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Title: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2018, 11:56:03 AM

HEART rescues in 2018

Thank you to our Hornby first responders!

March 8

May 30

May 31

June 12

August 12

August 3-19

August 22

August 23

August 25

September 15

September 16

Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2018, 12:48:26 PM
Back in december i went on an around the Island adventure to count Sea Birds!
i posted all about that trip here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1751.msg182011#msg182011)
In this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1751.msg182079#msg182079) i showed where i had spotted one injured Sea Lion & one with a plastic banding strap around their neck.
i had reported this to DFO & The Vancouver Aquarium, but because i hadn*t realized i had this footage til quite a few days later, they requested a second sighting.
If i could confirm that this individual was still there, they might be able to round up a team to remove the band & treat the poor Sea Lion.
These are two scaps i did from the video i*d taken that day.
It wasn*t til i played the video that i realized what i*d caught.

december 15 2017 12:08 - entangled Sea Lion

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4731/39186436311_1c76d60870_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22GLJhg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4634/39186437231_e2a16540a4_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22GLJy8)

A different individual.
Not sure what this injury is caused by.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4588/39186435371_444a2513c8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22GLJ14)

So, ever since that day, i have been trying to get back out there to confirm this entangled Sea Lion*s presence.
It took us til monday march 5 2018 to finally get out there again.
On that trip i was never able to spot this individual again myself.
However, on Norris Rocks, off Olsen Farm & Heron Rocks nesting territory, i spotted this poor individual with a similar entanglement.

march 5 2018 12:40 - entangled Sea Lion on Norris Rocks

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4778/25825337497_66413324fb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fm6B6B)

Then yesterday i got to go out on a boat again & on that trip i was able to photograph this individual also on Norris rocks.
This entanglement looks more like black rubber & it isn*t as terribly embedded as the nasty white plastic banding straps were.
& who knows what the other side looks like?

march 7 2018 12:23 - entangled Sea Lion on Norris Rocks

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4799/39789071765_99ec5f1b7f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23C2oNH)

Then yesterday i noticed this foto posted to facebook!
Waiting for permission to use the foto, but this may well be the individual we went looking for on monday that we first spotted back in december!

march 7 2018 3pm? - Flora Island Sea Lion

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4796/38886213090_1f83a0da36_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/43214021@N08/w564q9)

So, i*m learning.
The first thing i need to do is call DFO*s Marine Mammal Incident Hotline & report the sighting & get a file number.
i also send details such as location, date & time, & any fotos i have.
i also talk to the people at the Vancouver Aquarium & between them all they may be able to put a team together of two rigid hull boats to come from Campbell River & someone who knows what they are doing will dart any of these three that they can find then try to remove the band & treat the wound.
It is a risky thing to do, & a lot of effort to send a team, but because there are three of them all in close proximity to one another, it makes it a more likely thing to happen.
So, we shall see.
They were very pleased with what i supplied to them & they said they*d keep me in the loop!

link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Donnae on March 08, 2018, 09:46:12 PM
Thank you Booni... those poor animals... sure hope they can help them.  Your the best and I know anything you supply them will be great information for them. Great eyes!!!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 08, 2018, 11:03:53 PM
I hope help will come soon for the sea lions, booni.  Good you followed through. Thanks for letting us know here through our H.E.A.R.T thread.    :binocs
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on March 09, 2018, 01:44:21 AM
 :heart :heart  HEART  :heart :heart
((((( Booni )))))
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on March 19, 2018, 10:33:40 AM

Okay, so i heard back just now from i believe the Vancouver Aquarium.
She said they attempted finding these Sea Lions on saturday.
They didn*t find either of the ones i*d sent them fotos of, but they did find two others.
One was a juvenile & when that one was darted they went into the water & weren*t seen again, which is one of the risks of this type of rescue.
The other was a female & she had some kind of rope around her neck that might have been from a fish net?
They were able to help her.
i think she said they saw another entangled individual but weren*t able to help that one.
She told me the one i*d photographed with the black rubber band, that that is actually the worst type of entanglement because it constricts the throat area & just gets tighter & tighter & when they are darted any muscular resistance to the tightening relaxes & can be life threatening.
The plastic banding tapes tend to dig in as the animal grows & aren*t as restrictive.
i was thanked profusely for the part i played in this & asked to continue what i do, which of course i will!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 19, 2018, 10:44:57 AM
Thank you for letting us know, booni.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on March 20, 2018, 03:29:24 AM
So sorry it didnt work out for them  and Bless you for trying Booni.  Keep up the great work you do  :eclove
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2018, 07:30:20 PM

