video demos by  Maj or Reg ... teach us about your animals and your work.

and ... do you know how long Shredder might be at O.W.L.?  How is he doing?  I bet Reg misses him!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on October 05, 2011, 09:46:37 PM
More on Shredder...he's doing well and has four other juvies for company these days. It looks like we may have a busy fall and winter again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZO6S4SnkNs


Thank you so much for this video (and the others and updates as well), Valleybirds.

I am speechless.
You are angels, MARS folks.  :heart

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on October 05, 2011, 09:53:01 PM
Thanks for the great videos...love seeing how MARS works and it is so inspiring. Thanks MARS for the awesome job you all do. Well Reg I guess you are safe from Shredder and the bownet for a little while  :biggrin6, good job as he has learned to use it well!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 05, 2011, 10:00:05 PM
Excellent video from 2009, showing the work done at MARS, posted on their Facebook page:

"The Second Chance"

Rescue, Rehab, Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDZfv9qjxnQ
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 11, 2011, 07:29:23 PM
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2338387912758 (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2338387912758)

It turns out that Shredder is probably a small female, based on the beak measurements taken on Sept 30...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on October 11, 2011, 10:48:21 PM
Thanks for the video of Shredder (Shredderella? Shredderetta?),  Valleybirds.  :ecsmile

So happy that s/he and the other eaglets are making progress.  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 22, 2011, 09:36:14 AM
A new video from MARS of Reg examining, rehydrating, and burping a seal pup rescued from a beach near MARS.  More explanation is on the video itself ...thanks, Pat!

(warning:  some people did not like watching the seal being tubed and rehydrated, but Reg is masterful and the discomfort was quickly over.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcfVqLWskFw
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 22, 2011, 09:55:06 AM
Reg is certainly masterful with all of the species we've seen. It is a joy to watch him care for the animals. Love his explanations also.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 22, 2011, 11:36:23 AM
It's always hard to see an animal struggling when we are tubing them. But it's a necessary step in their recovery since most of the animals we get are suffering from dehydration that could kill them before we can treat any other issues they have. Most of the time, the struggle is due to the handling, rather that the discomfort of the procedure - wild animals really don't want human contact. This is normal and I post these videos to try to show the level of expertise involved in caring for them and just how skillfully wildlife rehabilitators like Reg are. I think he's amazing with all of our patients! I also think it's good to see that we're acting professionally and safely when we work with wildlife, as are the other rehab centers that I often show.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 22, 2011, 11:39:46 AM
A follow up to the seal pup... I just received an email from the Marine Mammal Rescue center and they have named the little fellow 'Snap Pea' and he is being treated for lungworm and wounds to his face. He is doing well so far and is still getting fluids, but is eating fish on his own. Good progress!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 22, 2011, 11:40:55 AM
Thank you Valleybirds! We appreciate your work and the work at MARS.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 22, 2011, 11:57:26 AM
Thank you, Valleybirds- these videos are an excellent way to demonstrate the expertise and skill with which MARS does their work.  Many thanks to Reg for being willing to teach us in this way, and to you for providing the video.

Does the facility where Snap Pea is being treated do a lot of rehab work?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 22, 2011, 01:08:17 PM
Snap Pea is at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, near downtown Vancouver. They treat about 150 seal pups per year and are the main rehab center for marine mammals in BC. I did a video and posted some pictures on MARS' FB page in August and that gives a bit of an overview of what they do. They were also responsible for caring for the injured California sea lion that was on the news. They do great work!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 22, 2011, 01:35:48 PM
In the video of this latest seal, after the rehydration, the pup was facing Reg's legs. He looked like he was considering biting him, but then didn't.  :eclol. Good little seal, no biting the hand ( or leg ) that helps you.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 22, 2011, 05:05:55 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for the video that shows Reg skillfully treating the seal pup.  It's helpful to know about the detailed procedures that are used to ensure that the animals and birds are stabilized before they receive the rest of the treatment they need.   :nod2

I appreciate being included in learning about what a rehabber does and how much skill and knowledge it takes to have good outcomes.  The more we and others are able to understand, the better it will be for wildlife.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 23, 2011, 09:34:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk6OJKTUiZY  

Here's another video that may make you mad. At least, I hope so!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 23, 2011, 09:44:33 PM
Oh how awful!! And now a life of captivity. :(. Hope you can find a place for him. There is another crow at one of the facilities listed here.

Nope, its a raven at Cascades Raptor Center. Wonder if they could take the crow?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 24, 2011, 06:00:31 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, EMC. It's pretty involved trying to get a wild bird from one country to another - there's a facility here that we should be able to send him to, fortunately.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on October 24, 2011, 07:20:22 AM
thanks, Valley ....  :ecsad
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 24, 2011, 07:49:50 AM
I suggested to Maj that I would make a great Crow mom :mhihi unfortunately that isn't allowed. Bummer, tried.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 24, 2011, 09:04:39 AM
Yes, you have to have permits to keep wildlife. Nice try and thought, though!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on October 25, 2011, 08:45:40 AM
Happy Birthday Reg . I hope you have a wonderful day. :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on October 25, 2011, 08:52:05 AM










                             HAPPY BIRTHDAY REG!!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY AND CELEBRATE SOME MORE!!!!

                             



   



         
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on October 25, 2011, 08:53:00 AM
Yes, you have to have permits to keep wildlife. Nice try and thought, though!

Where would one apply for a wildlife permit?

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 25, 2011, 09:28:38 AM
I found this passerine.  :ecsmile

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/pasb/applications/process/wildlife.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on October 25, 2011, 11:29:53 AM
Passerine, you would make an awesome "foster" parent!  :eclove Go for it!!!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 27, 2011, 07:10:32 PM
Preparing for Shredder's Release

Shredder Helliwell will be coming back from Delta O.W.L. for release in the near future and we hope to share it with as many people as possible. She is a great example of how concerned people - the HEG and HEART can come together to save a life. She would not have lasted much longer in the shape she was in and the timely rescue means that she's now got the chance to become a beautiful adult eagle.

(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/390976_10150374001458114_119843378113_8094749_740946325_n.jpg) (http://)

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301283_10150318560383114_119843378113_7789828_388011983_n.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 27, 2011, 07:49:11 PM
Thank you, Valleybirds. That's excellent news!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on October 27, 2011, 07:57:46 PM
It looks like those skinny talons have plumped up a bit too!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 27, 2011, 08:30:42 PM
Good observation Blue.

 Another success story for HEART and team. ( MARS and Delta OWL)  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on October 27, 2011, 10:50:44 PM
She does seem to have big feet!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on October 28, 2011, 07:16:29 AM
I see a band on the left leg, will that stay on?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on October 28, 2011, 07:35:43 AM
No, Dawn, the band won't stay on - it's just for ID since we had five eagles to keep track of. We don't band eagles in BC to track them, but we had a Sandhill Crane that did get banded went we sent it to Vancouver.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on October 28, 2011, 07:58:42 AM
Shredder is beautiful! I cannot wait to hear about the release.

Thank you Valleybirds. :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on October 28, 2011, 08:27:59 AM
Great news Valleybirds..... shredder looks wonderful!!!! I will be looking forward to video of her release!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 28, 2011, 10:58:59 AM
I am trilled that Shredder can be released so soon. She was in such desperate shape when rescued. So glad she was able to reccoperate so fast with her expert care.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on October 31, 2011, 05:58:49 PM
Posted by MARS (Wildlife Rescue Tribute To Growls (Norm Snider)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAz96ZpCSdc

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on October 31, 2011, 06:44:10 PM
What a wonderful tribute. The number of flights and rescues are impressive! Thank you Norm.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on October 31, 2011, 07:49:23 PM
Yay Norm! Great to see him honored in such a way.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 31, 2011, 11:22:43 PM
What a lovely tribute to Norm Snihur and his many generous and successful efforts to help rescue wildlife!  :eclove  He donates his time, helicopter, gas and other expense to carry out the rescues. I'm so glad to see that he received this special recognition!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 01, 2011, 08:10:54 AM
Posted by MARS (Wildlife Rescue Tribute To Growls (Norm Snider)

GROWLS is  the Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society -  an active group on Gabriola Island ~ a bit larger and "older" than H.E.A.R.T./HEGPS.  Norm transports a lot of rescues for them.

They have a lovely website that explains their mission  http://www.growls.ca/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 03, 2011, 08:32:49 AM
Latest MARS news...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySgLZIQxnqw

MARS is fairly quiet at this time, but we've had some interesting patients recently. One was a young Sandhill crane which was found in a field with some domestic ducks after apparently losing his migrating flock. He was captured using the Bownet and kept temporarily, until he could be sent to join some other Sandhills. Excuse the blurry pictures, but he was very lonely and spent his time pacing and looking at himself in a mirror. At the moment we have two sparrows that were brought in after cat attacks, a Fox sparrow and a Golden Crown sparrow, a juvenile Western gull, a Harlequin duck and the mistreated crow. http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/cranes.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 03, 2011, 09:30:41 AM
Thank you, Valleybirds  (and Reg and MARS) for the news and video.

The bownet is certainly proving very useful! It must be far less stressful for both the rescuer and the rescuee to have that available.

I heard that a duck had been rescued by Maj - what was the  problem?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 03, 2011, 11:35:41 AM
So glad to hear that the bownet was able to capture the Sandhill Crane. :eclove

 You mentioned it joining two others. Will it or they be released?

Have there been other rescues using the bownet already?  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 03, 2011, 06:27:31 PM
The bownet hasn't been used for anything else, yet, as we haven't had any other large birds besides the crane, but Maj thinks it works great! The Sandhill crane has actually been released - Reifel Bird Sanctuary has no cages, it's an open refuge for wildlife, with a large population of indigenous birds and a varying one of migratory species. If he chooses, the juvenile crane can migrate with the others when they leave. There are two cranes that have made it their permanent home and their story is on this link...
http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/cranes.html (http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/cranes.html)

The duck is a Harlequin and I'm checking on what is wrong with it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 03, 2011, 06:35:31 PM
Shredder's Release is next week!

I've created an event on MARS' FB page for Shredder's release, along with the other four juvenile eagles. We'll be bringing them all back early next week and will release them as soon as possible after that, probably in two or three groups. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242450785812732 (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242450785812732)

We need to take the weather into account, aiming for a few good days and they will be released near local salmon spawning rivers so that they will have a supply of food until they learn to hunt for themselves.

I'm also making an appeal to our generous Hornby supporters because, as year end approaches, due to the heavy patient load we have had this year, our operating funds are running low. We would appreciate donations from any individual or organizations that can help.

I people are donating through Canada Helps on our website, please use the General fund, not the Friends of Mars - that one is for a different purpose...thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 03, 2011, 09:00:28 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for your report on Shredder.  That's such good news.   :thumbup:

Some of us donated to MARS today and I'm sure more will as they find out there is an urgent need.  MARS is part of our Hornby Eagle community!!!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 03, 2011, 09:18:10 PM
Thank you so much - what would we do without you?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 03, 2011, 09:45:51 PM
 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on November 04, 2011, 10:11:53 AM

i would be more than HAPPY to see my fotos used to raise money for MARS!!
i will gladly donate my foto files if someone wanted to make a calendar? prints? whatever.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 04, 2011, 10:24:59 AM
What an extremely generous offer! We love ya booni.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 04, 2011, 10:35:46 AM
You're so wonderful, Booni! I'll let Maj know...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 04, 2011, 01:44:16 PM
A calendar is a great idea, Booni.  You are very generous is sharing your beautiful photos!

That takes time, so I hope our friends will send donations to MARS right away!  Some of us have done that already and it's easy.

Here's a link to donate to MARS:

http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 04, 2011, 01:55:45 PM
Thanks to everyone for their generous support so far! Please make sure, if you use Canada Helps, that you put it to the General Fund...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on November 05, 2011, 04:08:24 PM
Thanks Booni and everyone for their help and offers to help MARS.  We plan to release 5 eagles on Monday Nov 7th Shredder first at Little Qualicum, 2 more including Bridge at Comox Band on the Dyke Rd and 2 at Oyster River. 

Pleaswe Note: We are limited by the number of people who can attend according to our permits so please let me know via email info@wingtips.org if you wish to be at one of the releases.

All the eagles are now banded and we are trying to fine tuen the efforts to coordinate this mass release.

We have never released 5 eagles before on the same day!!!

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on November 05, 2011, 05:00:56 PM
Maj,

Does this mean that these five eagles are now permanently banded?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 05, 2011, 06:40:24 PM
Dawn has been hard at work: Shredder gear:  :clap www.cafepress.ca/marscomoxvalley
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 05, 2011, 07:25:25 PM
Yes, the eagles have been banded by a researcher, which we've never been involved with before. I'll get more details from Maj as soon as I can.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 06, 2011, 09:07:10 AM
Shredder gear, Magnets & Notecards have been added to merchandise. Is there anything you want that isn't there? Dawn said she can add it.  www.cafepress.ca/MARSComoxValley :biggergrin2 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 06, 2011, 10:23:30 AM
Excellent, Sahara!

That design is so cute "The Hornby Eaglet that could"  ~  love it!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on November 06, 2011, 10:54:25 AM
(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Red-Shouldered-Hawk-and-Eyass-chick-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjg2/$(KGrHqMOKiME6YN!u4t6BOtKPszUQw~~60_12.JPG)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300619547370?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2648

•   Cawatcher (aka Stacey Hebrard) has listed an auction on eBay for one of her gorgeous wildlife photos printed on canvas. ALL proceeds from the winning bid will be donated to MARS, in hopes to help them continue to fund their rehabbing and rescue of wildlife. MARS is greatly in need of donations as they are dangerously low financially at this time. What a better way to help them and own one of Cawatcher's beautiful prints!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 06, 2011, 01:02:44 PM
Monday's Wild and Crazy Eagle Release!

Shredder will be released first around 2 pm, in the Qualicum area. The others will be released within the next couple of hours, as Jenn drives up to the other sites - Dyke Rd, and Oyster River. (To attend any of the releases, please email info@wingtips.org and mark as high importance with capital letters EAGLE RELEASE in the subject. We have a restriction for public viewing due to our permit.) There will be news coverage at the Comox release, but I will be filming and taking pictures of Shredder, then as much of the others as I can manage. Whew!

We apologize for all the last minute arrangements, but we're trying to reduce stress on the birds by releasing them as quickly as possible after the one capture on Monday.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2011, 01:19:56 PM
Shredder gear, Magnets & Notecards have been added to merchandise. Is there anything you want that isn't there? Dawn said she can add it.  www.cafepress.ca/MARSComoxValley :biggergrin2 

How about adding "Prints?"  When I looked, they weren't available.  I didn't check to see if the Totebag was listed, either. 

Thank you, Dawn!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 06, 2011, 01:39:28 PM
I emailed Dawn about prints.

And there is a tote bag, shopping bag & a couple of other bags with Shredder design.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: jeavverhey on November 06, 2011, 01:49:43 PM
i would be more than HAPPY to see my fotos used to raise money for MARS!!
i will gladly donate my foto files if someone wanted to make a calendar? prints? whatever.

Let me be the first to order the calendar - (((Booni))) how generous of you.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2011, 01:51:47 PM
Thank you, Sahara!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on November 06, 2011, 01:53:19 PM
What is the Link to the Ebay ???  Thanks so much Stacey for your enerous donation - it is BEAU-TI-FUL!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 06, 2011, 01:55:23 PM
"Shopping for Shredder"   :ecwink

Nice ideas for Christmas gifts, too!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 06, 2011, 01:56:18 PM
Majee, here's the link to the eBay auction:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300619547370?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2648 

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on November 06, 2011, 02:19:08 PM
Dare I suggest a wrist cuff, embossed/engraved with Ms Shredder's identification/banding numbers as an additional fund raiser project?  I would love to wear a pseudo eagle band around my wrist every day as my personal reminder of our collective efforts for MARS and all wildlife.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 06, 2011, 02:45:29 PM
We're not sure about a calendar at this point, as so many charities in the area do them. We'll keep you posted on it, though! It's pretty hectic right now with the releases and planning!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on November 06, 2011, 03:29:30 PM
Dare I suggest a wrist cuff, embossed/engraved with Ms Shredder's identification/banding numbers as an additional fund raiser project?  I would love to wear a pseudo eagle band around my wrist every day as my personal reminder of our collective efforts for MARS and all wildlife.

Basenji what a great idea!   :heart 

(The bonus is, if you're found grounded you can go to MARS and enjoy some salmon smoothies!)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 07, 2011, 06:45:16 AM
I love that idea, Basenji! We'll have to do some brainstorming on it!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 07, 2011, 06:48:35 AM
Today is release day for Shredder and his friends!

So far, it's not too cold, no wind and just overcast...let's hope the rain that is predicted holds off! We all so excited to be able to watch five eagles fly free in one day and I'll be sure to share it with you as soon as I can!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: idahowa on November 07, 2011, 07:10:03 AM
Dare I suggest a wrist cuff, embossed/engraved with Ms Shredder's identification/banding numbers as an additional fund raiser project?  I would love to wear a pseudo eagle band around my wrist every day as my personal reminder of our collective efforts for MARS and all wildlife.
Keep me in the loop in case I can help. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 07, 2011, 09:56:29 AM
An exciting day!  Can't wait to see photos/videos here!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on November 07, 2011, 02:02:34 PM
 
Basenji what a great idea!   :heart 

(The bonus is, if you're found grounded you can go to MARS and enjoy some salmon smoothies!) 


LOLOL AJL!!  Don't tell Ostrich... he might self band and throw himself from Maj's trees just for some of the special salmon smoothie!! 

(OMG..what a video I have running in my mind of Reg re-enacting that on film for us!! :eclol  Banded, ooops fledge, again bow netted, and intubated!!  Poor Reg!!)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 07, 2011, 02:27:47 PM
If everything went according to plan, Shredder should be flying free now!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on November 07, 2011, 02:53:40 PM
:heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on November 07, 2011, 03:21:50 PM
Lol Basenji-maybe Ostrich should be careful what he wishes for... :ecwink

Fly free Shredder and friends. Here's hoping for a long and healthy life for all of them. :pray
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 07, 2011, 03:34:48 PM
Shredder flew nicely - on schedule.  :eclove She didn't linger around - took off and was escorted along the river by some gulls.  We think we saw her later - flying over, and then perched!  Video is 50% processed.   :biggrin6

ETA - Later - Here is the video.  I am sure there will be a few more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pcvOBOfJMo
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on November 07, 2011, 04:42:23 PM
Awesome! :biggrin6 :eccry :heart
Thank you for the video, Madrona.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 07, 2011, 04:59:25 PM
Lots of salmon in the river.  Shredder will not go hungry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npaRHHKWwV8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr6Gsvz0JTY
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 07, 2011, 05:07:54 PM
Fantastic to see her so eager to fly off and so well. We saw lots of Salmon in the river at the beginning of the first video. Great place for her :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 07, 2011, 05:24:29 PM
Madrona, thank you for posting the videos here.  They are wonderful.  Reg did a very nice job and Shredder sure took off fast!   :thumbup:  What a lovely day for the eagles to be released.

I'm interested in seeing how the salmon can swim and spawn in such shallow water.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 07, 2011, 06:01:15 PM
Good videos Madrona! :ecsmile It was a lovely release Shredder followed the river upstream with her Seagull escorts. Mr Sahara thought he seen her perched, then there was an immature that flew over following a Bald, then another. As we gathered back where we had parked an immature flew right over us close enough that the leaves fell from the trees. (Prior) After Jenn had met us & we transferred Shredder to the MARS truck Mishi drove Shredder down to the parking area, where then Reg & Mr Mad carried him to the release spot. He came out of the carrier strong, determined & ready to be a free healthy eagle soaring in the winds. :heart

Tiger the fish come up stream in the deeper water & go close to shore & the shallows to dig a hole to plant their eggs, then the male swims over them & fertilizes.

CHEK news was there & Reg gave an interview before Shredder arrived, then came back when Shredder arrived & we went back down to river. Thank-you Jenn, she left with 4 more eagles on board to go to their release spots. Shredder will not have to worry about a meal for at least 3 weeks, then more fish & different species will make the trek up river. These fish are the Chum Salmon, they have had long & arduous journey to complete their mission of providing more fish in the years to come.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 07, 2011, 06:44:05 PM
Salmon go to the shallow edges to spawn. The eggs can then settle in between the rocks and have a chance to grow.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on November 07, 2011, 07:20:44 PM
Congratulations on Shredder...she was surely eager to go...and what a wonderful treat for Mishi :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 07, 2011, 07:52:00 PM
TY Passerine and Emc for explaining about the fish spawning in the shallow water.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on November 07, 2011, 09:33:27 PM
Fantastic videos.... Wonderful to see Shreddar back where she belongs!!!! Thanks Madrona
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: jeavverhey on November 08, 2011, 05:59:16 AM
We're not sure about a calendar at this point, as so many charities in the area do them. We'll keep you posted on it, though! It's pretty hectic right now with the releases and planning!
Failing a calendar, how would get well or assorted greeting cards go over?  Another thought is placemats - laminated enlargements.  I love booni's photos - and I am sure most others would as well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 08, 2011, 06:56:07 AM
Unfortunately the CHEK News camera malfunctioned and there won't be an interview with Reg or any footage from either release they attended. But we have lots more, along with some great photos taken by many cameras. I'll be trying to compile them in to a video soon, but will just share clips and photos as they come available, for now. I also have to find the ANews release - saw it on tv, but can't find it on the internet, yet. Madronna, you took great videos! Thanks for sharing them!...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2011, 07:18:55 AM
snip
I'm interested in seeing how the salmon can swim and spawn in such shallow water.

previous-Tiger the fish come up stream in the deeper water & go close to shore & the shallows to dig a hole to plant their eggs, then the male swims over them & fertilizes.
 
Tiger I wanted to add that the urge to return to where they are hatched is so strong that if the water was to shallow to swim in or there was a waterfall or any other obstacle the salmon would keep trying to get there until they did or they would die trying.

That's a shame CHEKs camera malfunctioned I bet he's frustrated about it too. Hopefully "A" channel will have it posted soon on their site. I guess it was CHEK at Shredder release?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2011, 10:41:39 AM
Here is the CTV news report of the releases, and interview with Maj.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TRSZiR1aAQ
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2011, 10:52:52 AM
Here are a few pics from the Shredder release - sorry some are blurry - screencaps from videos

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredderrelease-MishiandRegprepare3.jpg)
Mishi and Reg just before the release

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredderrelease-redshoes1.jpg)
Comparing videos and pics after release

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Autumntrail-Shredderrelease.jpg)
Moss-covered branch among the fallen leaves by the trail.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 08, 2011, 10:56:53 AM
Oh Mad, you took a picture of that beautiful branch you saw!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2011, 11:19:12 AM
Below is a blurry sequence of Shredder's flight.   :eclove

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder1.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder2.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder4.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder5.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Shredder6.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 08, 2011, 11:28:09 AM
WOW WOW WOW   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2011, 11:41:01 AM
What a wonderful and exciting day!  Maj and Reg, you did a great job speaking!   :thumbup:

The photos and videos taken by our friends are very much appreciated by all of us who couldn't be there with you for the releases!  Thank you!

 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 08, 2011, 11:50:35 AM
Thanks for posting the video of the news interview with Maj - that is a scary situation for MARS to be in ...

One of the Ottawa newspaper columnists, Jane Taber, picked up on the eagle release (at the end of a longer column about politics)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tories-target-ndp-hopeful-niki-ashtons-gun-registry-flip-flop/article2229054/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2229054 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tories-target-ndp-hopeful-niki-ashtons-gun-registry-flip-flop/article2229054/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2229054)

The part about the release includes a link to Madrona's video on YT.

Text reads:
Fly like an eagle

Like Jack Layton, Shredder is a fighter. And although the NDP leader did not win his fight, Shredder – a Hornby eaglet – is winning hers.

On Monday, she was released back into the wild at B.C.’s Little Qualicum River. The event was dedicated to Mr. Layton’s memory.

Rescued in August by the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society – she was dehydrated, starving and near death when she was found – the eagle was nursed back to health. Apparently, she has a feisty personality and was named Shredder for her habit of shredding her blankets.

“Quite a flight to freedom and to the boundless sky,” Mr. Layton’s widow, Toronto MP Olivia Chow, told The Globe in an email. “Shredder, the eagle, didn’t look back at all!”


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2011, 12:16:35 PM
Thanks so much for that link, NancyM.  Wow!  What if that video goes viral.   :eclol  It would be great for Mountainaire.   :thumbup:

It was funny, because I started the video, and my husband was nowhere in sight - Reg had sent him off along the river to ask a person if she'd like to join us, as she was in Shredder's flight path.  (That woman was so delighted to get a front row view of a wild eagle being released - and she can be clearly seen in the last frames)!

The reason the video is unsteady to begin with, and tilts a bit, is that when he returned, I passed the camera to my husband to continue videoing, which he did.  So it was truly a joint effort.   :eclol 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 08, 2011, 12:44:42 PM
If my math is correct 50 eagles x $500-1,000 each. = $25,000-$50,000 in costs just for the eagles this year. Yikes!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2011, 12:51:25 PM
I hope the video does "go viral!  That would be wonderful for MARS.   :eclove

Thank you for the link, Nancy.  The fact that Jack Layton's widow expressed her gratitude may help.  (Ekf sent here the video link and said she as very pleased.)  He had many supporters and she is an MP.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2011, 01:07:11 PM
News release in the Comox Valley Echo newspaper http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=df7574fa-5dd2-4470-958c-f81fd5c7ee45

Five healed eagles take to the skies, thanks to MARS
Lise Broadley, Echo
Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) released five rehabilitated bald eagles on Monday, the most eagles ever released in one day by the wildlife rescue organization. All of the eagles have been in the care of MARS since they were fledglings, in summer or early fall.

"We've never released five eagles on the same day before so it's a really exciting day, to get these young eagles back out into the environment so they have an opportunity to learn to hunt the salmon in the rivers now and that's what our goal was," said Maj Birch, manager of MARS. "We are required to release them within 10 kilometers, more or less, of where they came from-So we try to pick a good river that has lots of chum salmon in it as a good opportunity for them to feed for the next little while. None of them have ever hunted before, they basically are nestlings that have been in the nest and then they were captured shortly after they fledged. Many of them were emaciated," she said.

Of the eagles released this week, the first one was at MARS since July 31, and the last one arrived Sept. 10. They were transferred to a different rehabilitation centre in late September, and returned to the Comox Valley early this week.

Two of the eagles were released into the trees behind the K'ómoks First Nation band office, while the other three were released at Oyster River and Big Qualicum River.

The two released in Comox, Duncan and Bridge, immediately took to the trees, scaring a group of four blue herons from the area. A group of about a dozen onlookers gathered to watch the release, taking photos and enthusiastically chatting about the eagles and their chances in the wild.

"Now it's up to them to figure it out," said Birch. "They have to learn and they have to fight with the other eagles and they have to learn to steal fish and hopefully they'll figure out to hunt someday by watching the others," she said.

MARS has had 50 eagles in their wildlife centre this year, the highest number ever. Birch said that the large number of eagles needing care is due to a number of factors, including the large local eagle population, the public's growing awareness of eagles and human encroachment on eagle habitat, particularly in waterfront areas.

"The eagle population is healthy, it's the habitat that's at risk. We're losing more and more of their nest trees to development and logging," said Birch.

MARS is preparing for what experts say is going to be a particularly harsh winter. With only about two months' worth of funding in the bank, the society is conducting online fundraisers and hoping for donations to see them through to spring. It costs about $10,000 a month to run MARS and each eagle costs between $500 and $1,000 to rehabilitate.

To donate, visit wingtips.org, canadahelps. org or call 250-337-2021. Tax receipts are available
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2011, 01:21:18 PM
Thank you, Passerine.  That's a good article.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 08, 2011, 03:03:40 PM
Dawn gave me the link so I posted it for her. :ecsmile CHEK news went to MARS today so hopefully we'll have something else for later, at least an interview if they can't piece back the footage from releases.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on November 08, 2011, 04:37:19 PM
I am impressed that the news people cared enought to make sure the info about the need for funding was broadcast...it doesn't always happen that way.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 08, 2011, 05:17:37 PM
CHEK news coverage at 14 minute mark on the archived news for CHEK News @ 5.  Some interviews with Reg and Maj and some shots of Shredder's release towards the end!   :eclove  

http://www.cheknews.ca/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=7&Itemid=126
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on November 08, 2011, 05:52:35 PM
Yes - and the need for funds were the opening remarks!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 08, 2011, 06:04:33 PM
I posted Madrona's video on my facebook page.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on November 08, 2011, 06:12:54 PM
It was a great news story on CHEK.  Great interview with Maj and Ref.  And the need for funding was paramount showing the vid of shredders release.  Who isn't moved watching an eagle fly free!! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on November 08, 2011, 06:23:04 PM
Thank you for all the news all. Madrona, the up close and personal of Shredder's release is just fantastic. Since we know that it takes $1,000 per eagle, then that is a good number to keep in mind. MARS is a blessing but the Our Nature Zone members and chatters are some of the most loving and generous people I have ever been privileged to be a small part of.

 :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 08, 2011, 06:28:35 PM
Wasn't it great that the weather presenter suggested the viewers help out and donate!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society & possible grant sources
Post by: nan2945 on November 08, 2011, 06:42:08 PM
http://grants.library.wisc.edu/organizations/animals.html

some might be applicable --also  http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/about-maf/

I dug up a bigger list --call me google queen - Maggiesmom made a list.  I'll ask her to post it here.  I hope there's someone out there who knows how to write these things. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2011, 08:42:20 PM
Very nice news segment and support on CHEK!  Sure hope the public responds!  That kind of "free advertising" is great!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 08, 2011, 08:59:09 PM
I compiled a video from all the releases I had video for... (from several sources)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ull_kCA-gU
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 08, 2011, 09:18:34 PM
Wow, Loved It Pat. Thank you, you work so hard.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2011, 09:35:48 PM
Very well done, Valleybirds!   :thumbup:    :clap   :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 08, 2011, 09:38:21 PM
That video is just wonderful, Valleybirds!  The slo-motion sequences are really special - thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on November 08, 2011, 10:22:48 PM
Wow, wonderful video and also wonderful news coverage!!!! I sure hope those donations roll in... wonderful work... Thanks MARS for all you do and thanks to those for their pics and video.. fantastic feeling to see those eagles fly free!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on November 08, 2011, 10:25:00 PM
Wonderful video!  And I'm glad the releases were gentle --  the birds left the carriers on their own and weren't thrown up into the air.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 08, 2011, 10:36:27 PM
I especially loved the view of Shredder from in front. The wings look soooo long and strong too.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on November 08, 2011, 11:50:13 PM
Many thanks to everyone who has posted such wonderful videos and words about the releases. Also thanks to the TV stations for there coverage.  It was wonderful to see the eagles leave the cages undisturbed and under their own wing power. A most moving event.

I have a friend visiting tomorrow who has asked for the address for donations.   I know she will assist the effort.

This is such a caring and generous group.

 :redheart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: nan2945 on November 09, 2011, 06:51:51 AM
http://www.animalgrantmakers.org/who-we-are
http://www.rachaelray.com/article.php?article_id=288&section=news
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 09, 2011, 06:57:17 AM
I so agree about the way MARS does these releases!  Allowing the birds to exit their carriers of their own volition. 

In fact....one of the best things about it is the big "trampoline bump" with their feet on the ground for that first take off.  Be still my heart.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on November 09, 2011, 07:28:10 AM
Chek News report .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDZGGQe-UVA
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2011, 08:07:52 AM

A report in a Vancouver Island newspaper about the releases!

Comox Valley Record - Rescued eagles released back into wild (http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/133495778.html)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:37:21 PM
Here goes with what the google queen, nan, posted in chat yesterday.  I am going to break this up into a bunch of individual posts.  Any typos you see came directly from what she copied and pasted into chat - so blame neither of us!

Nanaimo Community Foundation
Change is inevitable. Institutions rise and fall, economies shift, governments change, technology grows, but one constant is that there will always be a need for community infrastructure; needs that will enhance our community and support the people in it, and the Nanaimo Community Foundation will always be there to meet those needs!
Donations to the Nanaimo Community Foundation can be made in many ways. Usually, gifts are bequests of money or assets in a will. However, the Foundation will gratefully accept gifts made during the life of the donor. All donations are held in perpetuity; only the interest is spent on worthwhile community projects.
The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 30th annually.
Grant decisions are finanlized in December and funds distributed in January.


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:38:09 PM
The Hylcan Foundation accepts grant applications from registered charities across Canada that have been advised to apply and that fit within the following categories: health and social service, education, arts and animal welfare. Applications are reviewed each May and October, and applicants are asked to discuss their prospective project with the coordinator of the program before submitting an application. Grants range from approximately $1,000-$25,000.
Judy Martin
24 Windsor Avenue
Westmount, Québec, H3Y 2L6
Tel: 514-369-4731
Fax: 514-488-4940
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:39:06 PM
"We focus our community investment on education and the environment because we believe they provide the fundamental building blocks for the development of communities.” – 2008 HSBC Holdings plc Sustainability Report

How to Request a Charitable Donation:
HSBC Bank Canada believes in investing in the future. That is why we contribute the majority of our charitable giving to educational and environmental organizations.
If you are a registered Canadian charity and would like to request a donation from HSBC Bank Canada, please send your proposal to the following address:
Donations Committee
C/O Corporate Affairs Department
HSBC Bank Canada
4th Floor, 885 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6C 3E9
In your proposal indicate the name and contact information of your organization, your Canadian charitable registration number, the names of any affiliated organizations, the groups you serve, your purpose, the specific program for which you are seeking funding and the geographic areas that you serve. Our Donations Committee will review your request and respond.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:39:51 PM
http://donnerfoundation.org

The Donner Canadian Foundation was established in 1950 and for 43 years was a typical, uncontroversial Canadian charitable fund.[4] In 1993, the conservative American Donner heirs who control the foundation changed its primary focus to that of supporting conservative research.[4]
From 1993-99, under the leadership of executive directors Devon Gaffney Cross and then Patrick Luciani, the foundation provided the seed money to start several conservative Canadian think-tanks and publications, and became the "lifeblood of conservative research" in Canada.[4][5][6][7]
In 1999, the American Donner heirs who control the foundation began donating more of its money to land and wildlife conservation, international development, medical research and the arts, reducing funding of conservative research (though it is still one of the most generous benefactors to the right in Canada).[citation needed]
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:41:18 PM
This one is passed - but sounds like a Foundation that should be monitored in case they do something similar next year:

Animal Welfare Small Capital Grants RFP
Vancouver Foundation is offering a one-time grant opportunity to organizations looking to repair, expand or build facilities needed for the care and welfare of animals. Please download the two documents below:
1) full RFP description, including eligibility details, and
2) the application form.
Note: Please save the application form to your own computer before you begin filling it out.
Deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

http://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/grants/animalwelfare.htm
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 09, 2011, 12:41:52 PM
and one last link:


http://www.heritagecanada.org/eng/links/fund/html#reg19
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 09, 2011, 12:43:05 PM
Vancouver Foundation accepts letters of intent all year for amounts $10,000 or less for animal welfare.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 09, 2011, 01:14:30 PM
and one last link:


http://www.heritagecanada.org/eng/links/fund/html#reg19


MaggiesMom, when I clicked on that link, it said "Page not found."   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 09, 2011, 02:49:44 PM
This is great -thanks everyone! I've been forwarding all the info on to Maj and the fundraisers....
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on November 09, 2011, 04:08:47 PM
Nest friends,

The personal donation link for the support/sustainability of MARS can be found at  http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370   

 You can use this link as I do, to send $$ to the general fund for MARS. It doesn't matter if it's $2.00 or $20.00 dollars. What matters is is that every penny goes to helping MARS.  Rescue, feed, rehabilitate, car/truck fuel, maybe even meds for euthanization.  As sad as that might seem, these are real needs at a rehab center.
(Consider your home pet.  I'd rather have these resources an hour too early, rather than an hour too late.)
 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 09, 2011, 05:56:18 PM
Canada Helps is a great way to send donations to charities in Canada. They do have a fee of 3.9% per each transaction, tho. You do get a tax donation receipt.

Another option is here, no fees will be assessed, 100% will go to MARS, but there won't be a tax donation receipt.

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=987.msg82542#msg82542

Options are good.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 09, 2011, 06:01:05 PM
 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 09, 2011, 06:04:35 PM
Yes, MARS uses Canada Helps and is happy with them. Just showing another option.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 09, 2011, 06:20:51 PM
 :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 10, 2011, 09:45:28 PM
Volunteers needed November 15th at MARS:  Work party for assembling items to sell at craft fairs. Items to assemble include Photo Cards and Matted Prints. (Photos need to be glued to note cards. Prints need to be matted.) Come 1pm or later, after the laundry has been done!!!! Email or give Dawn at Mars a call if you would like to help.  :zooooom :zooooom

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 14, 2011, 06:22:40 PM
Stuck for Christmas gifts for animal-lovers? We now have adoption certificates available for MARS for various kinds of birds and small mammals and they come in 'bronze', 'silver' and 'gold' categories, with many different denominations...

There are several more ways you can help MARS this November and December...we have Shredder and Otus merchandise at Cafe Press. http://www.cafepress.ca/marscomoxvalley (http://www.cafepress.ca/marscomoxvalley)  What better way to remember the great releases on Nov 7th?

We'll also be at a couple of local craft fairs: Fanny Bay on Sunday, November 20th, from 10 am to 4 pm and Black Creek on December 3. We'll be selling note cards, suet balls and raffle tickets, among other things.

If you can help with either of these events, please call 250-337-2021. We also need help with putting our crafts together and will be having a work party tomorrow afternoon at MARS do that...  250-337-2021 or info@wingtips.org
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 14, 2011, 08:30:23 PM
Valley, do you have a picture and story about Quin, the newest eagle at MARS?  I think I saw a picture on your Facebook page, but don't know the story.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 14, 2011, 10:07:38 PM
I'll get the story when I see Reg tomorrow. I did see Quin (from Quinsom River) and he didn't look well, but he seems to be perking up. Very emaciated and covered in parasites and Reg wasn't quite sure what was wrong when he first came in. I'll also contact Sandy Royer and see if she can get some more pics...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 15, 2011, 05:52:14 AM
Thank you, Valley - I look forward to hearing more about Quin and seeing some pictures.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 15, 2011, 05:32:48 PM
I haven't gotten any new pictures of Quin, yet, but I have Sandy working on it! Reg says that he was probably exposed to or ingested some kind of toxins a while back. AJ's theory is that something like that has leached essential nutrients and/or minerals out of his body. This is thought to be the reason for the white talons. At first Reg was afraid that it might have been an electrocution, but no burns have manifested themselves, so the consensus seems to be that toxins are the most probable cause of this eagle's illness. He was in very bad shape at first, but seems to be perking up after chicken smoothies and antibiotics, which are still being given and he's now moved on to chunks of food. Only time will tell if all these efforts are enough.

I took a video within the first 24 hours of Quin's arrival, but didn't post it because I wasn't sure that another tube-feeding video would be interesting and I was actually afraid that he wouldn't survive the night as his body score was less than 1 out of 10. The video was taken the same evening as all the eagle releases last week. Note how still he is and how pale his mouth and eyes are...  

http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?v=2474891165254&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?v=2474891165254&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on November 15, 2011, 06:39:19 PM
The symptoms are interesting, Valleybirds. Hope you will keep us informed and that this eagle will respond to treatment.  :wub
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 15, 2011, 06:57:33 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for sharing the video about Quin.  Please keep posting the links here for those of us who would like to watch the procedures that are used to treat him and others.  White talons is a different sign from what we've seen before.   I hope that MARS got him in time and the nutrients and the wonderful care the staff gives Quin will be successful in restoring him to good health!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 15, 2011, 07:51:11 PM
Valley, thank you for this video - poor Quin looked very lethargic, I hope he is doing much better.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 15, 2011, 09:10:39 PM
 :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on November 15, 2011, 10:28:32 PM
so sad to see Quin is such rough shape... yes please keep us posted on progress... I sure hope for the best!!!!! I know you will do everything in your power to see Quin through this!!!! ty for sharing .
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 17, 2011, 05:39:04 AM
Here are the latest pictures of Quin from Sandy Royer. He looks so much better!

http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150403605043114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150403605043114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater)

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/379661_10150403605043114_119843378113_8243422_895390673_n.jpg) (http://)

http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150403605093114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150403605093114&set=a.10150178929008114.320392.119843378113&type=1&theater)

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/296904_10150403605093114_119843378113_8243423_469469123_n.jpg) (http://)

(Edited by madrona to show images)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on November 17, 2011, 10:38:56 AM
I thought Shredder was as thin - and docile - as an eagle can get... This is an eye opener. Poor Quin, I hope he makes it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 17, 2011, 11:42:25 AM
Quin looks as if he likes the room service at MARS.  His whole demeanor looks better already!  I sure hope he makes it!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 17, 2011, 11:43:13 AM
Thank you, Valley, and Sandy, for the new photos!

Quin looks a lot better - must be the "magicajl" smoothies he was given when first admitted.

How old do you think he is?  I am guessing perhaps 3.5 or 4.5 based on the head feathers.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 17, 2011, 11:59:14 AM
Reg figured young adult - so probably closer to 4 or so, I think. The colours in his feathers seem to be mostly dirt and dried blood, which has fooled me before! When he gets cleaned up and healthy he should actually have a white head under all that muck...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on November 17, 2011, 12:34:49 PM
Thanks for posting the pics, Valleybirds.  I just love that first one - when I first saw it I was struck by how much it looked like a painting.

I am hopeful that Quin is well on the road to recovery.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 18, 2011, 04:47:00 PM
http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150407071458114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?fbid=10150407071458114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/303708_10150407071458114_119843378113_8253592_143714542_n.jpg)

Maj presented a thank you gift to Norm Snihur today for all his hard work...



(edited to show picture, but be sure to click the link and read the text! ~ NancyM)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 18, 2011, 06:31:23 PM
Thank-you Valleybirds for showing us this & all the great videos & stories you post. Wonderful seeing Maj & Norm so happy. What did he say that cracked Maj up?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 18, 2011, 06:54:41 PM
I'll have to ask, Pass - I wasn't there taking the picture this time!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on November 20, 2011, 05:32:20 PM
'Quin'  looks better already. It is all the TLC he is receiving from MARS.   :thumbup:   :redheart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 20, 2011, 07:27:06 PM
More MARS news...

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/388310_10150410663923114_119843378113_8271056_1186913080_n.jpg)


I found Molly and Gordon at the MARS booth at Fanny Bay hall today. I couldn't believe all the great things we had for sale! Raffle tickets, lots of wildlife photos, Brian Scott prints, suet balls for our feathered friends, eagle chocolates, gorgeous, colourful handcrafted birdhouses and lots of crafty items that people have donated for us to sell. It was an amazing assortment and thanks to all the contributors!

P.S. We're doing it all again on Dec. 3rd!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 20, 2011, 10:44:01 PM
Valleybirds, the wonderful items for sale look so tempting.  I hope that people enjoy the variety and buy all of what is available during the MARS arts and crafts fund-raisers!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 21, 2011, 05:01:58 AM
http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?v=2503803368041&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater (http://www.facebook.com/mars.comoxvalley#!/photo.php?v=2503803368041&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater)

More Quin from yesterday...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on November 21, 2011, 06:55:57 AM
Thank you Valleybirds for all your reporting.  Love your photos

Molly & Gordon and long time MARS volunteers.  They show up at nearly every event and cheerfully, energetically and passionately do what needs to be done.  YAY.  Joyofdogs
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 21, 2011, 07:47:41 AM
I just watched this video on MARS FB.  It's wonderful to see Quinn trying to bite Reg!  Some feisty coming back!  What a job they do!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on November 21, 2011, 07:52:21 AM
Thank you Valley... wonderful to see the progress of Quin.... I know she is in good hands... sure hoping all ends well for her.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 21, 2011, 09:29:27 AM
Great video, Valley!  Reg is so competent in his handling of her - could Quin have a better friend? Compliments to everyone at MARS.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 21, 2011, 11:52:41 AM
Thank you for the video, Valleybirds.  I always enjoy watching them and learning from Reg about the procedures that are used in rehabing the birds/animals at MARS.  Quin looks better now than a few days ago...hope that she continues to improve with the good care she's getting.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on November 21, 2011, 11:58:49 AM
Many thanks Valleybirds for the video of Quin.  I was also at the craft fair yesterday (sorry I missed you).  I also took a couple of pic's & finally got a photo account, let's see if this works    :pray

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/122.jpg)

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/121.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on November 21, 2011, 12:17:31 PM
Yay Auroradawn  :thumbup: Great pics. Looks like maybe some Foldi work there at the booth also?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on November 21, 2011, 12:25:27 PM
Yes Dizzy that is indeed Foldi's work  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on November 21, 2011, 01:51:23 PM
Yay Dawn, knew you could do it. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 21, 2011, 02:00:02 PM
Great Auroradawn,  so glad you posted these pics!!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 21, 2011, 02:41:13 PM
Good pics, Dawn - thanks! Which items are Foldi's? There were a lot of things that I was really impressed with!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on November 21, 2011, 02:55:29 PM
Thanks Valley - the eagle quilted table mats.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: fol-di-rol on November 21, 2011, 03:26:01 PM
actually they really aren't table mats - they are mini-quilts with hanging sleeves on the back.  the colourful table runner is not one of my own pieces, it's one that I won as a door prize
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 21, 2011, 03:35:31 PM
Foldi, your quilts of all sizes are really special - I'd be afraid to get them anywhere near a table for fear of a spill.  Wall hangings are nice to warm up the walls of a house.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on November 24, 2011, 01:02:20 PM
MARS also has raffle tickets for sale $5. Nice prizes!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 24, 2011, 05:32:11 PM
The most recent eagle release...

One of the adult eagles that was rescued and treated at MARS for emaciation during the summer was released on November 18. He spent several months at O.W.L., in Delta, along with Shredder and the other juveniles. He was released on a beautiful Fall day during salmon run on the Puntledge River.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDdEP_ELZ5w
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 24, 2011, 05:34:10 PM
http://www.cafepress.ca/marscomoxvalley/8311698 (http://www.cafepress.ca/marscomoxvalley/8311698)

We have gorgeous new eagle merchandise at Cafe Press...this is a print from a painting by artist Robert Lundquist.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 25, 2011, 05:29:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQiwJmfy_S0  

This is the recent news clip from our local channel which features Quin and shows the eagle chocolates. The MARS clip is the last one, at 11:55.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 25, 2011, 10:02:51 AM
Thanks (again), Valley.

Those chocolates look like little works of art - I saved a screencap of one.  I also  like the little stuffed eagles (I have one of those  :eclove)


(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6103/6400665423_fcce2d803e_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6400665423/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6400665741_8b14971da9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/6400665741/)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 25, 2011, 02:00:29 PM
Hey...that chocolate eagle, while both adorable and most likely delicious.......has the wrong colored tail!    :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: typoscount2 on November 25, 2011, 02:03:33 PM
then it must be eaten, no other  :biggergrin2 answer for it
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on November 25, 2011, 02:28:16 PM
Boodle, the beak and feet are the "wrong"  color too ... most definitely must be eaten!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on November 25, 2011, 02:34:47 PM
I am going to put you all out of your misery, when I am volunteering at the craft fair next week, along with Catou & Joyofdogs, we will buy them all, eat them all and think of you all while doing so  :rotf1
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 25, 2011, 03:06:16 PM
I am going to put you all out of your misery, when I am volunteering at the craft fair next week, along with Catou & Joyofdogs, we will buy them all, eat them all and think of you all while doing so  :rotf1

that is just plain mean.   :gaah
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on November 25, 2011, 03:19:43 PM
Dawn~
Save a talon or two for me!
:eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on November 25, 2011, 04:34:54 PM
You folks are funny.  Thanks for the chuckle.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 25, 2011, 05:53:09 PM
Too late, Dawn, I already got some!  :P
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on November 26, 2011, 10:14:17 AM
Foldi - thanks for those lovely pillowcases - with christmas motif !!!  Not sure what price we should put on those?  They are special!!!  We hope to get items listed on our website soon - we have been so busy with a backlog of paperwork that our website is suffering.  Those chocolate eagles have certainly captured the attention of many -I don't think our supplier will be able to keep up with demand since they are difficult to work with and fragile - they are only getting 3 out of 6 molds at this time.  We will be having some larger Eagle heads in White, Milk, and Dark chocolates by next Monday.  We have a woman coming up from Parksville next week to see our "STORE"  Yikes!!!!  will need to clean up the workshop to make it look pretty.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: nan2945 on November 26, 2011, 12:34:34 PM
maybe some of us would buy a bag of the "crumbles"........that don't look exactly like they should......
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on November 26, 2011, 01:09:36 PM
Nummmm... Good idea Nan
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on November 27, 2011, 02:12:06 PM
I agree with emc.  Don't waste anything that has to do with candy.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on November 28, 2011, 11:06:02 PM
LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL GIFT FOR SOMEONE WHO LOVES WILDLIFE.. WELL LOOK NO FURTHER!!!  MARS HAS ADOPTION CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE FOR SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL AND IT WILL HELP WILDLIFE TOO!!!

Available in different prices.... a $25.00 adoption certificate will help a songbird or water fowl.
a $50.00 adoption certificate will help an owl, swan,  a fawn, or other mammals and a $100.00 adoption
certificate will help an eagle...  just some of the wildlife you can help. MARS would be happy to tell you more!! 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on November 29, 2011, 07:14:24 AM
Thank you for this info Donna.  I had asked Maj if the adoption certificates might be downloadable?  She was going to look into it to see if one could purchase via paypal and just download the certificate.  If you happen to hear the answer to this, please update!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on November 29, 2011, 12:26:56 PM
We have new HOT Belgian Eagle Chocolates! They're bigger and come in white, dark, and milk, weigh 43 grams , and are in the shape of an eagle head – $5 each.  There are very few of the other “Flying Eagles” due to difficulty in making them - they are only 14 grams and often break a wing coming out of the mold and then they have to go for x-rays and then surgery. Since they are an endangered species, we've stopped production.  :ecwink  We can ship products in gift boxes, if desired, but that is extra, of course.


Also, I've sent an email to Maj, asking whether the certificates can be scanned and emailed - that would be the equivalent of downloading directly.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: nan2945 on November 29, 2011, 12:39:16 PM
here's a way to email Michael Buble:  http://www.michaelbuble.com/contact
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on November 30, 2011, 07:19:24 PM
Hi boodle - I discussed the certificates with Pat and if folks want to order a certificate to sponsor one and pay through Canada Helps of Paypal then we can send it through by email - Canadahelps.org is best since it is on our website and you can include a personal message.  Thanks for supporting MARS
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on November 30, 2011, 07:21:21 PM
I emailed him Nan no return yet   :eccry
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on December 01, 2011, 10:02:14 AM
Hopefully Michael B. / his 'team' will answer soon. 

A friend is an avid fan; so I asked her what Michael was doing these days. Last night he was singing while the tree lights were turned on at Rockfeller Centre. And his Christmas CD appeared yesterday. Also several concerts.  She knows all  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 01, 2011, 05:24:48 PM
(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/388310_10150410663923114_119843378113_8271056_1186913080_n.jpg)

Molly and Gordon are back to invite everyone to our booth at the Black Creek Community Centre, on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at 2001 Black Creek Rd., from 10 am to 2 pm. Reg will also be out in front of the hall with an ambassador bird, selling raffle tickets. We have both kinds of eagle chocolates, in white, milk and dark, all made by HOT Chocolates, in Courtenay (they're a local legend). There's also lots of donated handcrafted items, most with a bird theme. The most spectacular item is a killer whale mailbox that would look great out front of someone's house!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ivani on December 02, 2011, 06:10:17 AM
how beautiful thing! I would like to close and be there to buy .... here in Brazil do not think anything with eagles.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 02, 2011, 06:56:38 AM
Quin has taken a turn for the worse and Reg took her to the vet yesterday for tests. I'll keep you posted, but Maj thinks she might have aspergillosis, which will require long, expensive treatments. Aspergillus is a fungus which infects a bird's lungs and causes acute respiratory failure if not treated in time. We're hoping that whatever is wrong is treatable and Reg is very involved in Quin's treatment so I am sure he will do everything possible to save her.

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/377457_10150434789028114_119843378113_8342221_784052473_n.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on December 02, 2011, 06:58:33 AM
Oh no!  I saw Quin on Tues and she looked so good.  Sending healing energy and love.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 02, 2011, 07:12:22 AM
We know all too well about aspergillosis - the acute form took our sweet Phoenix two years ago in July 2010.  :ecsad

I am keeping my fingers crossed for Quin - she is a beauty and has come a long way already.  Please do keep us posted!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on December 02, 2011, 12:21:43 PM
We'll say a special prayer for Quin! :pray2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on December 02, 2011, 01:43:36 PM
Reg says that the vet is fairly confident that Quin be okay with more care. Test recommendations will be coming back within few days, but x-rays didn't reveal acute Aspergillosis so, if is present, it's mild. (yes, that is what killed Phoenix) We are relieved, needless to say. Reg feels that the sudden signs of illness might have been due to a change in diet that overwhelmed her system, which is still delicate from her long illness. Sorry to alarm everyone!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on December 02, 2011, 01:58:00 PM
Miigwetch Maj!!
If there is ever a chance for an injured or sick critter...it is with ALL of you!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 02, 2011, 02:18:08 PM
(((((Quin)))))  She is in the BEST possible place to receive the care she needs!  Many thanks to Reg, Maj and all of our friends at MARS!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on December 02, 2011, 02:23:22 PM
Thank you Majee for the update. We await your updates on the feisty Ms Quin.   

All of us here are holding Quin, you, Reg, and all at MARS close to our hearts with hopes for a full recovery.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on December 02, 2011, 06:29:59 PM
Miigwetch Maj!!
If there is ever a chance for an injured or sick critter...it is with ALL of you!!!


AMEN!!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on December 03, 2011, 02:21:10 PM
Sending ♥ to Quin and MARS via Canada Helps :)   http://www.canadahelps.org/SearchResults.aspx?text=Mountainaire%20Avian%20Rescue&cat=0&subcat=0&city=&prov=&pLen=10
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 03, 2011, 06:56:19 PM
Thank you all for your incredible support, lately! We still have lots of craft items for sale, but that's okay - we raised $1,000 today! And we got a notice from Canada Helps the other day that we made almost $4,000 through there in just the week of Nov 21 - 27 - most of it was from chatters. There was a lovely tribute to AJL and one to PEI. I'm not sure if people want their little notes shared, please let me know if you do...

The crafts that we still have will be put online in some way and we're setting up a little store at MARS. We've also got a big event coming up in February - Eagle Fest and we can sell things there. Lots of incredible fundraising ideas are coming in and we really appreciate all the Hornby support!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on December 03, 2011, 07:02:17 PM
HEGPS has mailed the fundraiser cheque for $2,150.00 as well. You may have received it before the weekend!  :redheart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MoJo on December 03, 2011, 07:34:13 PM
Valleybirds, you may have also heard that we have a new David & Alexandra design in our Hornby Cafepress shop, and half of the proceeds for all sales through the end of this year will be going to MARS.  Sales aren't coming in as quickly as I'd hoped, so I think we need some more promotion to get the word out.

I did post it on the MARS FB page, but that wouldn't have been seen by all your fans so perhaps your FB Admin could post the information as well. :heart

Here are the details:

ATTENTION!!!  The new Hornby Eagles design with David and Alexandra (photo by Winterwren) is now available in the Hornby gift shop!!!
50% of the proceeds from sales of this new design will be donated to Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) through 12/31/11.
Be sure to check out the special discounts at the bottom of the page!
http://www.cafepress.com/hornbyeagles/8330626

Mojo

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on December 04, 2011, 04:50:29 PM
Got this at the MARS table at the Black Creek Craft Fair.  All evidence of the chocolate eagle head is missing!!!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6456386783_8415af6e47.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on December 04, 2011, 07:47:57 PM
OK---WHO took the chocolate eagle head??
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 06, 2011, 08:08:12 PM
Yes, Blue, we did get the cheque and I deposited it yesterday. Thank you sooo much! I put a thank you on the fundraising page and the HEGS FB page. Sorry, I missed this one! We had some great sales of raffle tickets, craft items (the chocolates are seriously depleted - no more little flying eagles until after Christmas) and some generous donations. And we couldn't do it without our Hornby supporters - Auroradawn and Catou were right in there selling their hearts out and several chatters came by to make purchases!

I shall definitely repost the Cafe Press link - didn't think about it not showing in the feed. I'm the admin, by the way.  :ecwink

The candle looks lovely, Sahara. I have several ideas for doing some Christmas shopping of my own in our little 'store'.

Quin is doing well, definitely enjoying the warm, well fed feeling. Reg thinks she would make a good ambassador and I can just imagine how much he'll be campaigning for that! We got a beautiful Cooper's hawk in today and I posted the video on FB. I'll upload it to YouTube shortly and post the link for all to see...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 06, 2011, 08:40:51 PM
Valley, thanks so much for all the news - we love hearing that our group and chatters can make a difference for MARS. It sounds like you had a great day of sales at the craft fair!

What's this about Quin being an ambassador?  That sounds like she would not be releasable ??
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 06, 2011, 09:12:57 PM
Valleybirds, that's great news about the results of the Craft Fair.   :thumbup:

If it turns out that Quin is not releasable after being treated and brought back to good health, it would be wonderful for her to be an Ambassador/Education Eagle.  :eclove

Reg seems to have really become fond of her, which isn't surprising!  I don't see how any of you are able to say "goodbye" to some of the patients who can be released to the wild.

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 06, 2011, 09:19:55 PM
No real idea if Quin's releasable, yet. Reg just loves her so much and will hate to see her go!!   :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 07, 2011, 06:50:58 AM
I did a terrible thing and posted that Mishi didn't make all the items she sent us! I was wrong about that - she made them all. She really is a very talented lady and I'm so sorry that I didn't acknowledge her contribution properly...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on December 07, 2011, 10:33:45 AM
Valleybirds wrote:
Quote
Yes, Blue, we did get the cheque and I deposited it yesterday. Thank you sooo much! I put a thank you on the fundraising page and the HEGS FB page. Sorry, I missed this one!


It is good to know that you received the cheque so quickly by mail. It is worth avoiding the CanadaHelps fee that way. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on December 07, 2011, 01:25:26 PM
Something else to note is that there is no extra charge for cashing a US$ cheque in Canada (at least not at the Royal Bank).  I know the US banking system is very different and there can be all kinds of problems cashing cheques from Canada (even US$ ones).  So sending cheques directly to MARS works for all of us. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on December 07, 2011, 02:21:48 PM
Aloha to all - I had a great day on Kauai yesterday. I can add a lot more birds to my life list - some endangered species and some endemic to Hawaii.  Saw nesting Laysan Albatross - so cool!!! 

Mahalo to Pat - aka Valleybirds for looking after MARS while I'm away.  Quin will hopefully recover to Release stage but it will take lots of time and good care.  Thanks to Reg and the MARS team of volunteers for looking after the birds so well.

I was hoping we could get some more flying chocolate eagles for Xmas but they are experiencing complications with the mold.  The Bigger Chocolate heads should be easier to make???

A sunny day in Oahu - off to the beach - cherio maj
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 07, 2011, 02:49:05 PM
I should have mentioned, the flying eagles won't be available before Christmas, due to the difficulty of producing them. Hot Chocolates is enthusiastically supplying us with more eagle heads, however!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 07, 2011, 03:33:43 PM
It was great to chat with Maj today in the chat room!  She's having a very good time.   
 :heart

Chocolate eagles are special, no matter what shape they're in.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 07, 2011, 09:12:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37ljqOdUbjU

Once again, Reg carefully and gently examines a new patient, brought in by a woman from Courtenay after he hit an office window. He's assisted by one of our volunteers, as they check the wings for broken bones and look for any signs of neurological damage. When we were first called we were told that the bird was quite stunned and not moving. However, by the time he was brought to the center, he was much more awake and lively. He'll be kept for observation since there's a red spot above one eye and that may indicate some damage that might take a few days to show up. If he seems well after a short stay, we'll release him as soon as we can.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on December 08, 2011, 01:55:04 AM
I love watching Reg handle the birds. He sure has a talent for them.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 08, 2011, 01:28:44 PM
Reg is so gentle with the birds and a very good teacher for the interns and all of us, too.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on December 09, 2011, 02:53:05 PM
Thank you Valley for posting this.  Reg certainly has a way with the birds.  Calming and compassionate.  (He's also the first guy I ever saw that can make "Carhartt Bibs" look sexy  :blush)

Any new word on Quinn?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on December 09, 2011, 06:23:19 PM
ROFL Basenji
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 09, 2011, 07:08:14 PM
I can see Reg blushing now!  :blush 

Quin is still improving and seems to have recovered from the bit of trouble that she had last week. She can chow down on chunks of salmon, now, with no problem, skin, bones and all. She still likes the warming light, though we put her in the cage outside during the day. It will be a long road to recovery, but she seems to be gaining weight and strength. I took a video yesterday and she's perked up enough to be skittish about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8LO-JW0-I8
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 09, 2011, 07:47:28 PM
Quin looks much better, Valleybirds!  Thank you for the video and update.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on December 09, 2011, 08:32:28 PM
Thank goodness for MARS!! We just love you!!

:hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 11, 2011, 11:07:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u129oI9dp7w

Reg checks over an an adult male bald eagle (a guess due to his small size) on Dec 8 that was found on Cortes Island, covered in dried blood, probably due to a fight with another eagle. He appears to have been fairly healthy before the injuries happened, which may help him survive this.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 11, 2011, 01:36:14 PM
Valleybirds, I hope the new eagle is able to survive with that severe a tongue injury.  If he can't use his tongue to feed himself, that doesn't look good for being able to release him into the wild eventually, since he may need to be fed indefinitely.  Please keep sharing information about him here.   We appreciate seeing your videos and reports and thank goodness Reg is there at MARS!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 11, 2011, 01:44:33 PM
Here's a post from yesterday from volunteer Sandy Royer, "Had him to the vet today. The tongue issue is likely nerve damage from the slash in his neck. He's on antibiotics and eye drops. Back at MARS we tube fed him and there is even bruising inside his mouth, poor guy. He's quite feisty though... so fingers crossed!"

If it's nerve damage, not a severed tendon as we feared, then he may recover with care.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 12, 2011, 05:42:16 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIDsPIgjp2M

One of our recent patients is a beautiful Snowy owl. These owls are occasional visitors to the Comox Valley, usually due to lack of food in their Arctic homes. They arrive emaciated and parasite ridden after a long flight in search of food. This is the second Snow we've had so far - the first one did not survive.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: jeavverhey on December 12, 2011, 06:26:42 AM
Thank you Maj and MARS team - I think I am in love with Reg - may propose :ecsmile

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 12, 2011, 07:28:12 AM
Valley,  this series of videos showing the work done at MARS is incredibly valuable - thank you to everyone for allowing us to visit you at work and gain insight into what it is you do.  Seeing these beautiful birds up close like this and how they are treated (so gently!) is very inspiring.

Of course, then I want to know how each of them is doing, especially  the eagle injured in the fight with another eagle.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on December 12, 2011, 07:46:37 AM
Thank you so much for the video of Snowy, Valleybirds. I must agree with Nancy that it is so interesting to see exactly what it is you do at MARS. Everytime I watch one of these videos, I am so overwhelmed with emotion. Thankful, appreciative, admiring, amazed, inspired...all come to mind. Thank goodness for places like MARS!    :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on December 12, 2011, 10:29:36 AM
Valley,

I agree with Nancy, BV and Jeav ( ;))!