Here*s (https://www.cheknews.ca/sea-lion-rescued-from-plastic-entanglement-by-vancouver-aquarium-rescue-team-431015/) a news article about the two Sea Lions rescue!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Donnae on March 20, 2018, 08:15:54 PM
Thanks Booni.. you sure tried and thank you. Just goes to show people how much garbage is in the ocean for so many in a small span to be catch up in this plastic etc.... something needs to be done !!!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on March 21, 2018, 09:15:44 AM

Another entangled Sea Lion!

i heard from Vancouver Aquarium this afternoon & she said this is a very good foto of the harm humans cause to Sea Lions.
She said this Sea Lion is in very bad shape, that they have very low mentation, & that you can see the pus around the wound.
There is also significant weight loss at the hip area.

I was out by Norris Rocks today and saw this sea lion with a fishing flasher lodged in his mouth.  It looks like it probably swallowed a bait and broke off the rest of the anglerís terminal gear. Typically anglers use 40 pound test leader between a lure and flasher so chances of it breaking away are slim. If you look closely you can see a pus discharge around its mouth.  
Is there an animal rescue group that could help with this poor animal?  Thanks for any help or suggestions.

march 20 2018 - Sea Lion with flasher - by Don Peterson

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/818/40232603504_b44fd9c34e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24idBkE)

Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on June 01, 2018, 10:04:51 AM
i went to the Co-op for the second time in one day to finish my shopping & the nice fella there who does the repairs & maintenance said - oh, good, the Bird woman is here!
My mind was elsewhere so i was a bit confused.
He said he had a Bird for me.
So i ran after him as he went up the porch ramp from the parking lot to a spot next to the front doors.
He brought out a tiny box lined with paper towel & kleenex with no lid & a small Bird lying in it!
He had seen the Bird beside the road going one way & the Bird was still there when he came the other way so he picked them up.
A Song Sparrow, must have been hit by a car a few hours ago & was still feeling so unwell that they were in a box with no lid on the Co-op porch with all the activity there!
Not good.
i was totally thrown, i hadn*t known this was coming & i didn*t know what to do.
My mind goes right away to the problem of how to get this Bird in to MARS.
If they are still stunned or whatever after all this time, maybe they need to get in to help.
If this is concussion, the brain swells & MARS can give medication to help with this.
But we are such a long way from MARS.
It is already 4pm & there is only the 5 & 6 ferry off the Island today.
i*d need to find a ride then arrange with MARS on short notice to meet whoever i find to take the Bird at least to Buckley Bay.
What to do, what to do.
& i have other things i need to do right now, too.
Often when a Bird is hit by a car, they just need some quiet dark rest to recover.
Unless something is broken...
The trip to town would be high stress for the poor Bird.
People don*t understand, they talk, they play music, they show people the Bird.
It is hot out.
i decide to let the Bird rest at my place.
i don*t want to disturb them by pulling out the flaps of the lid of the box to close them in so instead i put the Bird in the box in my mailbox with the door left a bit ajar so i can check.
The Bird looks at me, then gradually closes their eyes again.
Not good.
i go about my business then come back to check.
Eyes open, then gradually close again.
Geeze, have i made the right decision?
Next time i check the Song Sparrow is perched on the edge of the box!
That*s good.
But when i open the door the Bird goes to the back of the mailbox & is scritching around in there at the back.
So i need to reach in & grab them which of course panics the poor Bird who manages to get away from me.
Good, i thought, flying.
But they land on my bike, can*t get a grip, & end up exhausted on my deck.
i snag the Bird again & put them back in the nest box & this time i place the box on a towel inside a cleaned small kennel with a wire lid i can see through.
i leave them outside under cover where i can watch.
It is now too late for the last ferry.
i*m inside & i hear a strange soft banging noise.
i think it is my neighbour but when i go outside the Bird is outside of the cardboard box & bonking themselves towards the wire lid of the kennel.
i decide to open the lid.
Wowzer, before i can think the Bird is out of there, jumps on my head & off again, & disappears into the bush.
i would have preferred to return them to where they were found but that*s not going to happen now.
At least in my yard there are bugs & water & seed & hopefully the Song Sparrow can find their way back home where perhaps they are nesting, which is what had me worried.
i can still feel those little talons or whatever they are called scritching on my scalp when they took off!
link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on June 01, 2018, 10:20:25 AM
i got a call fairly early yesterday morning from our Radio Station!
One of the fellas who is a DJ for our radio had found a small Fawn right on our busy main road & was in a bit of a panic about what to do with them as he was in the middle of moving & what should he do, how do we rescue them?
He described to me where he found the Fawn & i told him he*d done the right thing to move them to a safe place.
i told him the Fawn*s instinct is to hide & stay still til the mother returns.
i said i*d go check.
i went to where he said & wowzer, there was the tiniest Fawn i had ever seen.
They were the size of a cat!
& sure enough, right on the side of the road in the grass lying on where a tire had recently driven over the grass.
Too close to the road, i decided, but was the Fawn even alive?
i saw no movement at all & the eyes were closed.