 :heart
CCfan
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on December 12, 2011, 12:28:03 PM
Valleybirds: is there some way we can see and purchase things in your "store"? Besides the Cafe Press and the Raffle. Gorgeous prints and other items there!  :biggrin6

Prints available for purchase in particular.

I have looked at your fb and website and missed it somehow, thanks.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2011, 12:52:22 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for showing us the wonderful video about Snowy's parasite treatments and nourishment at MARS.  It's a beautiful example of the patience, knowledge, and skills involved in taking care of a bird, including this "visitor".  It is so nice to know that he doesn't have injuries and just needs relatively simple treatments to recover.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on December 12, 2011, 01:35:57 PM
So the Carhartt's got to you too, eh Jeav   :ecwink  LOL
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on December 12, 2011, 05:39:53 PM
Maybe MARS should do a "Reg in Carharts" Calendar...I can think three takers.... :ecwink...myself included!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on December 12, 2011, 07:24:11 PM
Real inspiration for being on the fundraising committee! :ty :clap :grouphug2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 12, 2011, 08:01:22 PM
EMC, we didn't manage to get the online store set up to tell you the truth. I keep intending to put pics on FB so that people can at least see what else we have, but I've been minding the office at MARS. I must apologize as our office admin person is off sick and the online thing never materialized! I haven't quite got a handle on the whole mailing cost thing so, when Maj gets back, we'll have to try to work something out. Perhaps I'll make a point of at least posting some pics on FB tomorrow and then we'll go from there. I'd also like to get more pics up on Cafe Press and there were some other interesting ideas that a few people had.

Hey! I just thought - what about Reg in Carharts? Wouldn't you love to have merchandise with your favourite MARS guy?? I'll also mention the calendar, but I know his reaction!  :blush

Thanks for your patience during our turmoil!...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 12, 2011, 08:23:28 PM
Pat  (Valley) - you have a small crew trying to do a lot of different things ... Maj will be proud how well things went in her absence.

Hey! I just thought - what about Reg in Carharts? Wouldn't you love to have merchandise with your favourite MARS guy??

Only if he also wears his hat and the gifts Mishi made for him ...   but, yeah  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on December 12, 2011, 09:34:28 PM
No apology needed Pat ( Valley) . But I am interested.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2011, 09:46:27 PM
Reg has quite a large fan club!   :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on December 12, 2011, 10:15:25 PM
I am also in awe of all you people at MARS!!!! I just love you to pieces for all the great work you do and also agree these video are very important to show us how things work.

I sure hope the eagle who was in the fight gets better... and Snowy wow... I love Snowy Owls they are so beautiful and I was thrilled to see how fast he is recovering ... Reg of course is just amazing how he handles and cares for these birds... he does have a huge fan club... believe me.

I too know Maj will be very happy at how you all have handled things while she was away... great job!!!

Maj... welcome home and hope you had a fabulous holiday... a much deserved one!!!

Thank you all for what you do!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on December 13, 2011, 03:52:09 PM
I was so interested in the story of the Snowy Owl! Just a few days ago we heard in our area that we should be on the lookout for Snowy Owls because their food source (Lemmings) in the arctic is waning. I hope lots of people will see this video and be aware in case there is an owl in trouble.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 13, 2011, 05:03:26 PM
Yahoo! Eagle viewing is coming to Courtenay!!

http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/story.html?id=055e6815-a9ac-4a90-9a33-7be7ee6f0b42
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 13, 2011, 06:00:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ua8J3Y2NAA

Here's Maj's interview tonight, taped by paintnut ...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on December 14, 2011, 10:27:03 AM
Re: Valleybirds last two posts -  :thumbup:  :wub  :clap  fingers crossed for the new impending venture!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on December 14, 2011, 02:10:07 PM
Oh my Gosh!!  This is so exciting!!  Are you planning on starting a new thread here at forum to let us know what's up with this cam and how we can help?

So happy to hear Maj and her crew are on board as well  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 14, 2011, 07:58:53 PM
Basenjimom, yes there will be a separate thread for the new nest and cam...when more details are worked out.  Please stay tuned!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on December 14, 2011, 10:40:36 PM
Meanwhile, here's a link to 2 photos of this nest, taken last spring.
Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=118.msg54524#msg54524) to see the photos and associated story.

Last week I returned to the area to look for viewing angles. The nest is indeed visible from all over downtown in the winter. It will be much more tricky to see once the cottonwoods are fully leafed out.
On that trip, I also visited the estuary. There is a very beautiful wildlife viewing area, and from there I photographed several eagles feasting on chum salmon. I will post these photos sometime soon.

Added later: I forgot to mention... After I checked the nest, I was downtown on Fourth Street and saw an eagle fly directly toward the nest, carrying a nice long branch! So definitely the pair are present and working on their abode.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on December 14, 2011, 11:14:50 PM
Wren, thanks for posting the link to the nest in Courtenay. I recalled you had posted one earlier this year, but not where it was.  A big nest indeed.  :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on December 15, 2011, 09:00:26 AM
Valleybirds, thank you for posting the videos of the birds and their care at MARS. I have learned so much from watching them. And thanks to Reg for being willing to share his knowledge and experience with the world. (((((everyone at MARS)))))
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 15, 2011, 11:27:06 AM
Thanks GZE! I love doing the videos and photos (when I can) and I'm glad that they are so well received. I can't wait for the new thread, Tiger and all in HEGS! It's going to be great to see how things develop with your project and to get to see a nest that's so close to where I live.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 15, 2011, 02:28:01 PM
Valleybirds, maybe you'd like to be added to our list of nest Ground Observers?!  We'd love to have photos and comments about those eagles, whenever you have time!   :thumbup:


ETA: I know you are very busy with MARS, but hopefully you can squeeze in a little time to share 'your neighbors" with us when the new thread is set up.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 16, 2011, 06:56:19 AM
Tiger, I've been meaning to go check out the nest, actually. I would love to be an observer - it would give me a chance to walk in that park regularly! I'm going to have to see how my job situation works out, but I will definitely do that, if I can. I don't have a great camera, though - not like Booni!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 16, 2011, 04:00:43 PM
Valleybirds, any photos or comments you add will always be welcome!  We still have some work to do before a cam there becomes a reality.  Many details have to all fall in place.  We hope that it will all work out well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on December 16, 2011, 09:05:31 PM
Valleygirl your photos are lovely.  They will be a welcome addition. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 19, 2011, 05:30:55 AM
I've finally managed to get some more pictures up of the craft items that we still have at MARS. Sorry for the long delay.

ww.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150440695648114.381988.119843378113&type=1 (http://ww.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150440695648114.381988.119843378113&type=1)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on December 24, 2011, 01:50:26 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: SaharaSapphire on December 24, 2011, 02:55:35 PM
Merry Christmas, hope everyone has a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 24, 2011, 10:58:04 PM
HAPPY Holidays to Everyone!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on December 30, 2011, 06:36:35 AM
I'm not sure if this has been posted or not.  But this article was on FB this morning.  MARS funding is once again at a critical stage. 

http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/136279228.html
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 30, 2011, 09:10:28 AM
boodle, I recall after the last fundraising drive we did for them, Maj said they would be able to stay open through February 2012 (rather than November 2011).  It is really tough, since the demand for MARS' services is growing.

I also read that they recently released the Snowy Owl  - a success story!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: typoscount2 on December 30, 2011, 09:14:38 AM
hopefully the people reading the local paper see that article and  can respond generously now that all the holiday rushing is passing as well
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on December 30, 2011, 10:59:50 AM
I've made donations directly to MARS.  Should I be making them through HEGPS?   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on December 30, 2011, 12:04:05 PM
beans, I think many of us have contributed directly to MARS and sometimes also through one of the fundraisers.  Whatever gets the funds to them to keep doing their great work!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on December 30, 2011, 12:13:18 PM
Thanks, Nancy.  I made a donation in honor of HEGPS
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on December 30, 2011, 12:40:54 PM
The article states " a few months". Hope the article can increase the donations!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 30, 2011, 12:43:55 PM
I'll send MARS another donation, also.  They HAVE to remain open!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on December 31, 2011, 06:37:36 AM
Ditto Tiger....sending mine this morning.  Sigh.  There simply has to be a better way to relieve the stress of funding for this incredible facility.  I wish I had a magic wand.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 02, 2012, 04:03:46 PM
Thank you for all your great contributions everyone! We've been very busy trying to come up with some good fundraising venues. Stay tuned for those - I'll make a list shortly and, if anyone is in the neighbourhood, please drop by and say hi. We're also looking for donations for a silent auction that we're having at a Pub Night I'm arranging for January 28, if anyone has any good connections with local vendors. At the moment we are good for a few months, but we are trying very hard to build up some reserves so this doesn't happen again, soon.

In the meantime, here's one of our newer patients...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KvByo0mbLI

On New Years Eve a semi truck, with trailer, hit a large eagle near Horne Lake, shattering the windshield. Fortunately the driver was not hurt and actually assisted in the rescue of the bird, after calling MARS. Semi was very stunned, but has no obvious broken bones, though there may be internal damage or broken ribs that we haven't found. She is a very strong, healthy bird and we are hoping for a complete recovery, since she is now standing on her own, though she is in obvious pain.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 02, 2012, 05:03:47 PM
Thanks Pat for that video.....
I hope that Shmee makes a full recovery and is back out in the world soon!!!  Bless you all at MARS for all of the wonderful things that you do!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 02, 2012, 05:37:24 PM
She sure had a forceful impact! Poor girl... So glad the truck driver knew who to call....MARS  :ecsmile

Hope she will be active and well very, very soon. Thank you for sharing your work and Schmee. :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 02, 2012, 05:45:03 PM
Thank you everyone at MARS for taking such good care of your patients.  That was a very hard impact.   I hope she'll recover from it well and be able to be released eventually.   :heart

I appreciate the videos and explanations...they help us to learn about the detailed examination and special care that are involved in what you do.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on January 02, 2012, 05:49:20 PM
Shmee couldn't be in better hands and hearts.  Sending healing energy and love to all at MARS.   Joy :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on January 02, 2012, 05:54:58 PM
The eagles name is Semi - pronounced "SEMEE" as in semee-truck for us Canucks  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 02, 2012, 06:22:42 PM
LOL - Dawn, Reg decided to call her Shmee, in the video! However, Maj says the truck driver named her so Semi she remains!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 02, 2012, 06:38:20 PM
Yup!  Shmee it is!   :eclol  She's Reg's new baby...   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 03, 2012, 11:39:59 AM
 :eclove REG :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 03, 2012, 11:40:57 AM
don't tell Mr. CC :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on January 03, 2012, 06:14:30 PM
MARS was on the 5 pm CHEK news tonight - the Shmee story.  Thank you CHEK news for the story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISX9hjF3cOg
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 03, 2012, 06:17:37 PM
Nice CHEK coverage, Paint.  It's good to see a story like that one...done properly.
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Post by: NancyM on January 03, 2012, 06:59:07 PM
Paint - thanks for posting the TV story. :ty

Mr. Miller (the truck driver) was not only lucky, but what a great guy to stop and get help for the eagle !! He and his wife Tammie are to be thanked big time for calling MARS to help.

Now, I had heard that Maj was out dancing on New Year's Eve - I guess this accident cut her evening short (very pretty sweater [jumper?], Maj!)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: sparkie on January 03, 2012, 07:19:57 PM
Thank you paint for finding this story on Chek  tv and posting it .Mr. Miller was very lucky . That could have been very nasty . I am so glad that (shmee ) the  eagle  was not badly injured.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on January 03, 2012, 09:29:36 PM
Reg doesn't always get to name every bird that comes into our care - the name Semi will stay since the Truck Driver named her and I think he gets to have a vote. :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 03, 2012, 10:19:56 PM
Great news story!!!! Yea Maj if the trucker driver named her than agree.... he was sure lucky and I thank him and his wife for all that they did for that eagle... so the name deserves to stick... sorry Reg!!!! ... this time you lose   :eceek
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 04, 2012, 07:51:11 AM
No matter the name...that is one lucky eagle and semi driver!!!  The driver is safe...and semi-semee-schmee gets the best care anywhere!!!!  Miigwetch!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 04, 2012, 06:01:16 PM
Yup - it's officially Semi! Reg doesn't get to have his way all the time! I have new photos and video to post, but today both Semi and Petro were lying down in their enclosures, which is not a good sign for an eagle. Maj had a good look at them, but it could just be that they're at a critical point in their healing. I'll keep you posted...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 04, 2012, 06:54:46 PM
Valley, I hope the birds all recover --- but who is Petro?  And how is Quin?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 04, 2012, 09:26:32 PM
Quin is doing great - eating lots and hanging out with her friends in our flight pen.  Petro was rescued from drowning on New Years Eve by a family on Quadra that was walking on the beach. They spotted him struggling in the water, possibly after having a seizure and waded in and pulled him out. It's amazing what people will do for an eagle! He is suffering from some sort of petroleum product poisoning, possible oil-based paint, as he has grey paint on his beak. He's still not able to take solid food, though he does try to fight when handled.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 05, 2012, 10:50:34 AM
Did you get any Xmas gifts that just aren't 'you'? Regifting is a great way to recycle! I'm looking for silent auction items for our pub night at the Whistle Stop on January 28th. If you can help with any items, please let me know... You can leave a message for Pat at MARS 250-337-2021 or info@wingtips.org
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 06, 2012, 11:56:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmgwAlTOSK8

The Snowy owl release is being featured on our local channel 4 (Shaw TV) right now - here's the video from their YouTube channel.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on January 06, 2012, 12:03:51 PM
Thank you, ValleyGirl, for posting this video.  Beautiful owl. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 06, 2012, 12:08:49 PM
EXCELLENT event and video and coverage!  thanks for posting the video, Valley.


(not to mention that Maj looks terrific in her knitted hat  :ecsmile)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on January 06, 2012, 12:09:30 PM
Thanks Valley, love a happy ending. Sure is a beautiful bird.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: dizzymom70 on January 06, 2012, 01:07:51 PM
Nancy-Indeed a beautiful bird. And Maj does look terrific. And Reg...and Reg...and Reg...OH! Sorry :blush
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on January 06, 2012, 01:23:06 PM
WOW and WOW!!  What a beautiful bird, terrific coverage by Shaw TV, Maj and Reg look terrific and the release was gorgeous!!  Thanks for posting it Valley.
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Post by: birdvoyer on January 06, 2012, 01:44:41 PM
What beautiful birds Snowy Owls are...and how lucky this one is! Thanks for sharing the release coverage with us Valleybirds. Good to know that this one has been given a second chance.  :heart
I see Maj is wearing her "Knitmaster" original! Lookin' good Majee!
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Post by: boodle317 on January 06, 2012, 01:57:09 PM
Gorgeous release video!!  So exciting.

As the snowy was flying and flying away.  I couldn't help but think the tale he will have to tell his friends when he gets home. 

"You all aren't going to believe what happened to me!  I was far from home and pretty hungry.  All of a sudden this giant being in carhart overalls "got me" and took me to this mysterious place called MARS. 

He fed me and talked to me a bunch.  I didn't understand a word he said, because he has a funny accent, but I did NOT like being held and talked to!  Anyway, then I met this lady with a really cute hat.  I stayed there quite awhile and built up my strength and the giant being put me in this strange contraption that's noisy with wheels and took me out to a field.  Within a couple of minutes, he put me down and allowed me to fly away!  I have never been so happy in my whole life.  As I flew and flew, trying to get my bearings about me, figure out exactly where I am, get a feeling for which way home might be.... I decided to land in a tree and take one more look at the giant being in the carhart overalls.  I never really thanked him for saving my life, but I could see a big smile on his face, so I guess he already knows that I appreciate it."

"Anyway....next year I am staying closer to home!  This MARS place, is for the birds"!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 06, 2012, 02:37:32 PM
awww, Boodle - no one would believe him!

birdnapped by aliens and subjected to tests?  gimme a break  :nope

:eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 06, 2012, 03:02:47 PM
What a wonderful success story and video!  I love to see these releases, knowing that MARS has done a great job!!!  Many thanks to all of you.  

Reg and Maj make a great team on TV...   :eclove

 :eclol  Boodle and Nancy...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MoJo on January 06, 2012, 04:25:15 PM
What a great video, and what a beautiful bird!!  And Maj and Reg look fantastic, too!

I see Maj is wearing her "Knitmaster" original! Lookin' good Majee!

I thought I recognized that hat!  I wonder if Knitmaster knows her hat made the news?

Mojo
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on January 06, 2012, 04:44:13 PM
I love how Reg tenderly put the owl on the ground and let it take off itself rather than tossing it into the air.  It didn't linger long and zoomed off into the woods.  Joy  :zooooom
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 06, 2012, 04:54:35 PM
Nancy-Indeed a beautiful bird. And Maj does look terrific. And Reg...and Reg...and Reg...OH! Sorry :blush
Boodle your Snowy owl diary entry is great and Dizzy, what canI say but  :thumbup:!!!!!!

What a wonderful video!
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Post by: typoscount2 on January 06, 2012, 04:57:09 PM
i did listen but heard no accent from the person in question.....wonder what that means

lovely bird , wonderful release :heart
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Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 06, 2012, 05:00:36 PM
Just love that video....snowy owls are so spectacular, it was wonderful to see her flying off across the field.  Lucky Owl to have landed at MARS with the aliens!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 06, 2012, 06:33:48 PM
Glad you're all enjoying the video clip - I've been too busy to work on the footage I have. Next time I'm stepping into the camera, too! I almost made it this time, then the scene cuts! Boodle, your diary is priceless.  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mamalion on January 06, 2012, 08:24:00 PM

Just wanted to let Maj and MARS know that I began canvassing for you today...  will keep you posted.... will try my best.... thanks again for all your fantastic work
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 07, 2012, 04:00:52 PM
Beautiful Semi is still lying down, though feisty. She was taken to the vet yesterday for x-rays to determine if there was an injury we couldn't find and it turns out that she has a fractured pelvis. Fortunately, it's stable and she has a chance of recovering if she is kept still and given support from MARS.

Petro was also taken to the vet and x-rayed and no breaks were found. He had an elevated temperature for a few days, but that is gone, so we're hoping he's going to start to improve and learn to eat on his own.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2894420767077&set=o.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2894420767077&set=o.119843378113&type=1&theater)

This is Semi today, by Sandy Royer

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/378558_2894420767077_1457063022_2961561_712434504_n.jpg) (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/378558_2894420767077_1457063022_2961561_712434504_n.jpg)

I can't remember how to embed and image - can someone help me again?  :blush
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on January 07, 2012, 06:27:36 PM
Ooooh, what an amazing portrait!

You can see the faint striations on the beak, just a texture that shows the direction the keratin is growing... just like the faint longitudinal lines on your fingernails! Except here the lines are curved.

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 07, 2012, 08:18:40 PM
OH, MY!

Sandy's portrait of Semi is exquisite.

I am not surprised to hear that Semi has fractured something, but I hope she can recover - a fractured pelvis sounds serious



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 07, 2012, 09:44:21 PM
It is serious, but the break is stable and the vet thinks it might heal if she stays still. She can still put up a fight and is a strong, otherwise healthy bird so we're hoping for the best.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 07, 2012, 10:10:45 PM
Keeping an otherwise health eagle still...that is a real challenge! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 07, 2012, 11:40:38 PM
Fantastic owl release... she was so beauty flying off... ty for getting her into shape so she could finally go free!!! I just love
your nice quiet releases.. hate it when they toss the bird into the air and huge crowds. Bet the eagles, owls etc. love it too.

That pic of Semi is fabulous... I love, love, love it.... stunning.... you can she the fire in her eye... she sure does look feisty,
so I hope that attitude gets her well and soon.  Semi stay quiet and be a good girl and you will fly free again soon!!! These
folks will see to it!! ty all

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: hairchoppr on January 08, 2012, 03:44:47 PM
I was glad to see that Reg did not throw that owl up either. Much more natural release this way, not so "showy" and seems more comfortable for the bird.
Just my opinion. What a beautiful bird.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2012, 03:56:11 PM
I always thought that a release was the Bird's (or wildlife's) Day. Somehow the natural way of them taking off without a throw seems perfect - heading out on their own, under their own power.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 08, 2012, 04:21:53 PM
I think the gentle release at the bird or animal's own pace is best, too.  Kinder and more natural for them to go on their own power the way MARS does it..   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 08, 2012, 09:11:12 PM
I finally finished the Snowy owl video, from rescue to release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La09gGpBDDc

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 08, 2012, 09:22:32 PM
:wub Aaawwww fantastic video of Snowy.  :eclove. Thank you
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 08, 2012, 09:44:59 PM
Excellent video, Valley - you do a very nice job on these presentations.

I recently learned that 10 snowy owls have been released on our local beach - they are sometime captured near the airport in Boston and then banded and released on our beach where there seems to be good hunting for them.  One of the banded ones was recently spotted in New Jersey.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 08, 2012, 09:48:37 PM
Wonderful Video... ty so much... Snowy may you reach home and have a good life... you are so beautiful!!!!

Oh wow Nancy... wonderful!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 08, 2012, 10:42:29 PM
Beautiful teaching video!  What a lovely success story!   :eclove   Thank you for making and sharing Snowy's story with us, Valleybirds and Sandy!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: idahowa on January 09, 2012, 07:08:05 AM
What a great video!  I learn so much every day here.  I had no idea an owl could eat something that big whole.  Nice shootin' (of the video) Tex!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 09, 2012, 09:32:46 AM
Wow nancy, very interesting!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Sandor3 on January 14, 2012, 06:56:30 AM
Reg and Otis in the news  http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/137215608.html  Way to go Pinecrest Elementary!  Wonder if they baked Dookie cookies?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 14, 2012, 09:36:38 PM
Semi has always been talkative and Sandy caught it on video the other day. By the way, she is now standing all day and eating on her own. Great progress!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWGP7nqX6W0

This is a repost of the video of Semi 'talking' to Reg. She had just finished a large meal of salmon and was about to be put back in her enclosure - she was not being held just for the purpose of the video. We do discourage excess handling of the wildlife in our care and the animals that are shown in these videos have limited human contact once they are well enough to eat on their own and no longer need constant monitoring. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on January 14, 2012, 09:55:41 PM
She does sound as though she is talking to you all without any anger, defense, or fear.  :wub
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 14, 2012, 10:38:12 PM
That is priceless... agree Blue... doesn't seem any of the things you said are there... just a sweet little chat.  Glad to hear of her progress and that she is doing so well  :thumbup:!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 15, 2012, 02:05:06 AM
What a wonderful video of Semi talking and especially turning to Reg as if she thinks he'll understand her.  She seems so relaxed and comfortable there.  It's exciting to see her progress for ourselves!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 15, 2012, 06:32:46 AM
What a wonderful video of Semi talking and especially turning to Reg as if she thinks he'll understand her.  She seems so relaxed and comfortable there.  It's exciting to see her progress for ourselves!   :eclove

Of COURSE he understands her!!  Even better...she understands HIM! :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 15, 2012, 10:12:07 AM



     I believe that too Mishi.... just love that video and listening to semi's chatter....especially her chatting and looking at Reg... priceless!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 15, 2012, 10:27:50 AM
I love Reg's knowledge of what will make the animals comfortable and relaxed! How many of us would have dared close our eyes!  :mhihi
Personally I got the feeling she was uncomfortable with the number of people near by and the noise (talking) level. But Reg calmed her; loved seeing her feathers smooth down and Reg explaining it!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 15, 2012, 01:04:39 PM
That is a sweet video - almost brings tears to my eyes! Semi is a very thoughtful looking eagle. I love the picture taken by Sandy Royer in #1031 earlier in this thread.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mamalion on January 15, 2012, 01:55:30 PM
  :thumbup:
What a wonderfully delightful video of Semi chatting... makes my heart sing... maybe telling Reg she knows he's helping her... thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on January 15, 2012, 02:26:17 PM
The video of Semi 'chatting' was so wonderful and heartwarming to watch.  :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on January 15, 2012, 03:29:50 PM
 I just listened to Semi chatting ♥♥♥ she loves Reg's voice   :really  Mishi has competition  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 18, 2012, 10:10:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4hKYe7yYXw

This handsome male eagle was hit by a truck near the Comox Valley landfill and has a fractured pelvis, like Semi, but it is much worse. We hope he will recover. He is being called Bond, due to his case #, which is 007.

He was brought in on Friday the 13th, which was a busy day. Reg also picked up a Barred owl and a hawk (Cooper's, I think) and they were also impacts, but they're both doing well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 18, 2012, 10:32:08 PM
I sure wish Bond a full recovery.... I know you will do all you can to help him. Thanks for all you do.  Busy January eh!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 18, 2012, 10:32:22 PM
Gosh. Another eagle hit by a vehicle.  :ecsad

I need a program to remember all the eagles we are following with you (and how are they all doing?)

Quin - possibly poisoned, has (had?) pale talons
Cortez - fighting eagle, injury to tongue and neck
Petro - New Year's Eve rescue, almost drowned on Quadra, possible petroleum-based toxicity issue
Semi - impact, broken pelvic bone, chattery eagle
Bond - impact, broken pelvic bone, more serious than Semi
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 18, 2012, 11:08:16 PM
You forgot Sayward, Nancy! He's a juvenile that was hit by a car (probably) up by Sayward and was found unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. We also have a new rescue from near the airport in Comox, but he's probably not a treatable case as he seems to be too severely injured and in pain.

Yes, it's shaping up to be a busy winter season - let's hope that the weather change doesn't make things worse.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 19, 2012, 12:08:44 AM
So many eagle injuries from cars and trucks...  Thank you for updating us with videos, Valleybirds, so that we can understand what is done at MARS to help them recover.  I hope Bond will get better, but there are some very serious injuries to deal with, apparently.

Reg is so gentle and patient.  He's a good teacher, too.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 19, 2012, 11:54:15 AM
You forgot Sayward, Nancy! He's a juvenile that was hit by a car (probably) up by Sayward and was found unconscious and bleeding from the mouth.

Wow, I sure did forget about Sayward ... is this the same one from August when Decker was still at MARS?

We now have another very weak and emaciated eagle, picked up from Sayward yesterday. Hopefully these two babies can grow strong together.

How is Sayward doing after all this time?  Is he releasable?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: PamNY on January 19, 2012, 06:53:29 PM
The snowy owl video was wonderful! Thanks for posting it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on January 19, 2012, 06:56:13 PM
Thanks, Nancy.  I made a donation in honor of HEGPS

Dear Beans,

Thank you very much for donating in our honour. We have received a card from MARS saying that

In Your Honour

A donation has been made to Mountainaire Avian Rescue

by

xxxxxxx xxxx "Beans"


How nice!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 19, 2012, 07:12:43 PM
Sorry for the confusion Nancy. This is a new one from Sayward, he came in in December and is an impact injury. The emaciated juvenile from the summer was released with Shredder and friends in November. Those were all fledglings that just ran out of steam due to emaciation - they were built up, then transferred to O.W.L.'s big flight cage until release.

Decker was actually not at MARS before he was released, he was at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre for many months , building his strength in their larger flight pen. That's probably what will happen with several of the eagles we have now - they need to build muscles in a bigger pen before we can release them.

It gets hard to keep track of them all, doesn't it??
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 19, 2012, 08:22:01 PM
Very thoughtful of you to make a donation to MARS, Beans.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 19, 2012, 10:06:27 PM
Thank you Beans and all the Hornby followers that have been so generous over the past few months!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: MaggiesMom on January 23, 2012, 10:41:14 AM
The New York Times has a story today about the huge incursion of snowy owls this year south of their normal stomping grounds.  Nancy has written about the ones at Logan Airport near Boston - they are mentioned in this article too.  Unfortunately, the Hawaiians didn't think about how they might save the one that flew across miles of ocean and ended up at their airport!  The MARS snowy was very lucky to be found where he was and saved.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/science/earth/spike-in-snowy-owl-sightings-stirs-speculation-among-bird-watchers.html?_r=1
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 23, 2012, 11:09:45 AM
I'm horrified that they shot the Snowy owl! Why didn't they just move it to somewhere safer, call a rehabber, anything??
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 23, 2012, 01:10:33 PM
thanks for that link, Maggies!

Valley, the responses to snowy owls showing up seem to be as varied as the places (states) where they arrive. I'm glad that Massachusetts (where I live) traps and relocates them from the airport, rather than the vicious (federal) response in Hawaii at the airport there.  In another state, the owl was watched until it starved to death and died in front of them.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 23, 2012, 02:18:51 PM
What a terrible way for the Hawaiian authorities to handle a Snowy Owl visitor...so sad.   :eccry
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 24, 2012, 12:24:22 PM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150551412833114&set=pu.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150551412833114&set=pu.119843378113&type=1&theater)

Semi is doing well enough to spend some time in the outdoor enclosure everyday, now. She can walk, run and fly and we're very happy!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 24, 2012, 01:10:26 PM
Wonderful news about Semi, Valleybirds!  Doing a Happy Dance here!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 24, 2012, 06:04:43 PM
Wonderful news about Semi, Valleybirds!  Doing a Happy Dance here!   :eclove
ME TOO!!!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 26, 2012, 03:06:01 PM
There is a post on MARS facebook that says Cortez will be released today! Woo hoo !! he had a lot to recover from, what a fabulous success.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 26, 2012, 03:20:11 PM
Thank you for the good news, Emc.  I hope we'll get to see a video of Cortez' release.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on January 31, 2012, 12:45:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eHS9MjWhDk

A gentle release....  Love a happy ending!   :eclove   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on January 31, 2012, 01:00:47 PM
Can you imagine how wonderful fre flying must feel to her? :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 31, 2012, 01:31:48 PM
What a lovely sight!   :thumbup: Gentle releases are so nice for the birds and animals.  

Thank you for helping her recover, MARS, and thank you Beans, for posting the video.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 31, 2012, 02:03:53 PM
Wonderful! She wasn't sure at first. Then took a while to get some lift. She circled giving those wings a little more work out. You can certainly see where a long flight cage is necessary for the birds to build up some wing strength.

Congrats to the rescuers, O.W.L., Norm, and MARS for a great job well done! I love seeing the cooperation of the rescue people.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 31, 2012, 02:59:10 PM
Wow, you guys are quick on the draw! I didn't even have time to post a short version to FB! Thanks for keeping an eye on our YouTube channel - I have several more videos to post and am waiting for the video of Cortez' release. I was busy with the pub night and didn't have time to attend either release that day. I hate that!  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on January 31, 2012, 02:59:59 PM
My heart soars with Cortez  :heart.  Thank you for posting the video beans! and yes, not only a gentle release, but a gentle reminder how much we owe our fellow man that dedicate their lives to the recovery, rehabilitation and release (the real 3 R's :)) of one of our most important resource....wildlife.

Thank you MARS, OWL, and my favorite ace aviator and flyboy, NORM!!! :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on January 31, 2012, 03:41:48 PM
There is a great deal of cooperation between wildlife rehab hospitals.  For example, Lindsay cooperates with IBRRC, CRC, WildCare, Tahoe Wildlife Hospital, and many more!  One day IBRRC had an emergency and the vet wasn't in that day.  We called the vet at Lindsay, and she said we should bring the bird to her, which we did. 

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on January 31, 2012, 03:50:32 PM
 :heart REHABBERS ARE THE BEST PEOPLE :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on January 31, 2012, 04:04:32 PM
What a beautiful release - she had herself a nice look around before she decided to take flight!!  Thank you MARS and OWL, Norm and rehabbers everwhere for all you do!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on January 31, 2012, 04:23:14 PM
Yep, thanks beans, that was an exceptional case of cooperation, sharing the vet!  :biggrin3

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on January 31, 2012, 04:35:14 PM
Wow, you guys are quick on the draw! I didn't even have time to post a short version to FB!

We want the LONG versions!  Thanks, Valley - these videos are terrific and give us all a great view of what you folks do.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on January 31, 2012, 10:10:24 PM
I'm catching up! Here's Semi being weighed and moved to her new outside pen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3j0w9PpTOI
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on January 31, 2012, 10:54:10 PM
Thank you Valley.... she is sure looking good and still chatting away... gosh I love this bird... am glad to hear she is getting aggressive... good sign I would say.  I will be so thrilled when she is well enough to be released.  Thank you again for all you do at MARS!!!! Keep those videos coming  :nod2... we never get enough!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 31, 2012, 11:54:18 PM
Semi is doing so well!  Thank you for showing us the progress she's made!   :thumbup:    :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 01, 2012, 12:00:41 AM
Anybody remember Lil of the first cam year of the Sidney eagles? She/he was a talker too, ( ok, screamer), Semi  reminds me of Lil.  :ecsmile

Nice to see Semi going back to chatting after being put in new area.  :ecsmile. Such a character...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 01, 2012, 07:49:19 AM
Oh my gosh!  Semi is unique - at times she drowned out what Reg was saying - and she was even chattering when Reg briefly held her beak closed when they hooded her.   :lol

I'm glad MARS takes the time to weigh the birds as they progress- that is good data to have to evaluate treatments.

Thanks, Valley - these videos are priceless.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on February 01, 2012, 12:41:52 PM
Semi definitely likes to make her opinion known... what an enchantress! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 01, 2012, 11:46:02 PM
Hi all you eagle lovers and MARS supporters!

I have a favour to ask... I've been trying to redesign MARS' website - I have to work with the template we have right now because it's locked, so I'm quite restricted and I also don't have a lot of bandwidth. I'm not sure if too many of you ever check our website, but I would really appreciate it if I could get some feedback on what kind of things you might expect to find on our site. Would you look to us for information about animals or where to get info? Would you like to know more about us and the people that work with us? Patient info, statistics, what kind of events we do? I would also like to know how the site is looking...is it easy to locate things and is the front page interesting? 

I know it's a lot, but if anyone has time, please just take a peak, at least at the front page and let me know what you think. You can just message me through the forum, if you like.

Thanks!
Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 02, 2012, 08:26:38 PM
Love that Semi!  Hey, maybe she has a distant relative who is a Chicken???!!!

 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: luvthebirds on February 03, 2012, 08:32:55 PM
I thought you all might like to see a recent picture of Maj and Reg, courtesy of Pat Wager.  HEGPS recently issued a press release about the gifts to Maj and donation to MARS made possible by our fundraiser last November.  There are more pictures, as well as links to the articles that appeared in the local press here: www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=987.msg93213#msg93213 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=987.msg93213#msg93213)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6753214373_0aa5347508.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/6753214373/)
Maj & Reg "THANKS HEGPS" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/6753214373/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr
Maj and Reg with the gifts from HEGPS and Friends

Thanks again to all who helped MARS via the fundraiser.  :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on February 04, 2012, 05:21:19 PM
Valley:

This is a fundraiser in my local area for a flight cage.  It's a neat idea...maybe something to consider?

https://www.facebook.com/events/338200716220661/
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 04, 2012, 07:28:13 PM
Wow - this sounds pretty interesting! Brrrrrrr, though!! We're doing a Walk for Wildlife in April, with pledges, but I don't think we've ever considered a Polar Bear Swim. Unique and attention grabbing....thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 05, 2012, 11:07:59 AM
We're back up to five eagles in care - Sayward, Petro, Semi, G.R. and Sara. We also have a couple of little Barn owls that were trying to nest in a chimney...a reminder to cap or screen your chimney to prevent birds from entering!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXGOkL93CN8
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 05, 2012, 11:53:55 AM
Aaahhh they are gorgeous of course. Sure hope their lungs will be OK. Good reminder re: caps or screens for chimneys. You never know when a bird might think it is a good place. Other creatures too, for that matter.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 05, 2012, 02:57:59 PM
Good thing that they saw the owls before even more smoke got in their lungs.  I hope that they will be okay.  Those particles are so dangerous for birds, animals and people...

Thank you for sharing the video with us, Valleybirds.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 05, 2012, 10:24:41 PM
Here's one easy way to bring in a bit more funds to MARS.

We've all been loving Valleybirds's videos, and it seems we're not the only ones! the youtube pages show thousands of views. No wonder: the videos are really well made; they move us, they make us think.

So Valleybirds went out on a limb and got some ads, hoping to bring in some revenue. They're the annoying grey bars that appear at the bottom of the videos from time to time.

So here's the catch: MARS only gets money from the ads when people click on them.
You DO NOT have to watch the whole ad. But if you have five seconds to spare, click on the ad link... then close the ad window right away if you don't really want to see the ad. That does the trick. A few cents more for MARS... multiplied by thousands of views... you get the idea.

Valleybirds, I want to thank you for the work you've been doing. I usually end up watching those videos several times to learn as much as I can from them, about wildlife, about handling injured animals, about the caring humans who give me hope for the world. You bring to the eyes of the world the work that MARS has been doing for all these years.

 :heart



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 05, 2012, 11:26:10 PM
Thank you, Valleybirds and Wren.


Valleybirds, are those two owls being kept together, since they are mates?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 06, 2012, 08:43:12 AM
Thank you so much, Winterwren! I lovemaking the videos and I'm glad that they are a valuable insight to MARS' work and the beautiful animals we get to care for.

The Barn owls are being kept together. They are assumed to be mates and Maj and Reg think that it will be less stressful if they are together.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: willow on February 06, 2012, 09:59:28 AM
I love watching the wildlife recovery centers all of them.Caring for something as small as a newly hatch chick, baby seals injured eagles starving snow owls and smoked inhaled owls shows the loving caring nature side of Canada and its people and we are loyal to all within are borders.Reg and the team are beautiful to watch and I wish it was on tv cause I  would watch.Get a producer to come in and see if they would be intrested.Im serious,Reality tv is big ,beats the kardashins...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 06, 2012, 10:26:37 AM
Wow, what an idea willow. Might be too intrusive to the work schedule, but it would be awesome to watch!

There is a vet and his son doing his work now as a program on TV.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 06, 2012, 01:33:54 PM
Thank you so much, Winterwren! I lovemaking the videos and I'm glad that they are a valuable insight to MARS' work and the beautiful animals we get to care for.

The Barn owls are being kept together. They are assumed to be mates and Maj and Reg think that it will be less stressful if they are together.

Thank you, Valleybirds.  I'm happy that the two owls are being kept together and I assume/hope they'll be released together, if and when they recover and can go back to live in the wild.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 06, 2012, 04:14:47 PM
I love watching the wildlife recovery centers all of them.Caring for something as small as a newly hatch chick, baby seals injured eagles starving snow owls and smoked inhaled owls shows the loving caring nature side of Canada and its people and we are loyal to all within are borders.Reg and the team are beautiful to watch and I wish it was on tv cause I  would watch.Get a producer to come in and see if they would be intrested.Im serious,Reality tv is big ,beats the kardashins...

We have actually been talking about doing a monthly show with Shaw TV, the local channel that did the Snowy Owl release coverage. When things slow down a bit - after EagleFest - we should be able to follow up on that. Unfortunately, it's just local, but we could probably pick up the video off their YouTube site.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 06, 2012, 05:42:59 PM
We have actually been talking about doing a monthly show with Shaw TV, the local channel that did the Snowy Owl release coverage. When things slow down a bit - after EagleFest - we should be able to follow up on that. Unfortunately, it's just local, but we could probably pick up the video off their YouTube site.

Valleybirds, it would be very nice if you can post a link to the Shaw TV YouTube site that has the recordings so we can take a look to see if we can watch their videos.   :biggrin6   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2012, 06:36:23 PM

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6838861521_5fdf2256da_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6838861521_71514a4c44_o.jpg)

This is a photo of Sara from my day at MARS on February first.
I think she, also, suffered a collision, but I'm finding it hard to remember all the stories properly.
What I do remember for sure is that she was immobile under the heat lamp until Maj had to catch her for feeding and medication, and then she became really feisty, trying to attack with her talons.

She has signs of internal injury. Her digestion is not happening normally. So as of February 1st she was definitely not out of the woods yet.

Sara would be almost 4 years old. In addition to the usual dark area on the cheeks, she has a beautiful dark patch on the top of her head.
Interestingly, her tail is already all white. The pattern really does vary from one eagle to the other.

What I cannot find words to describe here is Sara's utter and deep wildness; the sensation I got, standing so close to her, that we cannot possibly comprehend her life, her being. The sensation that we think we know what the world is about, but really we don't.


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 08, 2012, 01:10:51 AM
Wren, your words moved me deeply...

"What I cannot find words to describe here is Sara's utter and deep wildness; the sensation I got, standing so close to her, that we cannot possibly comprehend her life, her being. The sensation that we think we know what the world is about, but really we don't."

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on February 08, 2012, 08:13:35 AM
I agree Tiger. Sometimes I think I "know" them, but the truth is the more I know the more I need to learn.

Thank you Wren too!

:hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on February 08, 2012, 02:39:19 PM
what a wonderful soul deep description
 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 09, 2012, 07:09:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeEVNNYteEg

 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on February 09, 2012, 07:21:40 PM
Thank you Beans for Posting! remarkable rehab
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 09, 2012, 07:26:10 PM
I agree Tiger. Sometimes I think I "know" them, but the truth is the more I know the more I need to learn.

Thank you Wren too!

:hug

Once you work with wildlife, you are never the same
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 09, 2012, 07:33:39 PM
Beans, Semi looks wonderful!  Thank you for posting this latest video of her with Reg.!   :thumbup:  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 09, 2012, 07:54:31 PM
Wonderful! She had a word or two to say  :biggrin6.  She was looking all around at the end " What can I get into here? That rope looks interesting."  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on February 09, 2012, 11:41:21 PM
I had such a good laugh at watching Reg catch Semi. I would have pinned her as soon as that first towel was on, but Reg?  :eclol

He casually adjusts that towel, and then he drapes a second one, and then he picks her up, taking the time to choose the best angle, and carries her under one arm.

I loved Semi's vocalizations when she landed in her new flight cage and announced herself to the other eagles!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: PamNY on February 10, 2012, 06:40:33 AM
Wren you comment sums up what I want to say about wildlife, but couldn't find the words.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 10, 2012, 12:21:09 PM
Knitmaster has graciously donated a home made felted derby for auction on e-bay with all proceeds going to MARS. Check this link for details: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1057.0
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 10, 2012, 11:46:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOlB046fSnA

On December 8th an adult male Bald eagle was found on Cortes Island, covered in dried blood. He probably had a fight with another eagle and received multiple wounds, including one to his neck that went all the way across. Fortunately, he was fairly healthy before his injuries and seven weeks later he was released, an amazing recovery. He really was a fighter!

Finally, Cortez' story!

Winterwren, that was a great description of Sara! She is a huge eagle and has a very commanding presence, even though she's in pain. She was another semi accident - she was struck by the grill, though. Every eagle has such a different personality and it's amazing to see it unfold!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 10, 2012, 11:50:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igb8kC-5KPU

Sara's story...

On January 25th a couple brought in an eagle that was hit by the grill of a semi truck on the highway near the Saratoga Beach area. Fortunately, the woman spotted Sara tumbling into the ditch after the impact, while following the semi in her car and called her husband to assist in the rescue. This is a very large eagle, approximately 6 kg and about 4 years old. She has no broken bones, but may have some internal injuries or bruising, since she prefers to lie down, rather than stand. We are hoping that rest and treatment for the pain and swelling will allow her to recover.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 10, 2012, 11:57:25 PM
Valleybirds, these videos are a wonderful way for you to share the work that is being done at MARS!  Thank you for taking the time to post them here.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 11, 2012, 08:44:58 AM
It is such a joy to watch a release like Cortez. The odds of making it were not great, but with the best of care, he did.  :ecsmile. Sure hope Sara has the same outcome. The family that rescued her and MARS are doing all they can. Get well Sara.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on February 11, 2012, 09:32:53 AM
A good ending for Cortez, thank you, MARS!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 19, 2012, 10:28:50 PM
MARS Moment: The tale of two mating barn owls
    
By Sandy Fairfield - Campbell River Mirror
Published: February 14, 2012 11:00 AM

http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/lifestyles/139302013.html?fb_ref=sidebarActivityFeed (http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/lifestyles/139302013.html?fb_ref=sidebarActivityFeed)

(http://media.bclocalnews.com/images/364*395/72484campbellriverbarnowls.jpg)
Ash and Sooty, two barn owls, that took up residence in a chimney, now have a far better home at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society in Merville. The owls are doing well and the society wants to find them a permanent home in someone’s barn.


From news article:
<snip>

“Ash” and “Sooty,” a mated pair of barn owls for reasons only known to them decided to play “Santa” and go down the chimney. Perhaps seeking shelter and warmth during the last cold spell, or looking for a cozy nest site, they entered the chimney, but were unable to go back up and landed in the hearth of a fireplace.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 19, 2012, 10:34:39 PM
Feb 25 - Campbell River Eagle Festival

http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/community/139524658.html (http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/community/139524658.html)

Excerpt from news article:

MARS is the host of the Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival which is sponsored by BC HYDRO and 97.3 FM the Eagle radio. Each year hundreds of these big birds come to our shore and line up, waiting for the big feast.  What they feed upon mainly are fish and herring that spawn in our coastal waters by the millions in late February and early March. The birds have spent time here waiting since the salmon spawned in our rivers in the late fall and now they are getting hungry. The theme of the festival this year is “Eagles and Fish” and you will find many experts in their field on this day talking about these big birds that live in our communities.

The doors open to the Public at 10 am with a low charge of $5 per person or $10 per family. MARS members get in free.  Beginning with a welcome by Mayor Walter Jakeway, at 10:30 a.m. the first guest speaker is Ashley Park a biologist who has studied salmon.  Ramona deGraaf will follow at 11:30 a.m., and will present a lively talk and walk along the shoreline to upturn the sand and gravels to discover the marvels of forage fish.

The afternoon begins at 1 p.m. features Joanna Preston, a biologist who has spent time studying the migration habits of bald eagles during her work for wind farm corporations. Then Robert Scriba will present an amazing array of photos taken while working in Knight inlet, featuring magnificent grizzly bears.
<snip>

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 19, 2012, 11:01:32 PM
I do have to add a follow up to the Mirror article. Ash, the female Barn owl seemed to have some respiratory distress from the beginning, but there is little to be done about smoke inhalation in a bird. She died not long after the article, unfortunately. Soot is doing well, though and we're hoping he'll have no trouble finding a new mate when he's released. We've found him a new home near where he was found - someone has offered to put up nest boxes on their property for him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on February 19, 2012, 11:24:36 PM
awwww Valley I am so sorry to hear that Ash died ... I too hope Sooty will have no trouble finding a mate and
sure hope this time he does find a barn for a home. Thank you for doing what you do at MARS... at least they
have a very good chance of surviving while in your care.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on February 20, 2012, 06:28:20 AM
sorry to hear about Ash - thanks for letting us know. I remember that there was concern about her from the beginning.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 20, 2012, 12:50:38 PM
I'm very sorry to see the Ash didn't make it.  Smoke is so dangerous for birds, animals and humans.  Thank you for trying to save both of them at MARS.  Hopefully, Sooty will do well and be able to return to the wild and his new home.

The photo in the newspaper article looks like a pastel painting...beautful!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 20, 2012, 06:37:13 PM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3211239927358&set=o.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3211239927358&set=o.119843378113&type=1&theater)

Here's the latest picture of Semi (by Sandy Royer) - she's a beauty!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 20, 2012, 06:58:50 PM
Semi is lovely, Valleybirds.  She looks very good!  Thank you to everyone at MARS who is caring for her. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 20, 2012, 10:08:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOYZ9h83WA

Quin spent a long time at MARS, she appeared to have such long term health problems that she needs a long recovery in a larger flight cage to build her muscles. She was taken to O.W.L. at the end of January and she'll be returned for release.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on February 21, 2012, 07:11:25 AM
Mr Joy and I will be volunteering at Eagle Fest on Saturday.  It is always interesting and well attended.  I'll report back after the event. Joy
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 21, 2012, 09:38:50 AM
For some reason I made Norm Snihur Ron in the video. Very embarrassing and I apologize, greatly! I'll be pulling down the video and editing it.... thank you to everyone who let me know!

....All fixed!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on February 22, 2012, 04:03:04 PM
 :s*  NORM!!  :kiss*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 22, 2012, 04:28:23 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for sharing the video about how carefully Reg and Norm handle and prepare Quin for the flight in Norm's helicopter.  It's so good to learn more of the necessary precautions that are needed to keep the eagle safe and calm.  They both are special people!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on February 26, 2012, 10:16:04 AM
Attending the Campbell River Eaglefest is always a last-minute decision for me, as it is a 90-minute drive and winter weather is always unpredictable.  However, yesterday was bright and very blustery, but a perfect day to head up Island (unlike today, where I can already see the snowflakes that were originally forecast for yesterday. drifting by my window).

When we arrived at noon, my husband and I were greeted by Joyofdogs and her husband, who were manning the reception desk.  Fortunately it is a large, open building, with lots of natural light through the windows, as there had been a power outage (which lasted for a couple of hours).  It didn't take long to spot Maj and Reg.  Reg seemed to always have an attentive audience as he answered questions, with various of the "Ambassador birds" on his glove.  Here he is with Horus:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglefest012-RegandHorus.jpg)

I was happy to see that there were many visitors - I heard (unofficially) from a couple of sources that there were many more people in attendance over last year.  I am sure that the bright, sunny day helped.  The photo competition was excellent and I saw many fabulous wildlife photos (a couple I recognized as Booni's and Winterwren's).

It was good to meet up with Ian Moul (WiTS representative).  Here are a couple of pics of his display.  Note on that poster, just how much of Vancouver Island's coastline has eagle nests.  (If you rt. click on image it gives a larger view - I hope!)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglefest015-WiTSdisplay.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglefest016-WiTS.jpg)

I saw quite a few other familiar faces, and look forward to seeing more reports and pictures of this very worthwhile event.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day!   :eclove

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 26, 2012, 10:40:17 AM
Thanks Madrona, I was hoping we would get a report & pictures. What a handsome pair Reg & Horus are. Nice there was a good turn out. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on February 26, 2012, 11:12:44 AM
Thank you Madrona. I just loved looking at the pics and the displays. :hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 26, 2012, 12:47:46 PM
Thank you so much for the pictures and comments, Mad. It was great to meet you again yesterday. I made sure to take lots of photos and video, in between my other duties, and will post a link here when I get everything compiled. It was a very good turnout this year and the weather definitely helped! The power outage only crimped a couple of things and the speaker at the time managed very well without her slides. She really was an amazing speaker! More to follow...Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on February 26, 2012, 01:06:10 PM
wow Valley!  Loved to hear why Norm is so particular about wrapping.  Great Video...Hope Quinn does great at OWL...!

Madrona!  thank you so much for the pics!  Glad you had a nice day!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 26, 2012, 03:47:07 PM
Valleybirds, it's so good to see that the event went very well.  Thank you for the great photos!  We always enjoy seeing what MARS people and birds are doing!  Reg and Horus make a very impressive-looking team.   :thumbup:

I wasn't able to enlarge the photo with Ian's maps of the eagle nests.  Is there another way/place for us to see them?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on February 26, 2012, 09:08:23 PM
Here's the video of EagleFest...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOM_Id-P21k
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 26, 2012, 09:31:58 PM
Valleybirds, the video and the Festival look wonderful!  I wish all of us could have been there, too.  Each presentation looked interesting... nice variety and excellent presenters!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: jeavverhey on February 27, 2012, 02:10:55 AM
Thanks for all of the wonderful posts and videos.  :thumbup: They are the next best thing to being there.  Maybe one day I will be lucky enough to be able to attend.      :pray2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on February 27, 2012, 09:42:58 AM
Valleybirds, it's so good to see that the event went very well.  Thank you for the great photos!  We always enjoy seeing what MARS people and birds are doing!  Reg and Horus make a very impressive-looking team.   :thumbup:

I wasn't able to enlarge the photo with Ian's maps of the eagle nests.  Is there another way/place for us to see them?

Tigerlady - it was my post that had the WiTS display photos.  I am sorry that those Photobucket pics don't click to larger size for you as they do for me (using Firefox).   :puzzled2

Here is a cropped picture of the map displayed by WiTS:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/WiTSBaldeaglenestsonVanIsland.jpg)

Check out the WiTS website http://www.wildlifetree.ca/ (http://www.wildlifetree.ca/) and click this link to view the WiTS on line Atlas: http://squamish2010.ca/mapguide2010/wits/main.php (http://squamish2010.ca/mapguide2010/wits/main.php)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on February 27, 2012, 10:56:33 AM
That is a whole bunch of eagle sites!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on February 27, 2012, 11:04:12 AM
Madrona, thanks for the map.  I hadn't realized the area encompassed.  I have a friend coming to see me this week who will be delighted to see the map.   :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 27, 2012, 11:53:55 AM
Thank you for the photo and the WiTS links, Madrona.  I use Firefox, too, so I don't know why it the maps wouldn't enlarge.  That's an impressive map with all of the data on it!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on February 27, 2012, 12:42:10 PM
Great video Valleybird, truly enjoyed it, TY. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 03, 2012, 10:32:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEeBRTo6drU

Another long-delayed video - this time of a Great Blue Heron release.

In mid-July we rescued a baby Great Blue Heron that had been picked up from its nest by an eagle and then dropped. He was treated by a vet for numerous puncture wounds. He had a problem with his left foot, too, which was treated with a splint as seen in http://youtu.be/ZHS61DmDBOc. He was finally released in September at Deep Bay, and proved to be a bit timid when facing freedom.

Herons are actually a very dangerous bird, due to a penchant for using their sharp beaks to poke at the eyes of anything that threatens them, including people. This bird had a very aggressive and cranky personality and had to be handled very carefully. Until I met him, I had no idea that a heron could growl!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 03, 2012, 12:06:10 PM
Wonderful to see this heron fly.  I remember when he was brought in and also when Reg made the splint.   :thumbup:

Yay, MARS!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bluewing4 on March 03, 2012, 12:24:55 PM
What a lovely video of the Great Blue Heron Release. You sure could read a lot from the expressive body movements. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 03, 2012, 01:13:58 PM
Excellent, Valley!  Thank you for another inspiring story from MARS.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 03, 2012, 01:44:19 PM
Ohhhh he was sure it had to be a trap of some kind. No way was he going to be fooled. Lol

So glad he has the opportunity to explore his world and enjoy the great outdoors.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 03, 2012, 10:43:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zob7GJaEvTs

I've compiled a video of Semi's conversations that we caught for posterity. Maybe someone can learn to interpret what she's saying...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 03, 2012, 11:08:41 PM
Aaaahhhhh :wub  Semi is a very special, opinionated young eagle.  :ecwink

So glad you have compiled some of her conversations. I think some are " Well, hurry up then with my salmon"
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 04, 2012, 08:23:17 AM
Thanks Valleybirds, they both have such neat personalities. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on March 04, 2012, 08:36:53 AM
Thank you valleybirds - semi is certainly a talkative one!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 05, 2012, 07:13:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GsLC-0ameI

Semi was rescued on December 31, 2011, with the help of the truck driver whose window she hit. Her only injury appeared to be a fractured pelvis which healed remarkably quickly. Her constant 'chuffing' while being treated in the beginning have endeared her to all of us, but she belongs in the wild. On March 5th she was released near Ship's Point, Fanny Bay.

Semi's release was dedicated to AJL, of the Hornby
Eagle Group Projects Society, from Madrona
-Thank you for all you do-
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on March 05, 2012, 07:15:58 PM
AJL:   :heart   :heart   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 05, 2012, 07:28:48 PM
Terrific to see the release. Thank you Madrona for dedicating Semi's release to AJL :wub
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on March 05, 2012, 07:57:16 PM
Madrona.... ty.. I can't think of a better way to honour AJL..... I love Semi, she was such a character and I will miss her... but she belongs free... I wish her all the best....tears of joy... Ajl  :heart

And Madrona ty again.. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2012, 09:00:30 PM
What a wonderful sight to watch Semi fly free back into the wild!  Madrona, that is very thoughtful of you to dedicate Semi's release to Ajl!  That is a true gft of love.   :heart

Thank you, MARS! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on March 05, 2012, 09:12:22 PM
Thank you for your gift and the dedication Madrona. AJL truly is our Gem of most precious. And, what more can I say about Semi! What a beauty!!! :hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on March 05, 2012, 09:18:01 PM
((((Madrona))), unlike Semi I am speechless.  :heart
Thank you so much - you know how much this means to me. 

Thanks too, Maj and Reg. 


( :puzzled2  Are you hinting that I talk too much?  ) 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 05, 2012, 09:21:55 PM
 :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 05, 2012, 10:23:57 PM
AWESOME!  Semi is unique, and so is AJL.

Thank you Madrona for a wonderful dedication.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on March 05, 2012, 10:34:24 PM
What a lovely breezy day it was for a release.  I was wondering when it would happen, and knew it was imminent.  Watching the video I see that Semi took her time, and left confidently, flying strongly.  She obviously decided she had nothing to say about her release, however.   :biggrin6  She looked big and confident and strong.  I hope she has a long life flying strong and free!   :heart

AJL, I do know how much this release, any release, means to you especially.  I talked to Maj about this when I was at the Campbell River Eagle Festival, having finally found what I thought would be the perfect gift to thank you for all you do.  I would have done this anonymously, or at least privately, but after looking carefully through all of the donation options at MARS I realized that sponsorship of a release is a tremendous way to honour somebody who really cares about wildlife, and at the same time to donate to MARS.  (I plan on doing it again in the future to honour others who have given so much, so selflessly).  

Nancy - I just saw your post, and that is so true.  Semi is unique, just like AJL and I wish them both joy as they soar into an exciting, promising and happy future!  :eclove  

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 05, 2012, 11:25:42 PM
(((((Madrona)))))   :s*       (((((Ajl)))))   :s*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on March 06, 2012, 05:19:10 AM
Madrona...what a lovely thing to have dedicated to AJL.  Thank you!  (what a gorgeous release)

(((AJL)))  Semi endeared herself to the MARS staff with her chatter and personality!  This is so fitting!   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 07, 2012, 02:37:38 PM
((((Madrona))), unlike Semi I am speechless.  :heart
Thank you so much - you know how much this means to me. 


(((AJL)))     How wonderful this is!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: churchlady on March 07, 2012, 06:59:29 PM
What an awesome tribute to our wonderful Aj!!! I will miss Semi's back chatter! what a character! But like our nest, it takes all kinds and so many gifts and so much love....thank you Ajl for all you do for us and for all the love you share with us, no matter how much we "chatter" back!!! Mad....what a wonderful, thoughtful gift for you to give! thank you...♥
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on March 07, 2012, 07:11:51 PM
thank you Valleybirds - wonderful video of Semi's release. I love the slow-motion segment where we see how confidently she leaps from the carrier and onto the log, assesses the situation briefly and then takes to the sky. Fly long and strong, Semi, our love goes with you ...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on March 07, 2012, 08:00:28 PM
:s*
Madrona &AJL
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 08, 2012, 10:04:42 PM
I don't know if any of you have seen this article, but thought there might be some interest. It's about an eagle nest tree that was cut down in Campbell River last month...

http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/141457733.html (http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/141457733.html)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2012, 11:56:28 AM
Thank you, Valleybirds.  Yes, we've seen and talked about that felled eagle nest tree and have the information in our Campbell River thread.  
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 09, 2012, 05:29:31 PM
The MLA for this area called Maj today to see if she could get some input about the issue of the nest. Apparently it's becoming a very big deal, even with the BC government!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2012, 05:38:25 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for telling us about that contact with Maj. She just the person who can provide good information. What does "MLA" mean?  A member of the legislature or a ministerial department?  (Please forgive me.  I live in the U.S. and don't know some of the abbreviations.)

Many of us are hoping that the authorities will come down hard on the landowner who had the eagle nest tree felled.  They need to set an example that will be widely broadcast so there is no doubt about the penalties and what will be done to those who ignore the protective laws.  Hopefully, they'll also pass stricter penalties and laws.

The neighbors in the video were very upset about the felled tree.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on March 09, 2012, 06:14:03 PM
I have seen suggestions of a man made post and nest spot put up in place of the tree.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 09, 2012, 06:15:47 PM
MLA is the Member of the Legislative Assembly (truthfully, I had to look it up, myself!). It's part of our provincial government - we elect reps in each area and Premier comes from the party with the most. Just like your Governor of a state. I think that this has gotten so much publicity that the landowner doesn't have a chance of getting away lightly. The mayor of Campbell River is very upset, too - he opened our EagleFest.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2012, 07:36:19 PM
Thank you, Valleybirds.  I think Joy said she had talked with the Mayor and that he is very unhappy about this felled tree.  Apparently his family watched that nest, too.

EMC, I hope that a post and platform are put up for the eagle pair, if they want to use it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 09, 2012, 10:21:30 PM
I have seen suggestions of a man made post and nest spot put up in place of the tree.

One of my relatives is a biologist who specializes in environmental assessments; the company she works for also helps to recommend mitigation measures when development is inevitable.

She says that those platforms are one of those mitigation measures that mainly makes the humans feel better. The eagles very rarely, if ever, use them. They usually move to another area. People have even tried moving the nest itself, the whole pile of branches, to a platform. That does not work either.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2012, 10:37:16 PM
That's interesting, Wren. In Germany, they build platforms for White Storks to build nests and have had success over quite a few years doing that.  I watched pairs of storks there on cams overlooking several different platforms where they built their own nests and fledged quite a few storklets. Both parents in each pair cared for three or four of their eggs and young ones each season until the young fledged and went to a nearby gathering place for the other storks their age.  After awhile they flew on their own to Africa with the other young storks!  The older adults fly to Africa on their own, rather than going with the young ones.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2012, 08:42:22 AM
Yes, platforms work for some species and not for others. Someone in another thread mentioned building platforms for ospreys. This would work much better because ospreys love to nest on top of things.

A stork nest would be an amazing sight!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on March 10, 2012, 09:19:05 AM
Artificial platform nests simply do not appeal to eagles.

A nest tree had to be removed for safety reasons at Fairwinds Golf Course in 2002. It could not have lasted much longer and it was thought much better to remove it before someone got hurt, including the possibility of it falling when eaglets were in the nest. The eagles always choose the oldest trees for their nests; these are also the trees most susceptible to failure in storms.

B.C. Hydro erected a platform nearby. The eagles ignored it and rebuilt their nest on another tree in the area. They have used it successfully every year. Eventually, the hydro pole and platform was removed as it was an unnecessary eyesore in a beautiful area near a small lake.

Having seen the news coverage of the area of tall trees where the Campbell River tree was felled, I think that an artificial nest platform there would be just as ugly - and also ignored by the eagles when there are other trees nearby.

Modifying a nearby tree to structurally hold a nest is a better option if the remaining trees aren't suitable.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 10, 2012, 05:04:03 PM
I have heard of a platform being built in a tree that needed reinforcing and actually being used. Eagles probably won't use a platform because they need the branches around the nest for the pre-fledge practice. 'Branching' as we all call it. Unless a platform had the right configuration of additional 'branches' it most likely wouldn't suit. Do you think that's part of the reason?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Blue on March 10, 2012, 08:25:03 PM
That could be why the eagles reject them - no branches - also that they are set out on their own instead of close to other trees.

I don't know that much about them, just the experience at the golf course and what I have read. A platform was erected at the Lafarge nest in Vancouver but the eagles don't use it. I have read of them being used in Ontario.

Perhaps our eagles are spoiled by having big trees around.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 10, 2012, 09:31:30 PM
No nearby branches could be the reason.  The White Storks don't branch before they fledge the way eaglets do.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on March 13, 2012, 04:59:27 PM
shhh you'd better tell the Sutton eagles that they're not supposed to use their man-made platform nest.
 :eclol


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2012, 05:03:14 PM
 :eclove    :chuckle
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: AJL on March 13, 2012, 05:30:40 PM
(Also the LaFarge eagles, a number of Florida eagles, the recovery project eagles in Ontario... shhh....).

Some will use them and some will look elsewhere but they've certainly had some success with platforms.  It is a shame that it is even necessary.  :ecnono
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 13, 2012, 06:39:53 PM
 :eclol Maybe they have a secret way to entice them in those areas!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 13, 2012, 08:17:03 PM
I would think the difference here on the wet coast is we still have lots of fairly big trees. The Eagles here are moving inland more than before, to find those trees. They would even I think, pick a dead old tree than a post. Not knowing the danger of it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2012, 08:29:20 PM
I would think the difference here on the wet coast is we still have lots of fairly big trees. The Eagles here are moving inland more than before, to find those trees. They would even I think, pick a dead old tree than a post. Not knowing the danger of it.

Passerne, I hope the eagles find plenty of food in lakes and rivers or will find animals like possums, rather than fish, if they are moving inland.   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 13, 2012, 09:53:33 PM
They will take big cottonwoods,too, when a Douglas Fir isn't available. On the west coast we probably have more choices that are more tempting than platforms.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on March 14, 2012, 10:07:13 AM
Many rivers & lakes on VI Tiger. I know of inland nests one by a marsh, another by a creek & one by a river. No matter where on the Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands the Eagle nests, the ocean isn't very far away.  As the eagle flies. Being opportunist eaters, there are many rodent type animals, rabbits, roadkill.

Overall the Island is still quite forested, waterfront is where a lot of the habitat disappears as people want waterfront too.

Wren heard of a nest in an Arbutus too, not sure if she found it though?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on March 17, 2012, 07:25:59 PM
This is the first of a series of pictures I took today at Simms Park, at the nest in the middle of Courtenay. I wondered how the eagle nest had fared there and it looks like it was lucky, but the 'twin' right next to it came down. check out the series - it looks very vulnerable and open, now.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150679793563114&set=a.10150489446013114.388666.119843378113&type=3&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150679793563114&set=a.10150489446013114.388666.119843378113&type=3&theater)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2012, 08:22:47 AM
The nest in an arbutus was part of a survey done in the 1970s around the Powell River Regional District. The man who was hired to do that work is a fellow Islander who always has some great eagle stories for me. Among the hundreds of nests that he found, cruising the endless shorelines of his study area, was one in an arbutus, the first one he had ever seen.

A pair of eagles who seemed to be establishing a territory next door to the Shingle Spits last year were showing great interest in an arbutus on Windy Point; but they never did build anything there.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on March 18, 2012, 02:32:27 PM
Thanks for the photos and update on Simms nest Valleybirds. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on March 18, 2012, 02:58:37 PM
Recent article about large eagle roosting and nesting trees being cut down and disappearing on Vancouver Island (I am sure this is happening elsewhere too)  Maj was interviewed for this article. 
http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/news/story.html?id=f57ac9de-ce34-4485-adc2-8f28b7aac867
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on March 18, 2012, 08:27:17 PM
That is a good article, joy - thanks for the link.

I am copying it here because it was short but interesting (and might disappear)

Eagle trees going way of the dinosaur
Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's all the more important to protect eagle nesting trees along the Campbell River waterfront because their numbers have been shrinking, says Maj Birch of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS).

"You drive along the road going into Campbell River and there's very few large trees left along the banks," she told the Courier-Islander. "That's (the eagles') prime real estate. They need those trees to perch in to see the food for fishing and hunting and feeding their families.

"It's just become more and more difficult. They've had to move further back, away from the ocean, which is their hunting grounds, to find suitable trees. It takes 300 years or more to grow a good eagle nest tree."

Late last month a big Douglas fir was illegally cut down from the top of the escarpment south of Rockland Road. The Conservation Officer Service is investigating. Meanwhile, Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway has promised the city will find a way to beef up its presently toothless eagle nest tree regulations.

Birch is glad to see the mayor on side.

"The mayor stayed at the Bald Eagle Fest for several hours," she said. "He gave our welcoming speech to the public as they came into our event. He seemed to enjoy himself and talked to many of the people who had displays. He seemed to really embrace the whole concept."
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on April 02, 2012, 08:39:40 PM
On March 19, I spent half a day volunteering at MARS.
Maj usually rewards me with a bit of participation with the birds at the end of my day... It's a very good system because it keeps me going back! She also lends me reading materials between times, so, between the two, slowly but surely I'm getting an education.

This time I had read about checking an bird's flight for symmetry and such... And Maj sent me into the mews for a practical!

The good people of MARS have had a welcome breather before nestling season: there was only one eagle in the mews. I took my small camera and took to heart Maj's instructions and warnings. I hugged the walls and tried to be inconspicuous. (My big camera makes loud shutter noises so I never use it near rehab birds. Nor do I use a flash, which is why those pics are grainy. High ISO does that.)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7040712219_2c094190bf_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7040712219_7dba53a6d6_o.jpg)


I could right away see the message here... Even for someone who has caught a couple of starving eaglets, an adult eagle getting back into her strength is VERY impressive at such close quarters.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/6894618522_b56639f3cb_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/6894618522_76b1348a11_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7040716645_ec3b83f745_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7040716645_cddaf867d6_o.jpg)




 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on April 02, 2012, 08:46:06 PM
Winterwren the experience is absolutely priceless.. you are giving and getting soo much thank you for keeping us informed of your progress  :eceek :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on April 02, 2012, 08:52:09 PM
The only other patients were a few gulls and this beautiful Great Horned Owl, whom I photographed through the mesh of the flight cage.
March 19
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/6894620776_8d61de830a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/6894620776_e638acdb1e_o.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7040719287_6783e9c15a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7040719287_bdc0d8f310_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 02, 2012, 10:16:29 PM
Aaah, Winterwren you are a brave soul! I have been stunned myself by the power of the eagles while trying to photograph them! Lucie is also quite  skittish and it's alarming to have her charging at you! Be prepared to duck and cover when they start to fly! Glad to hear that you're enjoying your time at MARS - hopefully I'll be around the next time you come... We have a high res video camera that's quite effective in the low light, luckily.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on April 02, 2012, 11:47:53 PM
Very very special Wren! The owl looks like a painting. You are very adventurous! :hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 03, 2012, 12:27:52 AM
What a wonderful adventure, Wren!  You are getting a real-life education in the best possible place!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 04, 2012, 08:42:07 PM
I have to share this...Part of MARS' mandate includes public education, in the hope that we can help prevent many of the problems that bring wildlife to us every year. Sandy Fairfield is our education coordinator and she always does a great job of engaging students, but sometimes a special teacher comes along who takes the lesson even further. Here's a wonderful example of how children can find a way to share the message. This video was made recently by Ms. C. Adair's grade 1 & 2 class at Willow Point Elementary school. They are great supporters and fund raisers - last year they raised $450.00 for MARS by saving and drying the seeds from ripe tomatoes, planting them in small pots and raising them in Ms. Adair's greenhouse until they were ready to transplant and bring back into the classroom. The students took care of them until they were sold in May and this year they hope to add strawberries and lettuce to the project. This class is a great role model to other kids!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RsSGPwCNy8
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 04, 2012, 09:02:56 PM
Wow, very impressive! Great job class  :thumbup:   Many can learn from their example. I want to put a link in our Everyone Can Help Category   :ecsmile

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?board=29.0
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on April 04, 2012, 10:07:22 PM
I just received the March edition of Wingbeats, MARS's newsletter, edited by Sylvia Stone. In it was the story of the Great Horned Owl and the eagle whose photos I posted just a few posts back!

The little town of Klemtu is on an extremely isolated stretch of the Central Coast of BC, which explains why the residents tried hard to care for Chaos, as he came to be known, before sending him on the long, long trek to Vancouver Island.

Interesting to learn that they sometimes use Crazy Glue for lacerations on birds' feet. Doctors sometimes use it on humans too, though it is packaged differently for that application and comes complete with a fancy medical-sounding name.  :mhihi

I had taken Nurmi, aka Lucie, for a female on account of his large, deep beak and his impressive size... Though any adult eagle seems of impressive size when he's practising his flying six feet away from you.

The newsletter is probably on MARS's website, but I can't seem to find it now... So I'm quoting the relevant passages from the PDF version I received by email. Hope it's ok. Let me know if it isn't and I'll amend my post.  :ecsmile




New Arrivals:  Great Horned Owl “Chaos”
 
Chaos, an adult Great Horned Owl, got his name because of his rescue—
or more correctly, rescues.  Chaos was initially found in the water by an
employee of Marine Harvest near Klemtu (on Swindle Island, BC) who
managed to capture the bird and dry him off on his boat.  When Chaos
looked like he was ready to take on the world again the next day, the
fisherman released him.  Chaos was only able to fly a short distance off the
boat when he ended up in the water again, so he was rescued again.  This
time he was taken home and by the next morning had chewed his way out
of the box, happy sitting on the dining room table.  After a second release,
Chaos made it a little further before (yes, you guessed it) he ended up in
the water again.  Chaos spent another night in the comfort of a large
plastic tote before being released one more time.  This time, he flew up to a tree in which his mate was waiting for him.  

Unfortunately, Chaos ended up needing help again and was
transported to MARS where he received intensive 24 hour care for
the first several days there.  Chaos was clearly suffering from emaciation,
which is usually a symptom of something else plaguing the body
and so Chaos was given drugs to fight intestinal parasites.  
Because Chaos is so emaciated, he has very little muscle on his thin build.  
Before he can be considered for release back to Klemtu, Chaos will
spend several months at MARS building up muscle by receiving a
combination of a nutritious diet and an opportunity to flex his wings and
fly in the Mews at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on April 04, 2012, 10:17:24 PM
 :puzzled2

Hmmm... Only half of the quote ended up being posted...

Here's the other half, about the eagle called Lucie or Nurmi.


To Be Released: Bald Eagle "Nurmi"
Nurmi (also known as Lucie, short for his latin name Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was
found in Merville in early March 2012 after combat with another Bald Eagle.  Nurmi
came in with marked leg weakness, his nails were shattered and the skin torn on
his feet.  We were thankful that radiographs taken of his hips and legs
showed no orthopedic abnormalities.
Although he was eating well and was able to fly when he came into MARS, Nurmi
could not walk properly because of his injuries.  Reg Wescott, Wildlife Rescue
& Educational Outreach Worker for MARS, indicates that the skin on a
Bald Eagle’s feet is extremely thin, which means that sometimes stitches
don’t always work and so glue is used to hold the torn skin together to allow it to heal. 
In Nurmi’s case, stitches are working to hold the skin together.
 
Nurmi, who was brought in at a healthy weight of 4.72kg,  has been
consistently eating well and by the middle of March he weighed 5.17kg (11.4 pounds). 
Once the skin heals on Nurmi’s feet, he will be released back into the Merville area.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 04, 2012, 10:45:56 PM
Thanks for posting that info, Winterwren, we aren't posting the newsletters to the website, it's delivered by email. I think that we are taking Lucie as a female, you're right about the size of her - a bit big for a male. Lucie is actually ready for release very soon!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 06, 2012, 12:59:14 PM
http://www.facebook.com/events/220990704659171/

Our Open House is tomorrow - if you're in the neighbourhood, come by and visit us!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: madrona on April 07, 2012, 08:39:29 PM
Today was a perfect day for MARS’ Open house.  It was sunny and warm, and on impulse I decided to drive up and check it out!  It was very busy – lots of families were there and Maj and Reg were easy to spot with their ‘Ambassador’ birds.

First we stopped by and saw Maj with Horus, the Red-Tailed Hawk.  They both looked radiant in the sun!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril013b.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril017b.jpg)

Then we strolled over to where Reg was attracting a small crowd with Shakespeare on his arm.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril021b.jpg)
Reg and Shakespeare (the one-eyed Barred Owl).

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/EarlyApril019b.jpg)
Shakespeare gets a cooling spray!

I believe that there was a release in the morning - a beaver?  And Maj indicated that there would be another release later in the day - Nurmi (Lucie) I believe, but I couldn't stay for it.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on April 07, 2012, 09:41:11 PM
wow how exciting  Madrona thank you for sharing your day with us!   :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 07, 2012, 09:49:20 PM
I didn't notice you Madrona, too busy doing tours! Here's the first pic I posted of the release of Lucie http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150725150183114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150725150183114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)

Video to follow...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on April 08, 2012, 08:43:09 AM
Took the liberty of copying your photo here Valley. Hope that's okay? :ecsmile

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/535643_10150725150183114_119843378113_9266986_385715293_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 08, 2012, 09:50:57 AM
Thanks, Passerine,

One day I'll do it properly!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 08, 2012, 08:54:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPLW2G7x1Q

In early March, 2012, Lucie (short for Haliaeetus Leucocephalus, the Latin term for bald eagle) was rescued from Nurmi Rd, in Merville. She had severe wounds to her feet and cracked and broken talons, probably due to a fight with another eagle. We assumed that Lucie was female due to her size and she had a healthy appetite, but needed time for her feet to heal. She couldn't fly because she could not stand to launch into the air. She was released April 7 and flew immediately towards home.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on April 09, 2012, 08:04:54 AM
I NEVER get tired of watching release videos!  Thank you MARS for all you do!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on April 24, 2012, 03:14:14 PM
Thank you Valleybirds, for the wonderful release video. Looks like Lucie got turned around in the carrier on the way there and had to get herself turned around again before she could get out. But once she did, oh my, beautiful take off. Love seeing the slow motion too - thank you so much. What Boodle said - me neither! Watched it three times!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 25, 2012, 05:01:19 AM


(((MARS)))  What a blessing to wildlife and to all of us!!  Gitchi Miigwetch for all that you do!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 27, 2012, 08:01:08 PM
I've deleted the video, due to spelling errors of Havro's actual name. I'll have to correct it and re-upload, sorry...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: beans on April 27, 2012, 08:55:32 PM
How very kind and thoughtful our chatters are!  A beautiful eagle, a beautiful release....  bravo!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 28, 2012, 03:13:22 AM
I've deleted the video, due to spelling errors of Havro's actual name. I'll have to correct it and re-upload, sorry...

Valleybirds, thank you for sharing the video of this happy release of Quinn with us, dedicated to Havo by our wonderful chatters.  He was very pleased when he was told that this would happen.  Eagles have a special place in his life.  :eclove

Note:  The screen name he uses is spelled "Havo" (no 'r').   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 28, 2012, 10:41:22 AM
Thanks, Tigerlady. I'll get it fixed and up today!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 28, 2012, 11:14:34 AM
Congratulations to Quinn. What a success story!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 28, 2012, 07:41:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr9c3Lk60_A

Here's the Quin release video at last. Sorry for the delays (dealing with a mother with a broken hip).

Quin came from the Quinsam River fish hatchery, near Campbell River in mid-November, 2011. She was severely emaciated and near death. We were not sure what caused her to become so ill, but her talons were an unusual, pearly colour. She may have experienced long-term malnutrition, possibly due to a toxin. On April 24 she was brought back from Orphaned Wildlife centre in Delta (where she was building her strength in their larger flight pen) and released near her home.
This release was dedicated to Henrik, alias Havo, of the Hornby chatters. (short for Havoern which is Danish for Sea Eagle) He is from Denmark and is an enthusiastic chatter on the Hornby Eagle Group Project Society webcam. Havo loves his eagles and a group of his fellow Chatters have donated to the release of Quin in his honour. You can learn more about Quin from her previous videos on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/marsbirds.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 28, 2012, 07:42:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRY3QQXud-I

Thought you might enjoy this one of our ambassador Otus, too. Turn your speakers on...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 28, 2012, 10:29:52 PM
Oh my, what a HOOT!  Love it! Thank you, Valleybirds! We have been trying to attract Screech Owls to our woods for some time, but their little house remains empty...would love some little Otuses in the neighborhood!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on April 29, 2012, 09:09:19 AM
Otis is even more adorable in real life.  What a treasure he and the volunteers (and MARS employees) who handle him are.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 29, 2012, 09:29:29 AM
Awww I could watch Otus dance forever. The music is a good match,  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on April 29, 2012, 09:34:12 AM
Thank you Valley! I appreciate the video and you keeping us informed.

Take good care of your Mom. Sending healing thoughts.

:hug
Rajame
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on April 29, 2012, 01:26:33 PM
I received this message from Havoern and was asked me to share with all who sponsored his Ealge Release.  You can find the video posted of Quin's Release on the Qinsam River last Tuesday.  Thanks for doing this for Havo.  I am glad we had a chance to meet on Hornby last summer duing the HIp Trip.

I kindly ask you to pass on my thanks to all involved, i simply can not forget this.

I AM HONORED

I could say a lot of things but keep it here with these words from the buttom of my hart. THANK YOU to all of you thinking of me in this situation. These few words more than cover the pride i fell.

I am proud as an Eagle flying in Gods deep blue sky crying out its joy over freedom and life.

Thank you Maj

Sincerely yours

Henrik
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 30, 2012, 11:02:49 AM
I was reading the story of Chaos again, the Great Horned Owl on your facebook page. An interesting blog by the rescuers there. What is the status of Chaos now? How is this magnificient bird doing?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on April 30, 2012, 01:49:04 PM
We are just trying to arrange transport back to Klemtu for Chaos. It's a full day trip and we'[re being helped by Marine Harvest - one of their employees provided his transportation down to us.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 30, 2012, 03:31:00 PM
So Chaos has recovered and is ready for release?  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: basenjimom on April 30, 2012, 03:41:18 PM
I received this message from Havoern and was asked me to share with all who sponsored his Ealge Release.  You can find the video posted of Quin's Release on the Qinsam River last Tuesday.  Thanks for doing this for Havo.  I am glad we had a chance to meet on Hornby last summer duing the HIp Trip.

I kindly ask you to pass on my thanks to all involved, i simply can not forget this.

I AM HONORED

I could say a lot of things but keep it here with these words from the buttom of my hart. THANK YOU to all of you thinking of me in this situation. These few words more than cover the pride i fell.

I am proud as an Eagle flying in Gods deep blue sky crying out its joy over freedom and life.

Thank you Maj

Sincerely yours

Henrik

Thank you everyone who contributed to MARS for this release.  We have not only helped to release an Eagle, we have helped MARS by providing funds to rehab and release even more birds, and have given a man who is gravely ill a chance to fly again, in mind and spirit, with his beloved Eagles

Thank you Hornby nesters.  You're wonderful  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on April 30, 2012, 03:52:08 PM
:wub perfectly said basenjimom  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 02, 2012, 10:25:38 AM
Thank you everyone who contributed to MARS for this release.  We have not only helped to release an Eagle, we have helped MARS by providing funds to rehab and release even more birds, and have given a man who is gravely ill a chance to fly again, in mind and spirit, with his beloved Eagles

Thank you Hornby nesters.  You're wonderful  :heart

I agree, EMC, Hornby nesters are the best!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 02, 2012, 10:31:56 AM
At MARS we're always looking for different ways to raise funds and I've been working with a woman who is part of a local choir to put together a concert. Next Wednesday MARS is hosting six local choirs at the Sid Williams Theatre, in Courtenay. Take Flight with MARS is at 7 pm on May 9th and tickets are $27. For more info, see http://www.facebook.com/events/369462023098309/ (http://www.facebook.com/events/369462023098309/) and then come and join us!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 04, 2012, 09:37:14 AM
MARS can win $25,000 in Shell Fuelling Change!

As part of our mandate to preserve and protect wildlife, Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society has proposed a project to study Great Blue herons in their natural habitat in Bayne's Sound and the Comox Valley, particularly during the breeding season. This initiative is important because Great Blues are a species at risk and their habitat is being threatened by human encroachment. There has never been a study of this kind done in this area.

Voting takes place at the site http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons (http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons) (Canadians only, unfortunately)

To vote, simply register with your email address (Canadians only) - you will be given a a certain number of votes when you sign up. Just press the 'vote' button to assign them to MARS. Please ask to be given updates because Shell will send you bonus codes regularly, which will give you additional votes to use. These can be redeemed by clicking on the link sent with them or go to http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/index


Every time you fuel up at a Shell gas station or buy any type of merchandise from Shell you will be given a code to redeem for additional votes. Please support us in this venture - spread the word, tell your friends and neighbours!

 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on May 04, 2012, 09:44:03 AM
great valley!   Does this include americans?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on May 04, 2012, 10:09:41 AM
great valley!   Does this include americans?

Boo, Valley's post says:  
... email address (Canadians only)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 04, 2012, 10:19:28 AM
No Boodle, Canadians only.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 04, 2012, 10:05:48 PM
Excellent fund-raising ideas, Valleybirds.  I wish those of us in the States could vote.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bluewing4 on May 05, 2012, 06:36:49 AM
 MARS is in 3rd place so far. So easy to vote and the password is sent quickly.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on May 05, 2012, 06:46:39 AM
Boo, Valley's post says:  
... email address (Canadians only)

 :couch2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 05, 2012, 09:04:40 AM
Nice looking confusion couch, Boodle!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on May 05, 2012, 09:38:34 AM
So wish we all could vote. Glad it is going good! We can promote it by facebook and anyone we know by email  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 06, 2012, 07:50:57 PM
Some fun for a Sunday night... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgyvRIt_IH8

At MARS we try to give our patients the best of care, providing them with as much comfort as we can while they heal. Here's a glimpse of a couple of them doing some of the things they like best and a clip of a male snowy owl in a courting mood at Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.).
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: winterwren on May 11, 2012, 11:21:57 PM
On Friday afternoon, I had another wildlife-rescue phone call. One of my neighbours had found, over the course of three hours, three Canada goslings, scattered along half a kilometre of road. One was walking north, one was walking south...  And the third one was caught in a fence mid-way.

As usual, I gave the caller the phone number for MARS. All I am here is the eyes and ears for our nearest and dearest rehabbers.

While we waited for a call back from MARS, I was lucky enough to find AJL on line, and by following her advice we soon had the goslings self-feeding (first meal was chopped-up garden greens served floating on a shallow dish of water, with a few bugs for dessert).


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7179899134_9cdd927216_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7179899134_9874e72b2a_o.jpg)
(Click on the picture to see how very soft and fluffy those little ones are...)

Here the goslings, after eating, are taking a nap in my neighbour's spacious pullet cage. Earlier they seemed to enjoy the sun, but I think that this pile-up indicates that it's getting a bit cold for them in the open.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7179903272_fcb21b1d3c_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7179903272_95fb923c04_o.jpg)


Geese usually have closer to a dozen babies, so I was assuming that the rest of the family had perished from a predator or some other misfortune, but AJL mentioned that the parents, capable of flight, might have escaped, and that reuniting the family would be the best outcome. I was wondering if the parents would accept their offspring after several hours or a day of absence, and some handling by humans, but apparently this is not a problem.

So I started thinking about large-ish ponds in the area... And sure enough, there is one next door to me, secluded in woods, and it happens to be roughly equidistant from where each gosling had been found.
A few phone calls later, we had additional advice and reassurance from Maj, and a neighbour who confirmed that she saw a pair of geese daily near her pond. So, while I left for work, my neighbours planned the attempt at reunion.

The method is simple: the parents recognise their offspring's voice, and vice-versa. So if you leave the goslings in the parents' territory, still contained safely in a box, warm and sheltered from predators, and watch from a distance, you can see if the adults react to them and draw nearer. If they do, then you release the goslings.

Lucky little ones: this plan, or a variation thereof, worked on the first try! The geese next door were indeed the parents.

I still think that something drastic must have happened to scatter those goslings so far afield, and that they had other siblings who were not so lucky. Still, it feels good to see at least a partial happy ending.


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on May 11, 2012, 11:36:53 PM
What a wonderful outcome Wren! You are my Hero! :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 12, 2012, 01:46:36 AM
Valleybirds, thank you for sharing your newest video with us.  They always are worth watching!   :thumbup:

Wren, you are a wonderful part of our H.E.A.R.T. team and keep doing rescues and arranging for things like this special family reunion of the goslings and their parents.  Ajl has very good advice and knows what works...thank goodness she is available when asked to share her knowledge with you and others who put it to good use.     :heart

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: birdvoyer on May 12, 2012, 08:05:13 AM
Thank you wren for being there. Bitter sweet ending indeed.     :v
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 12, 2012, 09:24:32 AM
An amazing story, Wren, just what we like to see happen when people are aware enough to get advice from people 'in the know' before bringing them to MARS. Congratulations!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: idahowa on May 12, 2012, 09:54:43 AM
What a great network of people helping people helping animals.  Who and what you know combine for wonderful results.    :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: wildkitten on May 12, 2012, 06:13:57 PM
What a wonderful story, with so many fabulous people to offer support, assistance, and encouragement!   :hearts2  (and with my sometimes twisted sense of ...reality?...I have to say maybe it's a good thing we can't see into the nest for feedings)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on May 12, 2012, 06:35:43 PM
Wow Wren,  you are a hero to those goslings...well done gosling support team! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Snookums on May 13, 2012, 10:19:15 PM
Cranky Crow Studios
We're running an online fundraiser from May 13 - 19. We'll donate $2 for every card sold, to support the folks at MARS - Mountainaire Rescue Society. Please help if you can!

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
www.wingtips.org
Our Mission is to rescue ill, injured, orphaned or oiled wildlife and transport for rehabilitation and eventual release those which have a chance for survival. We are primarily concerned with treating those animals.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 13, 2012, 10:44:15 PM
Thanks for the posting, Snookums! I neglected that...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 14, 2012, 12:28:22 AM
That's very generous of Cranky Crow Studios.  They have very nice cards.  Thank you for posting the information, Snookums.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 16, 2012, 05:54:42 PM
Take Flight with MARS was the first musical fundraiser for MARS and it brought together six talented local choirs, performing together for the first time at the Sid Williams Theatre, in Courtenay. This productions was the brainchild of Sheila Doncaster, a member of the Celebration Singers and her work was invaluable to the success of the event.

The choirs that performed were: The Jazzy jems Vocal Minority Unplugged The Ma'amx'inux Choir from Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary All directed by Wendy Nixon Stothert The Celebration Singers The G.P. Vanier School Choir Both directed by Jenn Forsland

Thank you to everyone involved for all their hard work and time!

Door prizes were supplied by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Rip Tide Grizzly Tours

Sid Williams Theatre Musical Fundraiser (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-Jd-6XzMNw#ws)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 16, 2012, 06:55:47 PM
We've slipped to 11th place on the Shell Fuelling Change promotion. Please spread the word and use those Shell receipts to redeem votes. I've heard that some people may be having trouble signing in or redeeming, please let me know what has been going wrong so I can look into it if this has been happening to you...  voting for Canadians only, unfortunately.

http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons#doc (http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons#doc)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 17, 2012, 12:50:17 AM
Valleybirds,  thank you for sharing the highlights of your wonderful musical fund-raiser for MARS!  I wish all of our Hornby eagles friends could have been there with you.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 25, 2012, 12:10:46 PM
Here's a glimpse of what life is like at MARS these days...

New MARS Babies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Pd4KlOF7U#ws)

Baby bird season has arrived in full force at MARS! We now have a flock of robins (12), three hummingbirds, three barred owls and more arrive daily. Please be aware that baby birds often end up out of the nest and on the ground before they can actually fly. This is normal and they do not need rescuing - if they are fully feathered and the parents are around, keep cats and dogs inside and children away from them. They'll be flying in a day or two...

Part of this video is quite dark and red-tinted due to the warming lights the hummingbirds are under.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 27, 2012, 08:51:22 PM

Thank You for Your Generosity! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lycz9-KTBY4#ws)

The incredible people of HEGPS got a special mention today at our AGM and they are credited in our Annual Report with providing so much help that it's hard to list it all. Here's a small start towards saying THANK YOU!!

"By the end of 2011 MARS was severely short of funds and on the brink of having to cut our rehabilitation services back to virtually nil. However, due to the support of many, many people and organizations who rallied to donate and support us, we have come through the crisis with a healthy outlook on the future. We have received a large amount of Gaming money which has helped this fiscal year, but all the small donations that flooded in when we were so in need are what really made the difference! To everyone who contributed to our continued survival - THANK YOU!

This video was made possible by a donation from the Coastal Community Credit Union's Coastal Spirit Fund. They donated $1500 in the summer of 2011 so we could purchase a video camera to bring MARS to life and share it with the world!
www.cccu.ca/Personal/ (http://www.cccu.ca/Personal/)"
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on May 29, 2012, 06:56:26 AM
Valley, thank you so much for posting this video!  I am very happy to learn that MARS is in a stronger financial place now  - the critters need you!

I took a screencap from the video _

(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/Aurospio/forums/MARS_5-28-2012.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 30, 2012, 11:38:07 PM
Eagle lovers beware - this is a heart wrenching video!

An Incredible Rescue! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMeuO1L6wuQ#ws)

Maj received a call in the evening of May 29th about an eagle tangled in kite string in a tree in Royston. The eagle was at least 40' up and it became obvious that a tree climber was necessary. At 6 am the next morning everyone assembled to watch Steve Harding of Timberwolf Tree Service, in Campbell River, climb up and free the eagle. He did this on his own time, as he has done in the past, for other birds. (warning - occasional swearing due to the tough working conditions).

The eagle is now in our care and will be monitored for any lasting damage. Once he has some rest and a respite from the stress of being trapped for at least 10 hours, hanging by one wing, we can assess his condition better. He has been designated Timberwolf, in honour of Steve.

Please remember, we never know what effect we are having on the wildlife around us - be careful around trees, especially. This apparently harmless kite string would have caused a lingering death for the eagle if he hadn't been spotted.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 31, 2012, 04:42:01 AM
Valleybirds, there are some very brave and good people in the world and Steve Harding certainly is one of them!  Thank you for sharing this risky effort to free a trapped eagle.  I hope that "Timberwolf" will do well under MARS' special brand of care.  Please let us know how he's doing.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Bluewing4 on May 31, 2012, 06:42:50 AM
 :heart Beautiful and Brave
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: auroradawn on May 31, 2012, 07:04:24 AM
Oh my gosh, that video was heart stopping.  Thank you for sharing that amazing rescue.  My thanks also to Steve.

Get well soon Timberwolf  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: idahowa on May 31, 2012, 08:16:58 AM
 :thumbup:  Great job as usual.  Thanks Steve & MARS!  Get well Timberwolf.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boodle317 on May 31, 2012, 08:29:54 AM
I am in AWE of Steve!  What a climb and rescue!

Valley.  we are dying to know.  How did Steve get that bird down the tree with no visable sign of a bag or gloves even!!!?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on May 31, 2012, 11:12:13 AM
Ditto Boodle! 

What an awesome job by Steve! Thank you, thank you.

Sure hope Timberwolf recovers fast and can be returned to his mate. Poor baby, just awful being trapped like that.  :eccry

After an initial bite towards Steve, the eagle seemed to know he was in good hands and being helped. :wub

We are aware of fishing line entanglement, but to see kite string do this is heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 31, 2012, 03:37:49 PM


Gitchi Miigwetch Steve, Maj, Reg and all.  Timberwolf has a better chance than many due to you compassion and dedication! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 31, 2012, 07:37:40 PM
This article answers the question of how Steve got the eagle down. He attached a line to him, without unwrapping the string, and lowered him down to Reg.
http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/155998305.html?c=y&curSection=/&curTitle=BC+News&bc09=true (http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/155998305.html?c=y&curSection=/&curTitle=BC+News&bc09=true)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on May 31, 2012, 08:48:20 PM
Thank you Valleybirds for a link to the article. Makes good sense, and sure hope he is releasable soon! It was interesting to hear what may be his mate calling during his rescue.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on May 31, 2012, 09:35:29 PM
http://video.cheknews.ca/services/player/bcpid1011606683001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAA4mHNTzE~,ejlzBnGUUKY1gXVPwEwEepl35Y795rND&bclid=975107450001&bctid=1666271644001 (http://video.cheknews.ca/services/player/bcpid1011606683001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAA4mHNTzE~,ejlzBnGUUKY1gXVPwEwEepl35Y795rND&bclid=975107450001&bctid=1666271644001)

More news, with an interview with Maj!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on May 31, 2012, 10:18:36 PM
Wonderful video and news clips... my hubby is an arborist so I know about climbing those trees... Steve did a great job and please thank him.... Timberwolf is a beautiful bird and hopefully all goes well for him and he can rejoin his mate...if that is who was calling .... I know he is in the best of hands... Again ty for all you do... GREAT JOB BY ALL  :heart

My one wish is that people would be more responsible with fishing line and kite string... grrrrrrr... it is so dangerous for wildlife.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: BBE on May 31, 2012, 11:47:10 PM
Thanks to all those involved in rescuing Timberwolf, indeed a beautiful bird.  May he recover well and be back with his frineds soon.

The video is great - such care and devotion. :ecsmile

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: ccfan on June 01, 2012, 06:08:39 PM
 :eclove MARS, Maj, Reg & Steve  :grouphug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: watermaid on June 01, 2012, 08:54:30 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful caring work and thanks for the great story along with pictures.   :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 03, 2012, 03:55:08 PM
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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 07:59:21 AM

Maj surprised the heck out of me by coming to the Hornby School to talk about Owls yesterday!
The first group of kids was all the pre-schoolers.
Then the older kids got the same talk.
Apparently Maj came to thank the kids for fundraising for the Owl Chaos!
He was the one they kept finding fallen in the water up north.
i was able to go & watch the fascinating talk twice!
Maj had a slide show with words & fotos & sounds, then she answered questions & THEN she brought out Otus!!
You shoulda heard the audience reaction each time!
i wish i*d video*d it.
Next time...

If you click on the Slide Show to make it bigger, you can see that Otus has a right eye injury from being hit by a car.

june 6 2012 - Slide Show - Otus


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7163210531/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7163210531/#)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 08:13:45 AM

june 6 2012 - Otus at the Hornby School

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7348479176_4a5127a5bc_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7348479176_487c8792f4_k.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7348479176/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7348479176/#)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 08:27:26 AM

june 6 2012 - Otus at the Hornby School

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8167/7163306653_30818c70f4_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8167/7163306653_54d807d0dc_k.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7163306653/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7163306653/#)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Cawatcher on June 07, 2012, 08:53:40 AM
Thanks to MARS, what a wonderful way for youngsters to learn about the plights of wildlife  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 08:55:00 AM

Maj was asked to explain why we mustn*t throw our apple cores out the window while we*re driving.

june 6 2012 - Maj at the Hornby School with Otus



june 6 2012 - Maj at the Hornby School with Otus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQpEIFdsjx8#ws)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 07, 2012, 10:12:39 AM
Wow, the complexities of things we think are fine... And are sooo not. I never considered a mouse eating the apple core, attracting predators near the road. Just thought of decomposing apple.

Ok, another change in thoughts and habits! Thanks Maj and booni
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 11, 2012, 02:30:02 PM
Thanks for sharing your pics and video, Booni! One day I must go video some of these school presentations, myself. I've got another video, though, that's kind of interesting - we've had an osprey in care for a very long time. He tangled with an eagle on April 22 and he's had a long healing process. He luckily landed in a bush after getting attacked (he flew between two eagles and one took offense), but he had a very long, deep gash in his side that kept tearing open, even with stitches. He's been requiring treatment every day, up until recently, when the wound finally became almost healed. He also has to be hand fed as he won't eat anything but live prey. Due to the confinement in a small enclosure and the necessity of keeping him dry up until now his feathers are not in good shape and he's very soiled with fish oil, etc. Last Wednesday Reg decided it was time to give him a good bath, using the oiled wildlife protocols.

Bath Time for the Osprey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuL_WuLqjMg#ws)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 11, 2012, 04:31:07 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for making and sharing this very interesting video with us. I remember when the osprey was injured and brought to MARS.

Reg keeps the birds so calm in what seems to be a very labor-intensive bathing procedure. Everyone was so focused on doing the best possible job and the osprey will be much better off now.  I hope the healing is completed soon and the lovely bird can go back to the wild.  :thumbup:   :s*

P.S.  It was nice to visit with you in the Hornby eagle chat room today!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 11, 2012, 05:53:31 PM
I just love watching your team work with the animals!  So much care and respect given to them.  :eclove

Love watching the birds respond to Reg's soft whistles too. You guys are awesome!

I bet the osprey felt good being clean... Getting his own self respect back,  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 11, 2012, 08:15:42 PM
Thanks, Tiger! Though it isn't nice being sick, it was nice to have the opportunity to hang out in the chatroom for awhile again.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: boonibarb on June 14, 2012, 07:19:19 PM

This is a bit of an old story, but i found the fotos for it so decided to post about it now.
Friends who come up for the summer called me up, worried about a Raven acting strangely in their yard.
He seemed to be limping badly, & was hanging about on the ground, even when there were people around.
My friends called MARS & were surprised when Reg told them to call boonibarb!  :mhihi
Reg suggested capturing the Raven & sending him in.
He said watch for the beak!
So i brought over the small carrier & the big net & my capture gloves.
Of course when i got there, he was on the roof & hadn*t been seen on the ground for a while.
So i took video & foto of him & tried to assess him.
i watched him hanging out in the cherry tree, eating cherries & bringing them to the roof to eat.
On the roof he did a lot of lying on his side & not much walking.
i ended up leaving the capture gear there after observing for a while.
Next day i spoke to Maj.
She advised, keep watching, hold on the capture.
Maj has amazing instincts, even over the phone.
She pegged this Raven as a youngster, a fledgling who had injured their leg & was favouring it.
She said youngsters get a little freaked out when they hurt themselves, they have never felt pain before & don*t know what it is.
She said watch & wait.
She figured he was eating too many cherries & needed some protein.
i offered some of the fish i had in the freezer, but she said something more like beef would be better.
So my friends put out some stew beef.
He took a piece & ate it on the roof.
They never saw him eat any more, but what they put out disappeared.
Then they never saw him again.
So it seemed likely that the youngster had hurt his leg somehow, & just needed some recoop time.
Thanks Reg & Maj!
The funny thing was, at this same time, we were worrying about Alexandra, who was also favouring a leg & limping & lying around a lot.
She just needed a bit of healing time too.

Slide Show - july 27 2011 18:34 - injured young Raven

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/7370896896_8e947b5d6e_o.gif) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/7370896896_8e947b5d6e_o.gif)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7370896896/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7370896896/#)



august 14 2011 - youngster Raven with injury



august 14 2011 - youngster Raven with injury (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_VF1pZn0xY#)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on June 14, 2012, 10:04:31 PM
Could the cherries have fermented & he was a bit tipsy?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Donnae on June 14, 2012, 10:38:17 PM
Interest Booni... I do hope that Raven made out okay...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 20, 2012, 11:41:07 PM
http://youtu.be/mcvKsDhd9lk (http://youtu.be/mcvKsDhd9lk)

After only three weeks Steve (the tree climber who came to his rescue) had the pleasure of releasing Timberwolf back to his home in Royston. This release was also dedicated to Dotty Bywaters, from her friends in the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society - a lovely woman who will be missed by her eagle watching friends. Fly with the eagles, Dotty!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 21, 2012, 12:00:14 AM
What a beautiful release!  Dotty would have been so pleased to see Timberwolf fly free, back into the wild.  It was very fitting to invite Steve to help release him, too.  Altogether, a very happy result we can celebrate because of MARS and Steve.  Thank you for sharing it with us!    :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on June 21, 2012, 12:21:38 AM
Thank you MARS! You are miracle workers! :hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 21, 2012, 05:13:47 AM

MARS....Gitchi Miigwetch for ALL that you do!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 21, 2012, 10:56:05 PM
One of our newer patients - for all you eagle lovers!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150980069848114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150980069848114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 22, 2012, 12:03:11 AM
Awww what a sweetie. Will some of your other eagles be able to mentor/foster this one?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: paintnut on June 22, 2012, 04:07:02 AM
MARS just posted on their facebook page that they are falling behind in the Shell Challenge - for all Canadians please go to this link and vote for the Great Blue Heron project.  You are allowed 10 votes and get extra votes if you buy Shell gasoline.

http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons (http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/342/Into-The-Blue-Map-Roosting-Feeding-Habitats-of-Great-Blue-Herons)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 22, 2012, 10:01:00 AM
The wild eagles come and go so we can't count on even having an adult when this little fellow gets bigger. O.W.L. has a few unreleasable eagles and at least one of them is a very good foster parent, so that's a very good possibility for him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on June 22, 2012, 10:15:23 PM
MARS new addition. What's the story Valley on how he ended up at MARS?

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 22, 2012, 11:25:19 PM
The little fellow fell out of his nest, somehow. He was found on a popular walking path and his only injury is a scrape on his back - a very lucky baby! He's off to O.W.L. to live with one of their unreleasable eagles who is a very good foster parent. I'll miss seeing him grow up, but he'll be well looked after.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 22, 2012, 11:51:14 PM
Valleybirds, thank you for letting us know that he's going to be okay and will be raised by a good eagle foster parent.  That's good news!  Now he'll have a promising chance to get ready to live in the wild.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 23, 2012, 06:52:30 AM


Great news for this little one!  I hope that you can get some updates from OWL as to how she is doing!!  Do you think it will be returned to your area for release when ready?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 23, 2012, 10:59:20 AM
Ohhh OWl has to give us updates! Need to see this little one progress, please... :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 23, 2012, 11:27:28 AM
They don't have the papparazi that we do (Sandy and I), but they do often give us updates. The osprey we had is there, now, and they phoned to let us know he's eating on his own, for instance. The laws in BC regarding wildlife require that we return our patients to the general area that they were found, unless there's a very good reason not to, such as overpopulation or dangerous situations. We'll definitely get the little fellow back and I'll get to video the release!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 23, 2012, 11:43:37 AM


Oh gitchi Miigwetch Valley!!  Really look forward to hearing and seeing it all!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 23, 2012, 02:21:33 PM
We are really happy that MARS has papparazi.  :biggrin3 :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: peppy7 on June 26, 2012, 10:35:20 AM
Has that little eaglet been given a name?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: NancyM on June 26, 2012, 11:38:17 AM
I just read a post made on Sunday on Facebook that the (nameless) Eaglet has traveled to O.W.L.  and is being introduced to a foster Mom Eagle:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150985139373114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150985139373114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)


quote:
Little Eaglet and I had a very safe and quiet journey back to O.W.L he enjoyed a little snack on the ferry, and then, when we arrived at O.W.L, there was a wonderful meeting with his new Foster Mom Curly. They are both all snuggled in together now. ♥ I am sure there will be pics to follow. Such a talkative little guy :-)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on June 26, 2012, 01:58:55 PM
:wub. Awww all snuggled in with foster mom eagle already! Wow, what a great foster eagle.  :eclove

Please some pictures would be wonderful. :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 26, 2012, 06:56:30 PM
No identifier for the little guy since he was unique. O.W.L has promised us updates and photos - we demanded them, actually!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 26, 2012, 06:59:27 PM


Looking forward to every tid-bit!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 26, 2012, 07:14:48 PM
Hope we'll be able to learn more about his progress since Eaglesonly is at O.W.L. now.   :nod2   Nice to know he has a good foster mom.   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: passerine on June 30, 2012, 02:06:50 PM
Nice that they took to each other, very special.

Couldn't help but post the picture here from FB, he is a darling.

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on June 30, 2012, 02:34:11 PM
Thanks, Tiger! He was cute - I'll have to post the video of him, too.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 30, 2012, 04:09:41 PM
A video of the little one would be very nice, Valleybirds!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 01, 2012, 08:10:58 AM
Baby Talk at MARS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ps_rsEM3s4#ws)

Spring is baby season at any wildlife rehab or rescue facility and we've gotten a few babies this year that are a bit uncommon for us. The just-hatched Great Blue Heron chick that survived his long fall after an eagle dropped him and an eaglet that fell from his nest, are just two of the special babies we've seen so far. Each species has its own sound, usually when they're being fed or handled...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 01, 2012, 09:17:56 AM
Valleybirds, thank you for sharing this delightful video of the baby birds being fed at MARS!  It's a very labor-intensive process for the youngest ones!   :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 01, 2012, 09:19:45 AM
Thank you! That is extra special. MARS!! You rock!! Thank you Valleybirds and MARS for all you do. You are all extra special! :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 01, 2012, 09:21:38 AM


Wow...Oh wow....That is priceless!!  Miigwetch MARS for being the wonderful, special fantastic place that you are...and for allowing us to peek into your world!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 03, 2012, 10:10:10 PM
Another FB picture - Curly watching over her foster baby at O.W.L. The eaglet's feathers are getting so dark!

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/577423_10151006345143114_1987833266_n.jpg) (http://)
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151006345143114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151006345143114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater)


(Edited by madrona to show image)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 04, 2012, 01:42:15 AM
That looks like an ideal place for the two eaglets to recover and be able to go back to the wild.  Linux and this little one are very fortunate to be cared for at O.W.L.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Majee on July 04, 2012, 01:17:38 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/07/04/bc-eagle-nest-replaced.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/07/04/bc-eagle-nest-replaced.html)

Remember the eagle nest tree that was illegally cut down in Campbell River in March? Well, there's been a happy ending to the story for the eagles - neighbours got together and rebuilt part of the nest in another tree...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Rajame on July 04, 2012, 01:43:09 PM
Such an amazing outcome. I am so thankful that the neighbors were impressed to make a difference and did so!!! Beautiful story and it is true!  :thumbup: :hearts2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: joyofdogs on July 04, 2012, 03:45:21 PM
This is another article in a local Campbell River paper.

http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/news/story.html?id=706efa50-73e9-4f93-a03f-e38467427c11 (http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/news/story.html?id=706efa50-73e9-4f93-a03f-e38467427c11)


(http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/media.canada.com/157ccc88-d038-4a4c-b40b-818d8519d682/new-nest-1.jpg) (http://)
A healthy young eaglet perches in a man-made nest

Edited by madrona to link to picture of eaglet in nest
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2012, 04:15:33 PM
Yay, thanks Joy! There's also a report on the local news at 5 pm tonight - CHEK TV
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: emc on July 04, 2012, 05:55:05 PM
Super news! Yea to the neighbors and friends for making this happen.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2012, 07:29:04 PM
http://bcove.me/xi4rsexu (http://bcove.me/xi4rsexu)

Here's the CHEK news story with some video...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 05, 2012, 05:40:09 AM


Miigwetch Valley!!  I am so grateful to all of the "follow-ups" that you give us!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: PamNY on July 05, 2012, 07:36:37 AM
What a wonderful story about the rebuilt nest. I'm chuckling thinking about the eagles watching humans build a nest.

So glad there was a happy ending!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Valleybirds on July 05, 2012, 06:27:51 PM
The latest video about our tiny Great Blue Heron from our local community channel, filmed Tuesday...

MARS Great Blue Herons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw8VcU__Ggw#ws)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 05, 2012, 11:48:41 PM
Thank you for the very nice GB Heronlet video, Valleybirds.  Hope the little one thrives at MARS!   I wish that those of us who live in places outside of Canada could vote for MARS in that challenge!   :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
Post by: gzebear on July 06, 2012, 12:57:45 AM
Wow, that story about rebuilding the nest for the eagles in Campbell River is amazing! Thank you for sharing it. And thank you, Janis McDougall, for seeing what could be done and doing it. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 01, 2012, 08:55:08 PM
Another interesting release or rescue (I haven't quite decided what it falls under!) was performed by Steve Harding, our tree climber volunteer today.

On July 28th a young eaglet was rescued from dense brush at the bottom of her nest after a failed attempt at fledging. Nicknamed Millie, the large 'baby' (assumed to be female due to her size) was very high strung and agitated in captivity. Since we knew exactly where the nest was and there were no siblings to disturb, a decision was made to place her back in the nest. With permission from the Ministry of the Environment and the help (actually he did all the work!) of Steve Harding of Timberwolf Tree Services, in Campbell River (250-923-0769), Millie was placed back in her nest on August 1st. Reports from the 'neighbours' are that mom reappeared within an hour and began to deliver food.

Rescue or Release? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrBaAEXxuhs#ws)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on August 01, 2012, 10:04:06 PM
Wow, that is some tree to climb. After you fight your way thru the bramble that is, lol. Good job team!  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 01, 2012, 10:21:31 PM


WOW
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: madrona on August 01, 2012, 10:38:39 PM
Wonderful story!  Thanks for posting the video and telling us about Millie.  Steve really is a dedicated eagle rescuer/releaser!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on August 01, 2012, 11:00:16 PM
Oh!  I have a new Hero (yay, Steve!).  Great job all around!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on August 01, 2012, 11:19:19 PM
Wonderful story with such a happy ending... Millie must be very happy too... Great job Steve, my hubby being an arborist, I can appreciate that difficult climb... ty so much to all involved!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on August 02, 2012, 09:33:30 AM
Steve is wonderful, at the beginning he says Maj never finds me easy trees to climb. :ecsmile Big TY to Steve & Mars, you all are great. :wub

Wonder if it's easier climbing up or going down?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 02, 2012, 03:05:22 PM
YAY!  What a great story! Let's hope that Millie has better luck next time she tries to fly. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on August 02, 2012, 03:08:32 PM
Did you all hear the one about Reg and the Garbage Truck Rescue??


Check beans' post in the "Stories of interest" topic: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=192.msg115166#msg115166 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=192.msg115166#msg115166)


Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: ccfan on August 03, 2012, 08:33:47 PM
 :heart X 1,000,000,000
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: paintnut on August 04, 2012, 04:41:01 AM
All I can say is WOW!!  Another happy ending for an eaglet and MARS!!  (giggled over Steve's comment - Maj doesn't ever find me an easy tree to climb)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: gzebear on August 05, 2012, 04:30:32 PM
Thank you, Valleybirds, for the wonderful re-nesting story! Yay Steve! Yay MARS! Yay Millie!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 06, 2012, 07:52:35 PM
]I know how everyone loves Reg videos so here's one with a bit of a difference. We had a booth at our local festival (Nautical Days) and I caught Reg and Scarlett dancing to 'Calendar Girl'...  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4161004877043 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4161004877043)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on August 06, 2012, 10:02:45 PM
 That's great :giggle Reg & Scarlet rocking.  :music
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: winterwren on August 09, 2012, 09:32:10 AM
Some interesting news about Otus, one of MARS's beloved education birds:

http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/article/20120807/COMOX0101/308079997/-1/comox/little-owl-big-mission (http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/article/20120807/COMOX0101/308079997/-1/comox/little-owl-big-mission)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on August 09, 2012, 11:50:55 AM
photo of Otus - (http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GW&Date=20120807&Category=COMOX0101&ArtNo=308079997&Ref=AR&maxw=288)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 09, 2012, 08:21:10 PM
I completely forgot to let our Canadian Hornby connections know about the Bonus Code for the Shell Fuelling Change voting challenge. Just in case you don't know about it here it is and it's case sensitive... fch-62GvIc  Here's the link again in case you haven't signed up to help us win the $25,000 http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/index (http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/index)  You need to sign in or register if you haven't already and then choose the big red button 'redeem codes', enter the code on the right hand side and then find us by putting mounainaire avian rescue society in the search box. Hit the 'vote' button and you're done! Too bad it's only for Canadian addresses!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on September 05, 2012, 06:38:59 PM
We've got another unusual eagle case at MARS.  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4297701254367 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4297701254367)

This is a clip of our sad little eagle with the tremors from the effects of a dogfish spine. He's one of this year's fledglings and may have even picked up the spine from food brought to his nest. He's feisty and has a good appetite and is now being treated with antibiotics in hopes of ridding him of the tremors that he's been left with. We don't know how long the spine was embedded in his leg, but when the vet removed it it had quite a bit of deposit around it. Maj has been trying to locate someone with experience with this sort of condition in a bird, but hasn't found anyone. Any eagleholics out there with knowledge of fish toxins and their aftereffects?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on September 05, 2012, 06:40:51 PM
(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/c99.0.403.403/p403x403/304969_10151140556413114_1545427662_n.jpg) (http://)

Here's the dogfish spine that was removed from the eagle's leg.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: PamNY on September 06, 2012, 07:51:32 AM
What a sad looking eagle! I hope it's possible to help him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on September 06, 2012, 12:13:34 PM
What work safe BC suggests.
http://www2.worksafebc.com/PDFs/fishing/treatment_guidelines_marine_puncture_wounds.pdf (http://www2.worksafebc.com/PDFs/fishing/treatment_guidelines_marine_puncture_wounds.pdf)

I'm sure Maj knows all this but for others if it should happen while fishing or diving.

Wishing the Eagle the best!  :goodluck
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: jeavverhey on September 06, 2012, 12:52:49 PM
I am; so impressed by the number of dedicated and caring people who really go the extra mile to save and protect our wildlife.  Thanks to Steve for doing it, and to Passerine for sharing this with us all. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on September 22, 2012, 07:04:46 PM
Not too much going on these days, eaglewise, at MARS. We have two juveniles, the one with the tremors that had the dogfish spine in her leg and a male that was returned to us from O.W.L. after being fostered by Curly. He went there as a half-grown eaglet and returned a handsome young eagle!


(http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/185182_10151167838928114_1739382639_n.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 23, 2012, 07:31:48 AM


Miigwetch Valleybirds for posting....and for ALL that you MARS does for all the critters!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on September 23, 2012, 08:53:33 AM
Valley I'm assuming you will be releasing the returned eagle when the salmon spawn starts? The treatment for the dogfish spine seems to have worked. How is he doing?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on September 23, 2012, 12:18:44 PM
Yes, Passerine, we're waiting for the local salmon runs to return, along with the resident eagles before releasing the male juvie. The female with the tremors is not completely better - she doesn't shake as much when she's perched, but has a real balance problem when walking. We're hoping that continued support will cure the shakiness, but this is a new problem and we have no precedent for recovery time or prognosis.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Cawatcher on September 23, 2012, 01:57:26 PM
Tahnk you for the update Valleybirds
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 02, 2012, 10:00:42 AM
We're trying to get funding from another source that involves voting - Canadians only again, unfortunately. People can vote every day from now until October 15th to help us get funding for a flight pen camera and some security upgrades for the facility. Here's the link... http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)

Thanks!

Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 02, 2012, 11:03:24 AM
Thanks for letting us know, voted & favored to remember daily. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 03, 2012, 10:17:55 PM
All you Canadians out there, don't forget to vote daily for MARS. They are at 178 votes & 125 supporters, we need more. http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 04, 2012, 05:58:42 AM
I've voted daily and I am not in Canada, so GO FOR IT!   :whistle
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 04, 2012, 09:01:09 AM
That's great news Fairie, good, seems all NA can vote.  :thumbup:
  

ETA - Baysis said Brits can vote too. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: basenjimom on October 04, 2012, 02:29:40 PM
Calling all voters!!!  Everyone can vote!!!  US and Canada!!  The organization has to be Canadian, but everyone can vote!!

PUT THE WORD OUT   :thumbup:   VOTE EVERY DAY   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: gzebear on October 05, 2012, 02:00:35 AM
ohh, I will gladly vote! But I seem to remember from one of these deals a while back that everyone could 'vote' but only Canadian votes - or maybe it was a U.S. thing - were counted. Where's the fine print?

okay, the fine print: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/about/termsandconditions#generaltc (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/about/termsandconditions#generaltc)  doesn't say anywhere that you have to be Canadian to vote, just to enter your organization - it's a little confusing. And the MARS website says only Canadians can vote. But I voted anyway. And posted it on Facebook. I'll vote every day and hope it counts.  

thank you MARS for all you do, I hope you win BIG!!




Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on October 06, 2012, 10:27:23 AM
Voted - hope it helps!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 06, 2012, 12:00:04 PM
Thanks Opiek, it all helps & we can vote daily till Oct 15.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 08, 2012, 05:23:09 PM
Thanks to everyone who's been checking on the Aviva voting! The rules and regs said Canadians, but I'm glad it's not necessary. We also still have the Shell FuellingChange vote and that's getting away from us - we've fallen to 10th and the ones ahead of us are gaining all the time. That one has to be a Canadian address to register.

But, we have good news - another release on a gorgeous Fall day!

Baby Goes Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PklPA06LuQI#ws)

This little eaglet came to us in June after he fell out of his nest and was found on a popular walking path. We were unable to locate the nest and it appeared that he had been pecked, possibly by an aggressive sibling, so he may have been driven out of the nest.  He was sent to O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife), in Burnaby, after a couple of weeks for fostering by their resident Bald Eagle, Curly. He came back for release as a very handsome juvenile in September. When the salmon began running in the local streams we released him, on a beautiful sunny day in October.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on October 08, 2012, 07:38:04 PM
Wonderful to have a story with a happy ending!  thanks to O.W.L. and MARS!

I also saw the little video of the shaky eaglet - he does not look releasable (?)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 08, 2012, 09:28:25 PM
We're not sure about the long term prognosis for the shaky girl - no one has encountered this  before. She is slowly improving and can actually flap to a lower perch, now. As long as there's progress we'll keep hoping...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 20, 2012, 11:25:10 PM
Ready, Set, Vote!

Starting Monday we have a second chance to get into the semi-finals to receive funds from the Aviva Community Fund. We're applying for $10,000 to replace our flight pen cameras and upgrade some of our security systems. Please vote every day and help us with these much-needed improvements!
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)  

P.S. The rumor is that some American email addresses are working for voting, too!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 22, 2012, 10:00:50 AM
Voting has begun for Aviva! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 22, 2012, 10:28:46 AM
Great news yous got in on a second round, voting daily. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 24, 2012, 11:17:58 AM
Well, Passerine, it's actually not a good thing to be in this round...we have three chances to get in the top 30 so we move on to the semi-finals. We were down around 170 after the first round... I'm hoping we'll do better this time!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 24, 2012, 11:21:51 AM
(http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/269523_10151215077963114_82548293_n.jpg) (http://)

Pssst....hey you....yah, you.... Have you been voting for MARS??
 
Cameras in our flight pens would really help with observations when we're relaxed or if the good people that are helping us need to know if we're recovering....so, vote, please....thanks!

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 27, 2012, 11:55:50 AM
Semi says vote for MARS!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4sijjBx0Rw#ws)

Semi says vote for MARS!!
I finally figured out what Semi was trying to tell us! She knew we were planning our Aviva competition proposal, so helped us make a little commercial for it. Please vote for MARS and so we can get flight pen cameras to monitor patients like Semi! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742
 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
This is one of our more colourful patients, sub adult Bald Eagle Semi, who was hit by a truck on New Year's Eve 2011.Here's more about her..


http://youtu.be/2GsLC-0ameI (http://youtu.be/2GsLC-0ameI)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 29, 2012, 08:55:29 AM
Well, Passerine, it's actually not a good thing to be in this round...we have three chances to get in the top 30 so we move on to the semi-finals. We were down around 170 after the first round... I'm hoping we'll do better this time!

We're at 71, do you need to be at 30 to get into semi finals?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on October 29, 2012, 09:38:42 AM
Yes, we need to hit 30. Just need to keep the momentum going!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 01, 2012, 10:37:42 AM
5 days left on daily voting http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742) yesterdays rank was 68.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 01, 2012, 10:44:26 AM
Thanks Passerine for the Aviva plug! We were also in the Shell FuellingChange challenge and it's over - we finished in 10th, there was just no movement for the last few weeks. We don't get $25,000, but will get $10,000 just for being accepted in the contest. The money will go towards studying the winter feeding and roosting habits of Great Blue Herons in our area, a species at risk in BC. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 01, 2012, 10:48:00 AM
Thanks Passerine for the Aviva plug! We were also in the Shell FuellingChange challenge and it's over - we finished in 10th, there was just no movement for the last few weeks. We don't get $25,000, but will get $10,000 just for being accepted in the contest. The money will go towards studying the winter feeding and roosting habits of Great Blue Herons in our area, a species at risk in BC. Thank you to everyone who voted!

I'm happy you at least get something from Shell. Our Herons need all the help they can get. I had trouble receiving votes but used all i got.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 03, 2012, 06:22:03 PM
Duke's Amazing Rescue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw19huaYWPA#ws)

Another great Reg rescue!

One of our supporters, photographer Dan Delucry, spotted an injured Bald Eagle at the Oyster River while out taking pictures and called us, remaining to watch the bird until we got there. As soon as Reg and Grant approached it the eagle jumped off the bridge it was on and fell in the raging water. Reg had to quickly scoop the bird out of the water with the net before it was swept away. Once safe, the bird was untangled from the net and wrapped in a towel. The Bald Eagle, named Duke by rescuer Dan, was taken back to MARS, his bare back was carefully washed, then he was left to get warm and dry under a heat lamp. A short examination didn't reveal  any injuries besides the missing feathers and possible bruising on his back. This eagle probably wouldn't have lasted long in the cold, wet Fall weather with so much of his insulation missing.

Please note, the video was taken by Pat SCOTT, not Smith!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 03, 2012, 06:42:50 PM
Way to go Reg & Dan  :thumbup: Poor fella, least he's in good hands now with MARS. TY for video Valley!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 04, 2012, 11:04:10 AM
Is there a way to get more votes in the Aviva after you run out of your 15? Wonder if that is why voting has dropped off?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 04, 2012, 12:36:09 PM
No, EMC, you get 15 to use as you like. You can use them all up in one day if you spread them around to 15 ideas, but if you support just one, you have to use them once a day and that would take you to the end of the competition voting, anyway. Not to worry, we've got another chance during the third round, starting November 12. It's stressful, though. I'm running out of funny comments and photos for Facebook!

And, just to add some more confusion and stress, BC Hydro has a competition coming up involving voting for your favourite video. Of course, I've created one for that, too. It seems to be the way of the world these days that grants are voted for, not just applied for. I'll be posting the link to our video soon, as that competition starts on November 7th, if we've been accepted into it. Here's the info about it, though... http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/?WT.ac=comm_champs_%20link2 (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/?WT.ac=comm_champs_%20link2)

Thanks, Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 04, 2012, 02:10:42 PM
You're doing a great job Pat! The way I first read it, it seemed like we had 15 votes a day to use. Glad I didn't do that. :eceek  But it did seem like you could vote for several and use them that day. I joined late unsure if we in the US could vote, but seems like we can in this one. Hope so!  :biggrin3

ETA: Just read the rules on the bc hydro competition; only BC residents can vote

Get the word out to all your BC resident friends
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Rajame on November 04, 2012, 04:50:09 PM
Incredible video. We love MARS! :hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: ccfan on November 05, 2012, 07:46:08 AM
 :thumbup:  You guys are so selfless and amazing.  If you just post the MARS Aviva link daily a bunch of us keep sharing it so it keeps moving up the screen. :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 05, 2012, 09:07:22 AM
Good plan, Rajame. I've been hesitant to hound people, but it does seem to be the most effective method! I need to put together some media coverage, for sure for the next round.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 08:46:54 PM



During my recent trip to Hornby I had the pleasure of going to MARS with Booni, Donna and Chester.  What a fantastic day it was!  We got to meet Brinley,  and tour the facility.  Maj, Donna, Booni and I went to meet Auroradawn and her husband and then we joined Reg and Pat at a local restaurant where we had a birthday lunch for Reg!!

Brinley

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8159890213_9120953e00_o.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8159890213_fe3003a2ec_k.jpg)


Reg brought Brinley out to meet the crowd.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8204/8159923456_cb425293bf_k.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8204/8159923456_cb425293bf_k.jpg)


Look at the size of those feet!


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8159888381_677e72a638_k.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8159888381_677e72a638_k.jpg)


Strike a pose...or two...or three....



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/8159887515_cc5af3a318_k.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/8159887515_195579b2d8_h.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/8159886575_c24eec31ed_k.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/8159886575_470517962f_h.jpg)


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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 05, 2012, 08:55:06 PM

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/8159917196_518b79971d_o.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/8159917196_e7472e996b_h.jpg)


Reg lights up when he is handling any critter!!


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Maj came out to join us.


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We said good-bye to Brinley...


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and headed off for a Birthday lunch, where Reg enjoyed a deep fried cheese cake and ice cream!


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A group picture....then back to Hornby!


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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: joyofdogs on November 05, 2012, 09:47:10 PM
Thanks for posting those great photos Mishi.  Can't believe it is Reg's birthday again - seems like just a few months ago he had one. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 05, 2012, 09:48:10 PM
Great pictures, Mishi! That was a great lunch!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 05, 2012, 09:53:25 PM
(http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag38/MARSbirds/DSCN6838535x800.jpg) (http://)

Here's Duke today, enjoying the warming light (that's why the colour's a bit off). Duke is looking comfortable and the large patch of missing feathers is hardly visible now that he's dried out. But, here's the question, just for fun...Reg thinks Duke is a large male, judging by size. However, now that all his feathers are dried and fluffed, I'm wondering if Duke is actually a female. I don't know if you've noticed, but females seem to have a messier 'hairdo' and a larger beak. Duke seems pretty bouffant to me and that beak is, well, large. Tomorrow Reg will be doing beak measurements to find out with a good chance of success. So, what's your guess...male or female?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 06, 2012, 07:57:01 AM
My guess is female too. :ecsmile

I'm sure glad Duke is doing better. Any guesses to what happened to the back feathers? Animal attack or from the water? Was Duke emaciated?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 06, 2012, 08:22:37 AM
We don't know what happened to Duke to remove all his/her back feathers. There's not much damage to the skin, so they were most likely pulled out by something - maybe another eagle. Except for the missing feathers and bruising, Duke's healthy. A mystery, if only they could talk!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 06, 2012, 05:15:08 PM
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I'm not sure if any of the Hornby followers saw my FB posting yesterday - Reg and I were 'arguing' over whether Duke was male or female. I thought female and he thought male. I turned out to be right, based on measurements of the halux and beak depth. So, we now have a female eagle that just doesn't suit Duke anymore!

Maj visited the Hornby chat last night and it was suggested that HEGPS followers have a fundraiser in memory of Booni Barb’s beloved companion, Dooki, who won the hearts of many eagle lovers all over the world.  It was to be a Duke/Dooki memorial fundraiser, but the eagle's rescuer has given us permission to rename Duke to Dooki, in honour of Booni's faithful dog.

We can accept donations in Dooki’s name to help with the rehab of this eagle and they can go to MARS' Canada Helps donation page. http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370 (http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370). All contributions will be collected with a recognition on our “In Memory” section of our WEBSITE (an upcoming new page) and a note will be sent to Booni to let her know the results.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 07, 2012, 11:43:09 AM
From Mishi:

HEGPS followers would like to commemorate a dear friend by sponsoring the care of Duke, the Bald eagle recently admitted to MARS. Maj Birch has honoured him by changing the eagle's name from Duke, to Dooki.

Dooki was a Good Dog -- a dear companion to his human, boonibarb, and a valued member of HEGPS ground crew and of HEART (Hornby Eagle Advanced Rescue Team).
He accompanied booni on photo shoots and ground observations forays, always ready to alert her to the whereabouts of Mom and Dad Hornby. When grounded birds were reported, he helped in the search by pointing booni to them while maintaining a respectful, compassionate distance.
He also contributed to supporting wildlife rehabilitation by allowing his special cookies to be sold as a fundraiser.
Dear Dooki, we will always remember you, and dedicate this rescue in your memory.

Duke / Dooki can be sponsored at MARS by contributing to http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370 (http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s71370)

I've also created a new page on our website called In Memorium and Dooki's is the first entry.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 07, 2012, 12:21:31 PM

What an honor for Dooki ; and for HEGPS to have a part in helping MARS and this brave eagle to recover.

 :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 07, 2012, 02:00:30 PM
We have more exciting news on the MARS front! I created a video for the BC Hydro Community Champions campaign and we got the word last night that it was accepted. It's another voting challenge and we know how you love those! This one is easy, though, you just go to our link and press the button that says VOTE (white button with green lettering). NOTE: THIS IS ONLY FOR BC RESIDENTS. Somehow it must filter the votes, let me know if you try it and get a message.

http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 07, 2012, 02:35:22 PM
Beautifil, wonderful video, MARS is great I hope you the best in the hydro contest.  :heart Voted.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on November 07, 2012, 04:07:23 PM
Wonderful video!!! You folks certainly do a lot and it is clear from the video - I truly hope you win.

I am not in BC but pushed the Vote button and got a Thank You message- the filter must be further down the line.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: AJL on November 07, 2012, 05:31:33 PM
Valleybirds, the video you've crafted is wonderful! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 07, 2012, 07:57:04 PM
 :blush Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: MaggiesMom on November 08, 2012, 08:51:00 AM
Wonderful video - so sorry I can't vote but I'm ready for the next Aviva round!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: gzebear on November 09, 2012, 06:45:56 AM
Lovely video, Valley - nicely done! Best wishes for success with BC Hydro!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 11, 2012, 12:40:45 PM
It seems a person can vote more than once a day for the MARS video hydro contest. I voted 3 times today twice yesterday. That said I'm not sure they will all count but worth a try.
Nancy was able to vote too from USA also not sure if it will count but also worth a try. :ecsmile

Link to vote  http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 11, 2012, 03:11:57 PM
You're right, passerine, there seems to be a glitch with the Hydro site, not sure what's going to happen with that. Hopefully it won't affect our standings - if only we knew what that was. No vote meters, unfortunately, kind of takes the fun out of it!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 11, 2012, 04:03:12 PM
I agree it would be nice to see totals, hard to tell if we're moving along or not.  :really
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 11, 2012, 04:37:02 PM
Just in case any MARS lovers are stuck for Christmas presents, I've been working on our CafePress site and have a bunch of new images on it. It's a work in progress... http://www.cafepress.com/marscomoxvalley (http://www.cafepress.com/marscomoxvalley)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: idahowa on November 12, 2012, 08:43:46 AM
That was a great video!  I especially like the hummingbird banding.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 12, 2012, 09:42:03 AM
New page link for video voting http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)  :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 12, 2012, 11:23:54 PM
Aaaannd Aviva voting is back on again! We're in first place in the small funding category - can we keep it up?? http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2012, 01:04:50 PM

This is a continuation of Mishi*s report of our visit to MARS one day in october.
Reg had brought out Brinley the Great Horned Owl to show us.
He was also practicing with bringing her out, as she is new to MARS.
i believe she was already an ambassador Owl for another place, & was transferred recently to MARS.
Here he is holding her while he talks.
 
october 19 2012 12:36 - Reg talking, holding Brinley the Great Horned Owl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYUPsHGFFtU
 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2012, 01:15:24 PM

i believe Brinley the Owl has some damage to the top of her beak from rubbing on the cage, it was said?
 
Slide Show - october 19 2012 12:37 - Reg with Brinley the Great Horned Owl
 
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8197897440/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8197897440/#)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: gzebear on November 18, 2012, 02:00:43 PM
ooooo, love that slide show, booni - those ear tufts are so cool to see close up!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2012, 02:05:54 PM

october 19 2012 12:42 - Brinley the Great Horned Owl

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In this foto it is cool that you can see the liquid space between the outside cornea of the eyeball & the iris colouring!
 
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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on November 18, 2012, 02:24:21 PM

october 19 2012 12:48 - Brinley the Great Horned Owl
 
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Reg noticed the Owl looking skywards.
Turned out there was a large Hawk soaring overhead that the Owl had spotted!

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Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 18, 2012, 06:12:19 PM
I love Brinley's Muffstache too  :eclove. Doesn't it look muffly? Gorgeous, thank you for sharing  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 21, 2012, 06:52:39 PM
Maj was interviewed November 21 by one of the CFAX 1070 Victoria radio hosts about the influx of Snowy Owls on Vancouver Island. We've had four owls brought to us, but they've been in such poor condition that only one has survived. He has been called Oscar and is slowly being introduced to solid food again. He's tube fed every four hours, even through the night and it will be a long recovery for him if he survives. Maj also mentions our Open House on November 24th, towards the end - ambassadors Brinley (Great Horned Owl), Shakespeare (Barred Owl) and Horus (Red-Tailed Hawk) are pictured. The videos show Reg feeding Oscar, then spraying him for parasites with Marielle's help. (the videos were taken with the GoPro camera, bought for him by Mishi and the only reason it's a bit grainy is that I zoomed it and have a terrible video editing program - it takes great video and Reg loves it!) Pat S. is shown assisting with the Trumpeter Swan. Most of the photos are mine.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S6pEUpmvbU

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on November 21, 2012, 07:43:20 PM
 
FANTASTIC video & interview!
Thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on November 21, 2012, 08:32:52 PM
Valley girl... great work!!!! agree with booni... get video and interview!!!! 

P.S. I so enjoyed my trip to MARS and Hornby... and our lunch together... ty!!!

Wishing you well with the fundraiser, and yes I vote everyday!!!  :nod2
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 22, 2012, 06:26:38 AM
What a nice news story, and even a plug for voting!
       (Nice hat, Maj!)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 25, 2012, 08:00:11 AM
Two more days to vote on Aviva http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742) There are 3713 votes to date  :thumbup: We're in the 22nd position.

Don't forget about the Hydro vote too here http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)

Great interview!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 25, 2012, 05:29:52 PM
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/556877_10151263542188114_1934262584_n.jpg)

This is a picture I took today of a melting Brinley while Reg scratched her head. She loves it!

Re: the Aviva voting...it'll be ending at 12 Noon tomorrow, Eastern time - the last day is from midnight tonight Eastern time to 12 noon, so only 12 hours long. Here on this coast it's from 9 pm to 9 am. Now, as to how they're going to figure out where the votes have been coming from, I have no idea! People just registered with email addresses and they can come from anywhere, so who knows! I guess we'll find out in a few days. At this time we're FIRST in the small funding category so we should get into the semi-finals. Then we'll have to promote like mad, so be ready!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 26, 2012, 01:08:41 PM
Yay!  I'll just keep on sending in the votes!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 27, 2012, 08:28:50 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE1gBQPrNsk

Reg has charmed another bird - he has found Brinley's favourite thing, head scratches!

('Invalid youtube link' Link re-posted by madrona)

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 27, 2012, 09:45:37 AM
We're going to have to call Reg the Bird Charmer or Bird Whisperer  :mhihi  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on November 27, 2012, 12:52:55 PM
I was just looking thru MARS Cafe Press and they have posters, etc of last years Snowy available. Such a gorgeous creature.

Here is their link to Cafe Press click on Owls on the Left to find the Snowy

http://www.cafepress.com/marscomoxvalley (http://www.cafepress.com/marscomoxvalley)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on November 27, 2012, 02:30:26 PM
Thanks Emc, I see some christmas presents. :ecwink
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 29, 2012, 06:00:21 PM
We made it into the semi-finals in the Aviva Community Fund challenge! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)

Voting starts December 3rd at 12 noon Eastern time. Do US votes count? They appear to, there doesn't seem to be a filter, but I'm not publicly 'encouraging' US voters in case it causes a problem for us.

BC Hydro voting is still on, too. http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars) They also seem to have no filter and they have no standing info on the site. *sigh*
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on November 29, 2012, 08:36:17 PM
Good news, Valley, about getting to the semi-finals!  Congratulations!

You are doing a superb job keeping this competition in front of all of us  ... keep going!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boodle317 on November 30, 2012, 06:48:35 AM
We made it into the semi-finals in the Aviva Community Fund challenge! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)

Voting starts December 3rd at 12 noon Eastern time. Do US votes count? They appear to, there doesn't seem to be a filter, but I'm not publicly 'encouraging' US voters in case it causes a problem for us.

 

Oh gosh...this is worrisome....US votes can cause a problem???  
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on November 30, 2012, 08:28:14 AM
I honestly have no idea! There's no filter so all the projects will have the same issue. How will they be able to tell where they're coming from? My policy is to remind everyone that it's for Canadian voters and it's up to the voter if they want to try voting. We haven't been eliminated and there must have been scrutiny already, sooooo....? We're not breaking the rules, in my view.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 02, 2012, 11:49:16 AM
(http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag38/MARSbirds/DSCN79822800x674.jpg)

You WILL vote for MARS on Aviva every day, starting tomorrow!! And you will LIKE it!! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
BC Hydro, too! http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on December 03, 2012, 02:36:16 PM
Aviva sent me a reminder to vote  :dunno. so..... I'm voting....

Voting on the Aviva Community Fund needs stepping up, the competition is really tough this round. Everybody needs to do the best they can.

 :pray
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 03, 2012, 04:58:25 PM
I say just go for it, since they haven't seemed to figure it out!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 04, 2012, 07:28:26 AM
(http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag38/MARSbirds/DSCN8059800x600.jpg)

This is the second of a pair of eagle combatants rescued yesterday. This one has fewer wounds and wasn't bleeding profusely but one of the injuries is fairly large. Wouldn't you vote to see that face more often? http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742] [url]http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://[url)[/url]
BC Hydro, to update our education programs and equipment... http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 04, 2012, 06:23:51 PM
This was the other one of the eagles rescued yesterday - she was some feisty, aggressive bird! Even Reg had trouble handling her.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0mKuFWxup8
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Cawatcher on December 05, 2012, 08:58:22 AM
The Comox Valley's Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society: Maj Birch with shakespeare live on Jet FM 98.9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZdZWZigyc
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: auroradawn on December 05, 2012, 09:28:32 AM
That was a great interview, thank you for the recording.  Here is a picture from Jetfm's Facebook page of the visit.

http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s480x480/399219_545208398842170_945783383_n.jpg (http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s480x480/399219_545208398842170_945783383_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s480x480/399219_545208398842170_945783383_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 05, 2012, 11:30:03 AM
Cali you are the best!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on December 05, 2012, 11:47:49 AM
Way to go Valleybirds and MARS. My votes are in. Good luck.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: MaggiesMom on December 05, 2012, 12:10:57 PM
my votes too - and everyone in my office as well - or no paycheck!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on December 06, 2012, 07:56:41 AM
Great interview! Thanks Calli, wonderful to have a pic of Shakespeare while we listen. You are the best!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 06, 2012, 06:46:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ8drKEX6qE

Oscar is being fed mice regularly throughout the day - we haven't found his daily limit, yet. I think he's up to about 8 and still eating them all, three at a time. The only thing that he has trouble with is the tails - I looked up lemmings and theirs are very short, so it's no wonder! Please vote so you can watch Oscar recover - http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742 (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
And BC Hydro (only one vote a day from BC residents will count, according to the regulations) http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars (http://el.bchydro.com/communitychampions/entries/view/mars)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 09, 2012, 10:16:17 AM
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4730115904463&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater# (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4730115904463&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater#)

Another interesting patient arrived at MARS on Friday.
Pelicans are fairly habituated to humans since they hang around harbours and areas where people fish. It's necessary to toss the fish to them so it's a good thing they don't mind being observed eating! It is a bit comical how our Brown Pelican deals with a mouthful, though. This will be another long term patient due to the large wound on his neck and the tear in his pouch. Please vote to watch his recovery http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742  (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13742)
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Post by: madrona on December 09, 2012, 10:33:05 AM
CTV Vancouver had coverage of MARS and the brown pelican on last night's news.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/brownpelicanonthenews.jpg)

CTV BC: Brown pelican spotted on Vancouver Island   http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=823096&playlistId=1.1072053&binId=1.821957 (http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=823096&playlistId=1.1072053&binId=1.821957)
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 13, 2012, 09:48:39 PM
More on Tuffy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glv5PLOAqZ8
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on December 14, 2012, 08:35:23 AM
What a shame Marielle is having to leave, what a sweetheart her excitement is contagious. Great interview. Wishing the best for the Pelican.

How's Oscar?
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 14, 2012, 07:48:19 PM
Oscar moved to a bigger pen today so he can get some exercise, he's doing very well. We also have some news on the financial front
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151292094678114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater# (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151292094678114&set=a.182946798113.124633.119843378113&type=1&theater#)

It's been another exciting day at MARS! We got confirmation that we won $10,000 in the BC Hydro video contest. We also had a visit from two gentlemen from Myra Falls mine, in Strathcona, and they presented Reg and Brinley with a cheque for $7,500. Wow, thanks Myra Falls and BC Hydro and thanks to all our supporters for their votes!
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Post by: emc on December 14, 2012, 08:35:04 PM
Fantastic!! :heart
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Post by: auroradawn on December 14, 2012, 08:48:53 PM
This is such good news!!!!  Well done MARS  :thumbup:
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Post by: BBE on December 14, 2012, 10:59:14 PM
MARS, two pieces of wonderful news. Well deserved, and like all of you; I am delighted.

 :hooray :s*
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 15, 2012, 05:52:25 PM
Reg's Go Pro allowed him to get some up close footage of a pelican feeding. That pouch is impressive!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4761960580560&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4761960580560&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater)

And Reg loves the camera! He's always wearing it.
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 16, 2012, 10:30:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grT9TWWbVGI

More adventures with Reg!

In early December two Bald Eagles were found floating in the Quinsam River, in Campbell River, struggling after a fight over food or territory. They were fished out of the water after half an hour of observation by a resident and MARS was called. Reg and Marielle brought the two eagles back to MARS to be checked over, dried out and warmed up after their long ordeal. Fortunately, their wounds were not serious, though one had a cut on her leg that was bleeding freely and had to be wrapped until the bleeding stopped. Both were large females, one obviously just coming into breeding age, with one black feather remaining on her head. They were judged to be recovered the next day and were released back home.
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Post by: idahowa on December 17, 2012, 07:42:43 AM
More great video!  Thanks for everything you "guys" do!
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 17, 2012, 11:25:28 AM
We got confirmation today that we did not make the Aviva Community Fund finals. Ah well. I've chosen not to put a Donate Now button on their website for our idea as the fee for donations is 7%, more than twice what Canada Helps charges. If you do choose to donate to us, please use the blue "Donate Now' button on our Facebook page or our website, www.wingtips.org (http://www.wingtips.org). This link is for Canada Helps. We also accept old fashioned cheques in the mail or you may phone us and donate by credit card. Thanks to all our supporters for your help - we gave it a good try!
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Post by: NancyM on December 17, 2012, 03:33:25 PM
Great video, Valley!  You really do an excellent job with the videos and I have learned a lot from watching them.  

I'm sorry that MARS did not get into the Aviva finals, you sure could not have done a better job of keeping everyone reminded. We had a couple of chatters who really pushed and spread the word for you too - maybe next time!
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Post by: MaggiesMom on December 17, 2012, 07:00:42 PM
really sorry you didn't make it to the Aviva finals - you were certainly deserving!  We'll yell louder next time!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on December 17, 2012, 08:15:57 PM
Ah well, no Aviva, but...it was a great, Christmassy day at MARS! We received $1200 for this beautiful painting of everybody's favourite ambassador, Shakespeare, for one thing. http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/65177_10151296852033114_690253535_n.jpg (http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/65177_10151296852033114_690253535_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/65177_10151296852033114_690253535_n.jpg)
It was painted by renowned local artist, Sharon Lennox, who donated it to us. (She also
has another portrait of Shakespeare on her website http://www.myartclub.com/artist6.php?red=artist&xyz=1824&artpg=0 (http://www.myartclub.com/artist6.php?red=artist&xyz=1824&artpg=0)) The painting was on display at the Whyte's Framing & Gallery event, recently, and another local artist fell in love with it and made a generous offer, which was happily accepted.

I also walked in the door to find a heap of stuff from our 'Wish List' on our website - not just one or two things, but ALL of it, in cases! It was donated by BC Smoke Shop, in Victoria, and was a great surprise! We've also been getting lots of sponsorships and donations as Christmas gifts so we're doing much better than last year at this time. In fact, we won't be closing any time soon!

I should also mention that we thought we wouldn't get a Gaming grant this year because they seem to be cutting funding to environmental groups, but we received $25,000 for our educational programs and $10,000 for rehabilitation. Though less than the last grant, this goes a long way towards funding Reg's Educational Outreach work and our internship programs, among other things.


(edited to show the picture  ~ NancyM)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on December 17, 2012, 08:54:28 PM
Wow Valleygirl that is an awesome painting!!!!Looked at her website also... very talented lady!!!!

Good news on wish list and also grants. I so remember last year when it was feared that you may have to close... thank goodness things are
looking so much better for MARS... you all deserve this... you do such amazing work and I sure enjoyed my visit there that day and lunch afterwards.
Keep up the good work.. but I don't need to tell you that ... you will  :biggrin3  Thank you for all you do!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on December 17, 2012, 10:45:53 PM
Valley, that is fabulous news!  Congratulations to all of you at MARS. It is really terrific to see people stepping up to help!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: auroradawn on December 18, 2012, 07:29:21 AM
That is fantastic!
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Post by: Valleybirds on December 19, 2012, 10:41:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQiIrVaRD_U

Reg so loves his GoPro! He's captured Tuffy's antics again...
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Post by: Sandor3 on December 20, 2012, 10:39:37 AM
Thanks for Tuffy's diving demonstration, Valleybirds!  He is looking much better.  Can you tell us how the tear in his pouch will be healed?  Thanks for all MARS does!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on December 20, 2012, 11:05:04 AM

Valley, that*s a fantastic video!
The music suits it perfectly.
LOVE how Tuffy steps up to the scale so readily!
& he doesn*t waste any time downing his fish quota.
What a cutie-pie.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 06, 2013, 07:54:12 PM
I neglected to share the news that Tuffy was sent to Wildlife Rescue Association, in Burnaby, where they have good facilities for waterbirds. I contacted International Bird Rescue and they responded the next day so Reg was able to speak to them on the phone about our stray pelican and they were the ones that suggested WRA. Both great organizations! Tuffy was becoming much less cooperative, which was good. He was actually starting to grunt at us and make some threat postures, so was obviously feeling better. They trouble with pelicans, is they need water to be healthy and we just don't have the facilities!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 06, 2013, 07:57:46 PM
Great news today! Dooki was released back to her home on the Oyster River.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8CP3HftntA

Dooki is a female adult Bald Eagle, rescued on November 3 at the Oyster River, in Black Creek, BC.  She was spotted by a local resident, in distress and unable to fly. MARS was called, but the eagle jumped into the river to evade capture. Fortunately Reg was able to pull her out and her problem was obvious. Somehow she had lost all the feathers on her back and was bruised and scraped. The wounds weren't deep, but she was unable to fly due to the bruising and she limped for quite a while because of a large scrape on one hip. We still have no idea how these injuries happened.

Dooki was released just over two months after her rescue - her black feathers were still coming in, but she had a good growth of down and white feathers so she should be able to maintain her temperature.

(Originally named Duke, we discovered Dooki was a female and she was renamed in honour of Boonibarb's dog)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on January 07, 2013, 05:52:19 AM


Gitchi Miigwetch for this post...and ALL that you do!
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Post by: boodle317 on January 07, 2013, 06:24:04 AM
Wonderful release!  Fly free Dooki!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2013, 09:29:28 AM
I weep for these wildlife. How and why things happen, we may never know.

Eight years ago now,we were adopted by our cat Misha, nursed her through illness, the birth of her babies and got her spayed. It is a long story. She was not litter box trainable in any way possible. After cleaning up 32 pee spots in our living room, she had to go outside. We put a cat door in our garage to ensure she had a place to go to keep out of the weather. Several months went by and we were all in love. One day Misha was gone. We posted notices everywhere. Called all the vets in the area. On day 16 she returned. It was amazing. She looked pretty rough, but she settled in our arms and slept for hours. A few days later, I noticed she was drooling a lot. A crazy amount. We went to the vet and the vet looked in her mouth. A section of her tongue had been cut out. The best way I can explain is that 1/3 of her tongue was missing. The cut was in the shape of an L. She healed and is still with us. We have since moved and she lives in Mr Raj's shop and they are best friends. She has found a way to eat and drink with a lot of her tongue missing. What happened to Misha during those 16 days? We will probably never know. But, what we do know is that she is in our care and we love her.

Rehabbers have a special place in our hearts. We know that the wildlife that are found by you are loved to health or loved as they depart this life. Thank God for you!

Hugs,
Rajame
:hug

PS. If Mods want to move my post to a more appropriate spot, please do. Thanks.
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 08, 2013, 07:26:35 PM
Oh My, Raj, what a story!
 My sister has a kitty who lives in her hubby's workshop, too (A veritable Kitty Palace, I might add!) for the same reason.
                               (((Misha)))              So glad you have her.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Rajame on January 08, 2013, 08:53:41 PM
(((Faerie Gardener))) Thank you! :hug
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 08, 2013, 10:07:37 PM
If only they could talk to us!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 09, 2013, 02:46:41 PM
We get lots of inquiries about how to tell the ages of eagles so I put together an album on our FB page. If I've made any mistakes with it, please feel free to let me know as I'm no expert!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151336050718114.496922.119843378113&type=1&l=51a2fbda7d (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151336050718114.496922.119843378113&type=1&l=51a2fbda7d)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 09, 2013, 06:13:44 PM
thanks for the pictures,  always good to have a reference
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 19, 2013, 07:47:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8WBH8f062k

Lazo is a Bald Eagle that's in his fourth year, with the beautiful colouring on his head as it changes to white. He was fished out of the ocean off Lazo, where he was struggling to swim to shore. He arrived weak and exhausted, with drooping wings and only a small wound on one wing showing for injuries. X-rays didn't show any broken bones. What was wrong? Maj suspected electrocution and she turned out to be most probably right. The wound on the wing got worse, as electrocutions do, with the flesh essentially 'cooking'. Lazo is very feisty and likes to talk, like Semi. When his wound is cleaned he's most comfortable without a hood and doesn't struggle if he's cradled by Reg. However, capturing him is much more of a struggle!

In this video Pat S. cleans the wound with saline and sprinkles sugar on it, which acts as a natural antibiotic and helps the skin to regrow. Birds don't form scabs with skin growing underneath, as mammals do. If a wound scabs it will often not heal and no new skin will replace the scab.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 27, 2013, 05:27:07 PM
Another release video...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqLrlvnRsGE

On January 7, 2013 two sub-adult Bald Eagles were hit on Inland Island highway near Hamm Rd in Merville, BC, minutes apart. One of them did quite a bit of damage to the car and yet only had a wound above one eye to show for it.. X-rays showed no other damage and so she was watched for symptoms of a concussion, which were minor. After two weeks, Hamm was deemed well enough to release, far from the highway.
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Post by: NancyM on January 27, 2013, 09:48:50 PM
Lovely!  The release is the best part to see.  Thank you so much for taking the time to edit and present these stories, Valley!

What is the story on the second eagle?

And how is Lazo doing?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on January 28, 2013, 06:01:22 PM
The second eagle is Dovey and she is standing now and able to move around without too much of a balance problem. We're hoping that she'll  grow stronger and fully recover with a bit more time. Lazo's wing injury is going to be a long time healing - it's got a lot of skin to regrow, but it is making progress. He's still getting pain meds and carries it drooping, but it must be painful. Reg has made him flap and his muscles do seem to work, which was a worry if he was electrocuted, as Maj believes. He seems depressed, but who wouldn't be, shut in a small enclosure, with people doing things to you every day?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 03, 2013, 04:10:56 PM
Just a reminder about EagleFest and MARS' photo contest...

EagleFest is sponsored by BC Hydro and the Eagle Radio station.
EagleFest has been a MARS hosted event for eight years and this year's theme is 'Unsung Heroes', where we honour the local people of Vancouver Island that care enough to make a difference for individual wildlife or to help preserve their habitat. There will be programs, information and displays for children of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We'll have notable guest speakers and an opportunity to meet wildlife ambassadors and their handlers - this year we'll be offering the opportunity to have your picture taken with them, too! It's a chance to discover wildlife viewing and appreciation of our eagle neighbors, how to live with them in THEIR territories and to learn about who is doing what for wildlife in your neighborhood.

For more info on EagleFest and the photo contest, please follow the link...http://wingbeats.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=369:2013-eaglefest-campbell-river-bald-eagle-festival&catid=124:2012-campbell-river-bald-eagle-festival&Itemid=118 (http://wingbeats.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=369:2013-eaglefest-campbell-river-bald-eagle-festival&catid=124:2012-campbell-river-bald-eagle-festival&Itemid=118)
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Post by: Valleybirds on February 03, 2013, 04:13:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKBE9hSMap0

Oscar was rescued in mid-November, 2012, emaciated and exhausted from a long flight from the Arctic. Over two month later, he's finally healthy enough for release. Here's a glimpse of him in the flight pen, which has been divided so that the Bald Eagles have most of the space. The eagles can be noisy if they bang the tarp barrier that separates the two sections...
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Post by: emc on February 03, 2013, 10:15:32 PM
Oscar is gorgeous. The eagles did startle him, but he kept hold of his meal! Good job on that Oscar.  :biggrin3

Has he learned to catch the mice? You have to provide for yourself soon here Oscar, you're a big owl now.  :duck

Soooo glad he has done so well.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on February 03, 2013, 10:53:12 PM
Oscar is gorgeous - a real testament to MARS and the protocol that returned him to health.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 04, 2013, 09:07:54 AM
We are so grateful to AJL for making us part of the emaciation study and testing! Her research has contributed to saving so many of our patients that  we're sure would never have survived, otherwise. The most recent one was a Great Blue Heron that couldn't even stand, it was so weak. We were sure he'd die overnight. But he's now out in a flight pen and well on the road to recovery!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 06, 2013, 12:11:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_-brxG6J2I

Lazo still has lots to say and is still handled nearly every day while his wing wound is treated. He doesn't care if it's a one-sided conversation...

Lazo is a Bald Eagle, probably male, judging by size, in his fourth year, going by colouring. He was rescued from the ocean and was unable to fly. At the time of his rescue there was just a small wound on his right wing, but it began to increase in size and depth within a few days. This is often a sign of electrocution, as the wound will continue to 'cook'. He will be in care for a long time as the large patch of flesh and tissue regrows, but it's clean and shows no sign of infection, he's also a strong and feisty bird.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 07, 2013, 08:21:52 AM


Valley...
Miigwetch for all of your wonderful posts!!  What a treat to see Lazo chatting up a storm!!  He does remind me of semi....or maybe it is just that they somehow determine that MARS IS THE PLACE to be if you need some help!!  Many thanks to you all for all you do!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 08, 2013, 09:40:14 PM
Here's another incredible story of eagle survival....


This video (taken by Sandy R.) shows the amazing progress that Dovey has made after being hit by a car on the highway on January 7. She lost the use of her legs due to a concussion or neurological issues, but still had feeling in them. She slowly got to the point where she could stand and has been out in the flight pen for about a week, where she is flying from perch to perch and getting better at using her legs. She still has a stilted gate, but we're hoping that will improve.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200234547219983&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200234547219983&set=vb.119843378113&type=2&theater)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on February 08, 2013, 11:59:22 PM
Wonderful success stories Valleygirl... first thing I thought of when watching Lazo was Semi... made me smile. Dovey looks like she is doing amazingly well and I do hope she will continue to improve. I saw the video of Oscar's release which always makes me crying and smile... tears of joy I might add. Hopefully he finds his way home and lots of food on the way !!!

Thank you all for the wonderful work you all do and giving these birds a second chance!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 09, 2013, 06:51:02 PM
The trouble with working with wildlife is that, for all the successes, there are failures, too. I am feeling terribly sad because our chatty Lazo had to be euthanized today, when a large new wound opened up, farther down on his wing. This wound was far more severe, affecting the tendons and muscles, and may have been the entrance or exit wound of an electrical burn , which didn't manifest itself until then. Recovery and release was deemed not possible, by a vet, so the decision was made to humanely euthanize Lazo. The only option seemed to be to amputate his wing, which would have left him to live out his life in captivity (if we could find a place to accept him), with no way of flying at all. Not a happy existence for a Bald Eagle and he's already suffered enough....Pat
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: peppy7 on February 09, 2013, 08:26:34 PM
This is so sad, I don't envy you your job sometimes. But at least he's not in pain anymore.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 09, 2013, 09:16:00 PM
Thank you for letting us know, Valleybirds, about Lazo. Such a sad ending but far better than if Lazo had not been rescued.   RIP, (((Lazo)))    :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 10, 2013, 06:27:14 AM


Miigwetch MARS for giving Lazo the very best chance that he was to have!  I honor you all!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 20, 2013, 05:30:03 PM
One of the things I got to purchase with the funds from the BC Hydro Community Champions winnings was a decent video editing program. This one has much more flexibility!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MctU2WUOi5Q

This is a redux of the winning video.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Rajame on February 20, 2013, 06:21:33 PM
(((Valleybirds and MARS)))) Please accept and feel my thankfulness for you. You make this world a better place.

Profound work!
:hearts2
Rajame
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 21, 2013, 08:12:49 AM
Oh My! This video is AWESOME! Thank you-
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 26, 2013, 04:35:18 PM
More voting! *groan*

We found out today that MARS has been nominated and selected as a finalist in the "Share the Bounty" national giveaway. It's another voting contest (*groan*) and there seem to be many charities entered. However, people can vote every day, but they require your email address. This means it will be accepting ONLY CANADIANS to vote. Here's the link http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php# (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php#) You'll have to go to 'M' and then find Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society in the list. Please spread the word and we'll see if we can make a showing. Three prizes for the most votes and then there's a draw for another three...
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Post by: NancyM on February 26, 2013, 10:15:18 PM
Good Luck, MARS!

(Not Canadian, cannot vote, sorry)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on February 27, 2013, 05:56:31 AM


I managed to post a vote.  Not sure if they will accept it in the long run...but it appeared as a vote!!  Good luck MARS!!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on February 27, 2013, 02:16:05 PM
Vote away, Americans! I can't find a rule online that says that non-Canadians can't vote...
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Post by: Valleybirds on February 27, 2013, 05:17:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZRyrCJeKWE

Oscar's Release

MARS received six Snowy Owls during November 2012 and only one survived. He was named Oscar, after the Sesame Street character with the scowl and the big mouth. Oscar was part of a huge irruption of young Snowy Owls that came down from the Arctic in search of food after an over-abundant breeding season. He, like the others we cared for, was severely emaciated from the long migration and it took very special emaciation protocols and round the clock tube feeding to help him survive. He was released on February 8th, 2013, to eventually fly back to the Arctic. 
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Post by: emc on February 27, 2013, 07:27:46 PM
Beautiful video of Oscar and of his release. Since his release is somewhat close to MARS, perhaps you can hear how he is doing for a short time. Sure hope he does fantastic!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on February 27, 2013, 10:30:53 PM
Excellent, Valleybirds!  Oscar is a true success story, thanks to the protocols you used and the diligence of his caregivers.  You should all be proud.

I took these screencaps from your video.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8514288603_8f98beed01.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/8514288603/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8514288669_5fb433559a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/8514288669/)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 28, 2013, 06:32:06 AM
Beautiful-
I am voting!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: AJL on February 28, 2013, 06:49:39 PM
Dear Valleybirds, thank you for sharing Oscar's release video.  ♥  He looks wonderful, thanks to your excellent care and dedication. 

(Have I told you lately how much I like all the posts you make here and everything you do on MARS' facebook?  Great work! ) 

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 03, 2013, 12:09:27 PM
(http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag38/MARSbirds/BarredVote639x800_zps698c75df.jpg) (http://)

The voting contest is heating up and I'm determined, now! Americans can definitely vote in this one, so spread the word - we're in 3rd at the moment, which would get us $5,000! http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php) Just click on 'M' and then find Mountainaire Avian Rescue. Please vote every day until March 29th!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on March 03, 2013, 12:57:27 PM
Voting Now ! Thanks for clarifying us Yanks can vote.  :duck
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: violet312s on March 04, 2013, 04:14:47 PM
BTW, today's "Vote" pic of the owl feeding was AWESOME!  It both told folks a) the good work you do and b) was just darned cute.

Shared it on my fb and got quite a few to share it on theirs!  GREAT JOB!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 04, 2013, 08:16:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whKtl8ioDoA

On March 4th we released three different patients - two were caught on video. The first one shows a sub adult Bald Eagle that was in care for less than a week. She was hit by a car and landed in a water filled ditch. However, she quickly recovered and must have been just stunned. The other release was a little Saw-Whet owl that hit a window and suffered some head trauma, resulting in one droopy eye and some groggy behaviour. After a month of recovery, he was raring to go - even slowed down 25% he's just a blur!

I lost the eagle in the sun and missed the end of her flight when she perched in one of the trees about half way up.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on March 04, 2013, 09:45:19 PM
Wonderful to see... ty for helping them go back to the wild where they belong. Boy weren't long in going but boy that owl was fast!!!!Now to go and vote..
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on March 04, 2013, 09:46:40 PM
Excellent video, Valley -thanks!  What was the third species released that day?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on March 04, 2013, 10:08:35 PM
Wow, the owl went  lickety split......
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 05, 2013, 08:44:05 AM
The other patient was an immature gull that had been hit by a car and had some head trauma.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on March 05, 2013, 09:03:35 AM
thanks, Valley - good to hear!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 06, 2013, 08:45:07 AM
A little levity for a Wednesday...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNueEhgAtss

Ambassador Shakespeare has a message for everyone... Please click the link http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php) and choose "M" for Mountainiare Avian Rescue Society
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 20, 2013, 09:06:44 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJgpwD3NtZU

The battle for third in the Share the Bounty contest is very fierce! We need all the votes we can get so here's one of last year's baby merlins with an urgent message. http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php) Choose 'M' and then look for Mountainaire Avian Rescue. Don't forget you can also vote for Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society to keep them in first. — at Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 24, 2013, 05:23:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRfPUeJw74

In late February, 2013, an adult Barred Owl was hit by a car in Campbell River. Fortunately, she was immediately picked up and brought to MARS. Due to her size, she was assumed to be female and was nicknamed Belle by some of the volunteers, as she was a beautiful and calm owl. She had a cracked beak and a concussion. Her beak was thoroughly cleaned and she was treated with antibiotics and pain medication and she surprised us all by recovering fairly quickly. Her beak will eventually grow out and is fully functional. Less than a month after the accident she was released in a park near where she was found. Thank you to her rescuers for their quick action!

Please don't forget to keep voting for us - we're doing well in third place and that $5,000 would be very useful! http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php) Click on 'M' and scroll to Mountainaire and please vote for Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society while you're there.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on March 27, 2013, 06:37:08 PM
Here's a release you don't see every day...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avSUexS2VIM

It's not often you get to see a squirrel release...This edited video was taken by Pat Scott with Tyler, another animal care volunteer, featured. This little red squirrel was hit by a car, knocked unconscious and had an injury to one leg. Luckily, he was scooped up and brought to MARS, where he was given pain medication and anti-inflammatories. He still favours one front foot a bit when standing, but it doesn't seem to be slowing him down! Red squirrels are the only indigenous squirrels in BC, Grey squirrels are invasive and threatening their survival. Don't forget to vote today, we're down to the last few days! http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php (http://www.sharethebounty.ca/charities.php) Click on 'M' and scroll to Mountainaire. We're still helping Alberta Animal Rescue Crew, too.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: madrona on May 07, 2013, 03:53:25 PM
MARS was on CTV Vancouver news last night.  A lovely story of a baby barred owl being rescued and placed back in its nest.  Video features Reg narrating, and Steve Harding, doing the climb.  

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=921367 (http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=921367)

Some still clips from the video:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/InjuredowletMARS1_zps3766ec6e.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/InjuredowletMARS2_zps77b6cb87.jpg)

Below, the video clips show parents watching the procedure!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Injuredowletparentslookon_zps23c39d1e.jpg)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 07, 2013, 07:26:09 PM
What a lovely story and Oh My! Lovely pictures, too  :heart

Thank you, Madrona, and Thanks to MARS and Friends.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: blackster1 on May 21, 2013, 08:47:40 AM
I just wanted to pop in and thank HEART and Mars for the heron rescue on Hornby and the work currently being done to help these wonderful birds. 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: typoscount2 on May 21, 2013, 01:09:07 PM
 
there is no posts re the heron but  this  link to fb has some  photos and info


http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151606172788114.1073741843.119843378113&type=1 (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151606172788114.1073741843.119843378113&type=1)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on May 25, 2013, 10:42:36 AM
Little Barred Owls seem to be having a hard time staying in their nests this year!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrYGWPAbnD0

Sometimes little raptor fledglings leave the nest a bit early and get into trouble. This baby Barred Owl, not far from being able to fly, managed to fall to a small branch and ended up clinging there, unable to move. The homeowners called MARS and Steve Harding from Timberwolf Tree Services came to help put the baby back in the nest. Unfortunately, the nest couldn't be located so he made an improvised one, added grass and tucked the baby in that, instead. Photos by Sandy Royer and Myke Prior, video by Sandy Royer, editing by Pat Wagar
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on May 25, 2013, 01:43:38 PM
That was great, thanks for sharing. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 04, 2013, 08:55:44 AM
In May 2013 MARS was called to rescue a large female Bald Eagle, near the Coast Guard Station in Kye Bay, Comox, BC. Coast Guard staff who noticed her in distress, covered in blood and unable to fly. She had a number of injuries, including a hole in her beak and face, but no broken bones. She must have been badly bruised because she was unable to fly for several weeks. We called her Kye and has she always been a very aggressive eagle, but somewhere in the area is one that must be even tougher. The wonderful thing was that a male eagle flew to the same tree Kye had flown to, they had a 'conversation' and flew off in the same direction. We're hoping that was her mate, finding her at last, after a six week wait.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GnahlhuAAI
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on July 04, 2013, 09:32:39 AM
wonderful!!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 08, 2013, 08:43:14 PM

Beck was brought into care following an unknown head trauma - he was discovered on Rebecca spit (being a probable male, Rebecca wasn't a suitable name!). He was unsteady on his feet and unable to perch at first. Fortunately his appetite was good and he improved steadily. A few weeks later he could always be found sitting on the highest perch in the flight pen! Fully recovered after six weeks, he was ready to go home.

**video link says not available? Is this the correct video now?~boonibarb**

Sorry, forgot to check the link after posting!...Pat  :blush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCPrdFHqBNU
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: winterwren on July 08, 2013, 09:32:06 PM
I received a call today for an eaglet down on the ground near the Co-op. I recognized the described location as Nest 24. A few days ago I had seen two healthy-looking eaglets, one in the nest and one branching. But now one of them was on the ground!

Booni received the call also, so we both ended up there. The two Co-op workers who had spotted the eaglet were doing wonders, persuading drivers to park their cars or turn around rather than drive right past the eaglet on that narrow road, and instructing pedestrians to stay clear so they wouldn't frighten that beautiful bird. I am so grateful for what they did.

So thanks to those efforts, the eaglet stayed within view of the road.
I took those few photos while waiting for Booni to pick up the rescue gear.
July 7, 2:48 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/9246080224_5ca3823a21_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/9246080224_cc86c7a90e_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9246080380_7c2b805277_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9246080380_73c0d036d6_o.jpg)


Here he's moved a bit deeper into the bush. I mostly stayed behind a tree so as not to frighten him any further, but I peeked out long enough to take this picture.
3:11
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9246080484_bab8b6166c_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9246080484_521cdd2d39_o.jpg)

What I couldn't get because of the grass and brush was this eaglet's gorgeous banana toes, pristine clean bright yellow.  :heart

He (or she...) seemed to walk without difficulty. I saw a couple of tentative fleaps and both wings seemed to open the same. So I'm hoping that this one is uninjured, but he had to get checked up, and someone has to decide what is the best next move. And this is when our dear friends at MARS come in.

Booni did the capture. Then I drove to Buckley Bay and transferred that beautiful eaglet to a volunteer from MARS.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 08, 2013, 10:02:35 PM
You guys are awesome! Now we have two in care - eaglets are getting a bit tipsy this year!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Cawatcher on July 08, 2013, 10:59:35 PM
H.E.A.R.T.    boonibarb,  winterwren MARS Thank you so much for all you do :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boodle317 on July 09, 2013, 06:28:20 AM
Wow!  what a beauty!  Hope all is well when MARS evaluates.  Thank you so much Booni and Wren for making sure he wound up in the right hands!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on July 09, 2013, 08:55:51 AM
And thanks to the COOP workers for calling HEART and keeping people away. A mighty effort keeping people and cars back, I'm sure. Well done!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: MaggiesMom on July 09, 2013, 12:42:42 PM
First I read Booni's story of the rescue - now the photos!  what a team!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: winterwren on July 09, 2013, 02:03:50 PM
For those who missed it... Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1253.msg135130#msg135130) to read Booni's account of the capture of the eaglet of Nest #24 on Hornby Island.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on July 09, 2013, 02:43:21 PM
Nice to see Beck back in nature, he's a big fella. Thanks for the vid Valley.

Yay Wren, Booni, Co-op & MARS. :thumbup: Looking forward to an update. :thumbup:
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on July 09, 2013, 02:47:24 PM
Wow, love the release video!  Thank you Wren and Booni for capturing the "capture" in both photos and words.  Hopefully this beauty will be released very soon as well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 09, 2013, 05:24:28 PM
I had to post this great story and the photos to the MARS Facebook page. I'm trying to get an update on the eaglet, probably tomorrow...
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on July 11, 2013, 09:17:10 PM
Well done and a big thank you to Booni, Wren, the Co-Op, MARS and the folks who lstened to and followed Wren's words in order to not scare the eaglet.

 :thumbup: :ty
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 11, 2013, 10:13:41 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1009786_10151709098613114_595260135_n.jpg) (http://)

We got another eaglet the same age just the day before and the two pre-fledge eaglets have a cozy nest that they live in together, now. Not quite the same as home, but they seem to appreciate the regular feedings!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2013, 09:22:23 AM
 
Pretty please!
More stories & fotos of these two when you have time?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on July 12, 2013, 09:26:17 AM
Nice nest, wonderful they have each other to keep company with. Looking forward to more updates, when you have time, TY.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 12, 2013, 11:00:28 AM
Rest assured, there will be more photos and video. Sandy Royer has some great stuff! I'm not there every day anymore, so it's difficult for me to get fresh footage.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 12, 2013, 06:21:26 PM
Loving this story! Such sweet eaglets!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: linused on July 13, 2013, 12:31:20 AM
How wonderful it is to read about all these folks who know how to rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful birds,  thanks for all you do
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 14, 2013, 07:01:17 AM


Gitchi Miigwetch to the rescuers and all at MARS for all of the wonderful work that you do!!
Tell Reg to get that go-pro going!  LOL
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on July 19, 2013, 10:52:37 AM
 
Here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1253.msg135466#msg135466) you will find a lovely update on what is going on with the sibling of the rescued Nest #24 Tribune Bay Eaglet!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: luvthebirds on July 20, 2013, 09:00:51 PM
Booni, Wren, (and Coop peeps and MARS).... thank you for your loving rescue of the grounded eaglet.   :eclove

Booni, your story reads like a thriller novel!  What suspense!  You and wren did great and I am so glad you were able to rescue the eaglet and see s/he would be cared for by MARS.

MARS, thank you for all you do.



Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 21, 2013, 11:18:38 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1075747_10151728977368114_1706986754_n.jpg) (http://)

The eaglet from nest #24 is doing well at MARS and here's the latest photo, taken Thursday. He's been joined by a third eaglet and all three are hanging out together in one of the small flight pens. He's acquired the name 'Big Blue', for the tape band that we put on to identify him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: auroradawn on July 21, 2013, 11:36:58 AM
What a beautiful eaglet, looking at that crop 'Big Blue' obviously loves the meals there.

Wonderful, thanks Valleybirds.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on July 21, 2013, 03:18:05 PM
Looking beautiful and well taken care of.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: paintnut on July 21, 2013, 03:54:05 PM
What a big beautiful eaglet he is - thanks booni, wren and MARS!! 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on July 21, 2013, 04:23:02 PM
Big Blue is so handsome/pretty. TY for the update & all involved in rescue & care. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on July 21, 2013, 08:34:30 PM
Big Blue is indeed a beauty... thank you Booni, Wren and MARS!!!! Looking forward now when the day comes and he can be released  :ecsmile


 :heart)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 22, 2013, 09:31:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-o9KE1-ybE

Here's a short video of our three eaglets at feeding time. Big Blue is much less aggressive than his first companion, so they had to be fed separately. All are doing well.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on July 22, 2013, 07:36:04 PM
 
Oh, those three are wonderful to see!
Thank you so much.
They are each so different.
The Nest looks fantastic.
Do all three go in there at once?
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 22, 2013, 07:47:32 PM
I'm not sure if all three are snuggling into the nest, but they probably would try. I should be getting a look at the video from our flight pen camera, soon, so will try to get some shots.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on July 22, 2013, 11:38:41 PM
Valleybirds, how wonderful to see the three eaglets. They look well and a good eaters; even if the salmon needs to be cut up  :eclol.

 :ty  all so much.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Lucia on July 23, 2013, 12:08:31 PM
 :hooray
How beautiful are the photos Wren!!! Awesome rescue.  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on July 31, 2013, 04:20:18 PM
I've just put up a Facebook album with the three juveniles that we got, including Big Blue, from Hornby. Here's the link, since there are too many to post here, but here's one from the series.


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1094763_10151750629343114_500050681_n.jpg) (http://)

And the info and link from the album....

The three juvenile Bald Eagles were doing well in their medium-sized enclosure, getting lots of wing exercise and 'branching'. They were moved to the large flight pen on Saturday so they can have more flying practice and actually fledge. The three interns each got to catch one, weigh it and put it in the new pen.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151750628448114.1073741864.119843378113&type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151750628448114.1073741864.119843378113&type=3)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on July 31, 2013, 07:09:04 PM

LOTS of good fotos & interesting captions on the Facebook page, thank you so much! ♥
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2013, 10:47:50 PM
Aww, there are photos of a flycatcher, too! (My latest love  :heart)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: auroradawn on August 05, 2013, 07:34:20 AM
On Sunday morning August 4th I was contacted by boonibarb to say that she had been called out to rescue an eaglet, see her post here:

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1235.msg136067#msg136067 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1235.msg136067#msg136067)

The guy who kindly transported the eaglet off Hornby Island called me when he was in the ferry line up from Denman to Buckley Bay, at which time I left home and by the time I got to Buckley Bay the ferry was nearing the dock.  We met up in the parking lot of the gas station and moved the carrier into my vehicle and I headed off immediately to MARS where Maj and a few interns were waiting on my arrival.  

The eaglet was removed from the carrier, hooded and wrapped in a towel, then placed in a styrofoam box and weighed, s/he weighed in at 4.5kg, after that it was "de-bugging" time (I was standing behind a closed glass door while all this was going on).   Unfortunately it had some feathers that were breaking off and Maj explained that this was probably due to dehydration and stress.  S/he was then given a feeding of what looked like a clear liquid (I didn't actually see this as I was in another area talking to Maj).  Once things has settled we went back into the care area, where by now the eaglet was in a closed room so it could rest up before being examined further.

Here are a couple of photo's I took before leaving.

  (http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/005_zps298e67a2.jpg) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/auroradawn45/media/005_zps298e67a2.jpg.html)

(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n613/auroradawn45/004_zps9e9d7f48.jpg) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/auroradawn45/media/004_zps9e9d7f48.jpg.html)

My thanks to all who helped in the report and rescue of this little one and MARS for their concern and great care.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: paintnut on August 05, 2013, 07:47:28 AM
Thank you Dawn - always good to see a young one who is in trouble get to where he or she can get the best help possible.  Love the bright eyes!!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on August 05, 2013, 10:14:52 AM
Many thanks, Dawn, for transporting the eaglet and your detailed report. S/he has the best chance possible now - hopefully will just need feeding up to become a Whale of an eagle.

Did I miss any news of the heron that booni rescued earlier this season? The rescue is vivid in my mind, but not the follow-up.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on August 05, 2013, 10:35:13 AM
Great work Dawn and Booni - this little one will be able to fatten up now!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 05, 2013, 03:25:51 PM
Thanks for sharing this story, Dawn, and thanks to you and Booni for helping this little one get to MARS!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Donnae on August 05, 2013, 05:28:30 PM
Thanks to Booni, Dawn, the fellow in the truck who took the eaglet to Dawn and I know it will get the
best of care at MARS!! So thanks to all involved in this rescue and I am hoping for the best for the
eaglet.... lovely eyes.... YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!! :heart  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 05, 2013, 07:49:37 PM
Great story Dawn and Booni. I stole one of pictures and posted it to MARS FB just so everyone knows what a great team you guys make!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2013, 08:21:32 PM
Many thanks, Dawn, for transporting the eaglet and your detailed report. S/he has the best chance possible now - hopefully will just need feeding up to become a Whale of an eagle.

Did I miss any news of the heron that booni rescued earlier this season? The rescue is vivid in my mind, but not the follow-up.

 
Nancy, click here (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151606172788114.1073741843.119843378113&type=1) & read all the comments below the fotos for the followup story on what happened to the lovely Great Blue Heron captured by HEART.

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on August 06, 2013, 10:06:17 AM
 
Okay, i have posted the fotos i have of the lovely downed Eaglet

here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1235.msg136126#msg136126)

here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1235.msg136128#msg136128)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 06, 2013, 01:33:20 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/996881_10151786256487324_38734354_n.jpg) (http://)

For all you nest cam lovers!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on August 06, 2013, 03:28:39 PM

Nancy, click here (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151606172788114.1073741843.119843378113&type=1) & read all the comments below the fotos for the followup story on what happened to the lovely Great Blue Heron captured by HEART.




thanks, booni - somehow I felt the heron had not survived, but had forgotten (obviously) what had happened. Kudos to you for that rescue, and to MARS for taking care of him.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: NancyM on August 06, 2013, 03:29:25 PM
Vallyebirds:   :lol  at the comic!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: MaggiesMom on August 07, 2013, 08:21:09 AM
uh-oh Nancy's falling off her chair

As am I - love those comics! :lol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on August 07, 2013, 11:58:45 AM
Many thanks to all who have been rescuing, tansporting, and caring for the eaglet and the update on the heron. What a team  :thumbup:
 :ty   :heart

Loved the cartoon  :eclol
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: winterwren on August 23, 2013, 12:27:34 AM
I've been getting way behind in my postings,and especially in acknowledging a wonderful present I received a few weeks ago.

It is an envelope with a certificate in it.

It reads:
"This is to certify that Winterwren has sponsored Big Blue, on July 8 2013.
"From Friends of Hornby Eagle Advanced Response Team (HEART)"

Below is MARS's logo. And next to the dedication is that great picture of Big Blue in her flight enclosure with her crop full and her blue leg band visible.

I was really, really moved when I received this.
Thanks you to everyone who contributed. I'm so moved that you did this in my name. Thanks to you, Big Blue will have the best care and grow strong without draining MARS's limited resources. It is thanks to gifts like this that wildlife rescue centres are able to continue their work at all.

 :heart  :heart  :heart

Wren
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 23, 2013, 08:10:12 PM


miigwetch for all you do wren!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on August 30, 2013, 10:48:23 AM
We're going to miss you Pat (Valleybirds) from the social media. Hope you'll still post here. Sure wouldn't want to miss you completely, even if you take a different role.  :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Valleybirds on August 30, 2013, 11:48:26 AM
Thanks, EMC! I'm not going to be with MARS at all, anymore. Moving on to other things so I'm not sure if anyone will be posting here. HEGPS has been a great supporter of MARS and I've enjoyed interacting with all of you.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: auroradawn on August 30, 2013, 11:49:51 AM
All the very best to you Pat, hope to see you again sometime soon.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: emc on August 30, 2013, 12:25:46 PM
Agree with Dawn, the best to you, sure have enjoyed our interactions and I enjoyed getting to meet you in person too.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on August 30, 2013, 12:31:54 PM
 
Valleybirds, you*ve done a SUPER interesting job of this topic & the MARS Facebook page!
Thank you!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: linused on August 30, 2013, 01:44:57 PM
Valleybirds,   I will miss your updates!! All the very best in what ever you do,  thanks for all you have done.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: birdvoyer on August 30, 2013, 03:22:55 PM
Valleybirds (Pat), you have been a wonderful liaison for MARS here! Your posts on FaceBook were always so informative and entertaining.  It will be difficult to fill you position but hopefully someone will try.  We do have a great connection and respect for MARS.

Wishing you well on your future adventures. Please continue to visit here and be part of our forum.
  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on August 30, 2013, 05:57:42 PM
Awww :ecsad you have been wonderful, a breath of fresh air. Always enjoy your great videos, commentaries, your work on FB. Big shoes to fill. :heart I wish you the best in whatever endeavors you undertake. Please visit.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on August 30, 2013, 08:20:02 PM
Pat, wishing you all the best in your future.   :ty :flower
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: sparkie on October 10, 2013, 06:12:15 PM
Oct 10 2013 .. Today was red letter day  for the five eagles rescued last nesting season . Thanks to good care they were released .....
 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vbfrDZPauE
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on October 10, 2013, 06:47:45 PM
Thanks sparkie for the video of the release. A beautiful day for the wonderful event. Nice to see Booni, Donna, Mishi and Maj.

 :thumbup:  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: beans on October 10, 2013, 07:26:30 PM
Very special!  Thanks to everyone who helped to give these beautiful eagles a second chance.  Hooray!  :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on October 10, 2013, 11:46:05 PM
So many of my favorite people all in one video - such a special day for all of them.  Sending love to the five free eaglets.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Rajame on October 11, 2013, 07:43:31 AM
This was a great way to wake up! Thank you to all that rescued, helped with the healing and release! It is good to see friends there too! I bet there is some great talks and walks and visits on Hornby this week!

:hearts
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: madrona on October 12, 2013, 12:57:44 PM
I was so fortunate in being able to attend the release of three of the five eagles that MARS released on Thursday at the Puntledge River in Courtenay.  Local Hornby Eagle Group members were well represented, by boonibarb, auroradawn and myself.  We could see signs of lots of fishing activity going on in the river.  (Below is a still taken from a video I made).  Some photos can be clicked to larger size!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglerelease001-PuntledgeRiverfishing-001b_zpsfd74a910.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglerelease001-PuntledgeRiverfishing-001b_zpsfd74a910.jpg)

Dawn and I arrived early and were soon joined by another vehicle with the CHEK-TV reporter and one from the Echo newspaper.  We provided them with some advance information, telling them a little of the history and that we were members of the Hornby Eagle Group.  When he asked if he could interview us for the TV we said that booni and others visiting from US and eastern Canada might be the best people to interview. :ecwink

Before long the eagles and MARS entourage arrived.  The three crates were removed from the vehicle and positioned.  The following is a still from video, so not as clear as I might have liked, but gives some idea of the setting and small number present.  

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglerelease013-Almostreadyforreleases_zpsb8a1313a.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Eaglerelease013-Almostreadyforreleases_zpsb8a1313a.jpg)

Really, the only useful video I have of any of the three eagles flying off is of the first eagle being released by a long-time MARS worker/volunteer. (Video best viewed full screen).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEY0tWYylSw

Maj was there drumming and you can hear Reg's eagle whistle.  

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-Majanddrum-23_zpsecc832e8.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-Majanddrum-23_zpsecc832e8.jpg)

The crate containing Salal was the last one to be opened, and as booni was filming she declined doing the actual opening of the crate for the release.

Unfortunately the video I thought was being taken of this on my camera had been paused for fear of battery failing, and was not started soon enough (or focused) to show Salal's magnificent flight off.  It seemed to me that Salal was in the air for quite a bit longer than the other two released, and she seemed to follow the path of the river for a bit, then circled around, finally landing in a tree beside the river.

My 'cameraman' did walk down to the river to see if Salal could be seen on her perch in the tree where she finally landed.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-salalperched-31_zps21702863.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-salalperched-31_zps21702863.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-salalperched-32_zpsb48f9d01.jpg) (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/takecare_2007/Wildlife/Eaglerelease-salalperched-32_zpsb48f9d01.jpg)

As you can see - he found her - and she looked fit and well fed - ready for her next big adventure as a wild eagle!

Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 12, 2013, 01:58:26 PM
Thanks Madrona, lovely day for a release.

NIWRC housed the 5 Eagles in their flight cage for exercise prior to release. All 5 were able to be banded.

From their FB page -

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Dr. Eric Demers, a professor at VIU in Nanaimo and a team were out to place leg bands on the 5 juvenile eagles that were in the flight cage and they were transferred back to Courtenay with Hans Carolsfeld. They were all healthy and the staff of Mountainaire will release them soon.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/p480x480/1381343_10151895443969114_1483425577_n.jpg)

There is also a vote going on via Aviva so they can put in an underground water system for their animals and that the hoses won't freeze in winter. Only a couple days left, please vote. Non-Profit Organization
PLEASE HELP NIWRA BY VOTING - go to:
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17386... (http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17386...)
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: madrona on October 12, 2013, 02:45:38 PM
Thanks for this additional information, passerine.  Yes - it was great that NIWRA was able to have these eaglets in their large flight cage prior to their release, and to see to their banding.

The young man in the photo, Hans, is the one who drove the five eagles up for the releases in Courtenay and Campbell River.  He was such a pleasant young man - and can be seen in the group picture I posted above.  He had been an intern at MARS earlier this year.
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: BBE on October 12, 2013, 10:51:35 PM
Madrona, thanks so much for sharing the stills and the video with us. A beautiful day for the eagle releases.  They are noe well and free to explore their world.

Your 'cameraman' took two awesome photos of 'Salal'.

 :heart  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: OpieK on October 12, 2013, 10:58:07 PM
Wonderful photos Mad, and the release video is heartwarming.  Thanks for the link and I will keep voting!
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 13, 2013, 07:39:46 AM
This is a wonderful thread, and this last entry is just so exciting! Thanks for all the personal accounts and pictures. Nice that Hornby Eagle Lovers could be front and center in the release!                                                               :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: boonibarb on October 14, 2013, 08:48:59 AM
 
Thanks to madrona*s *cameraman*, i was alerted to the presence of Salal in the Tree she landed in after her release!
So i walked out to join them & see what i could see.
We never found out whether the releases were male or female, but according to Maj, this info is recorded at the time of banding.
Salal looked just huge when she was released, so i*m sticking with madrona & called her a she.
Just imagine what the wild world looks like to her, on this day!
You can hear a Gull calling from the River in the background.
Perhaps they were disturbed by the arrival of three new juvenile Eagles!

october 10 2013 13:17 - juvenile Eagle Salal after release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvGGHfKg59g

By this time i was being called for to go, but i just HAD to finish this video!
Look how she is enjoying the warm wind!
Doing some wingercizing, just like she probably was on the day she fell from her Nest Tree.
The video isn*t focused at first, but keep watching, it finally focuses in well.
She is looking about, as though she intends to fly to another branch.
Then there is a poopshot!
Her uncertainty about leaving, & the way she hangs her wings open, reminds me of a youngster still on the Nest.
She is going to have to practice now, out in the wild, how to take off & land in Trees.
You can catch the glint of the silver band on her right leg!
i wonder if we will ever see this on Hornby!
i am being shouted for this whole time.
(sorry...)
She does a shuggle, but i must leave & wish her a good life now.

october 10 2013 13:19 - juvenile Eagle Salal after release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWlpfzU6mcg




 
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: amazedbyeagles on October 14, 2013, 09:14:32 AM
Love Love Love the videos, Booni!!!  Thank You! :eclove
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: passerine on October 14, 2013, 09:40:54 AM
Awww, darn shouters. Nice to know they were sexed, I'd be curious, hoping to see one some day with band.

It must be strange to her in her new surroundings. The last wild Salal seen would have been from her nest then the ground. Sure she'll do just fine. :heart
Title: Re: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (Vancouver Island)
Post by: madrona on October 14, 2013, 09:57:40 AM
Thank you booni - I love the last video!  :eclove  Salal certainly was taking in her surroundings, following her impressive flight, during which she flew above the river before turning and making her way back to the tree she was perched in for the remainder of the time we were there.  Her practice sessions in the flight cages at OWL and NIWRA certainly paid off, as she appeared to be a strong flier.

Reg offered a theory that a juvenile fledgling will perch on a branch that is similar to nest height.  If this is the case, then Salal's instincts would have driven her to find a spot that was in her 'comfort zone' so to speak.  In booni's video she certainly seemed to be exhibiting many of the behaviours we have witnessed in the nest with young eagles preparing to fledge.  That evening I thought often of her and the other two in neighbouring trees - hoping they found each other and other eagles so that they could tag along to find spawned salmon to feed on.
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