may 31 2018 10:13 - new Fawn
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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/874/41594419925_3006695c4c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26nygV8)
i wasn*t even seeing the movement of breathing, but i set my camera down & picked them up.
They were so warm & soft & definitely alive.
But still absolutely still.
So i walked down into the roadside bush & set them down in there away from the road for the Mother to come back to.
i marked the spot so i could come back later & check.

i am borrowing one of those wildlife cameras so i got the brilliant idea to leave the camera near the Fawn when i went back to check & maybe we would get a nice video of the Mum coming back!
But when i went back to the spot the Fawn was already gone.
link to my fotos page -  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Sandor3 on June 01, 2018, 06:08:25 PM
Thanks for all you do, Barb!  Can't imagine how it felt holding that little fawn...sigh.  Both incidents had a happy ending...good news...and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Cawatcher on June 01, 2018, 08:10:53 PM
You have good instincts to leave and see if mom returns  wow must have been just born  :heart just saw this posted on FD may have been similar incident ?
https://www.facebook.com/KIRO7Seattle/videos/2107806862572389/ (https://www.facebook.com/KIRO7Seattle/videos/2107806862572389/)
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 01, 2018, 11:38:01 PM
Thank goodness you are there and respond to these wildlife emergencies, booni.  Even though it's highly stressful, you go ahead and do what you can to help birds and animals in need.  I wish some of us could be there to help you.  Thank you for letting us know about these challenges.

Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on June 14, 2018, 10:42:49 AM
A Canada Goose with a drooping left wing is spotted on the beach to the left of Grassy Point.
Read the story here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1748.msg185484#msg185484)
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 12, 2018, 08:43:20 AM

i wish i had taken a foto first, but i was home late from working & just started doing my dishes when i got a call from a neighbour that they had guests sitting in their car on their driveway & that a Buck was right there in front of them, terribly tangled in the fish netting opening of the driveway, & could i come help?
Such a dangerous situation.
The Buck could kick us to pieces or gore us with his antlers.
If we had a Conservation Officer, they would just come & shoot him.
But we had to try.
i grabbed my Dziadziu*s (Polish Grandfather*s) old heavy metal carpet cutting scissors that my Mum gave to me because she knew i liked old things & just ran out the door.
First i read ajl*s suggestions from the first time i had had to deal with a situation like this.
Deer can die of capture myopathy, a deadly condition caused by their terrible fright.
Collect three people, one to cover the head, one to stop the thrashing, one to cut.
& off we went to the scene, only a block away.
i slowly walked into the driveway & was met by the daughter of the woman who called me.
& there was the poor Buck, a young one with velvet antlers, terribly entangled in the fish netting that they use to block Deer coming in & at the same time easy to open to let a car through.
The rest of the yard is enclosed in metal fencing, this was the only piece still in place, & usually they put a board across the bottom so that Deer don*t try to go under.
But, they were expecting guests so the board was removed.
It just figured.
The Buck had tried to go under to get at the apples & pears & vegetable garden & gotten terribly entangled.
The last time this happened, i approached the Buck to throw a blanket over his head & he bolted, dragging the whole mess with him.
A neighbour had grabbed the trailing mess & the Buck had tipped over on the road.
So it was then pretty easy to cover his head with a blanket, as he was lying down & just exhausted.
This time, the Buck kept thrashing back & forth, pulling the netting as far as it would go & leaping from side to side & up & down to try to free himself.
i thought he was going to pull the fence down & then drag the whole mess away with him before we could help.
We each got a blanket & my brave helper was able to inch closer & closer to the Buck until she was able to get the blanket over his head.
But then he went back to bolting side to side & thrashing & we had to get out of the way fast.
We kept at this tactic, her coming from one direction to distract, me from the other, then leaping out of the way when he went back to thrashing, which was terrible to watch.
The more he tried to escape the more entangled he got & the tighter the netting became.
Finally he tripped himself up & we were able to run in & blanket his head twice over.
But then he would leap up again & start leaping from side to side while we jumped out of the way & could only watch.
Once he got down on the ground again my helper was able to hold the antlers to try to keep him down & also to keep the blanket over his eyes.
The first priority was to cut the netting off the jaws.
His poor mouth was strangled closed & he could barely breathe.
i could see his tongue sticking out & his lovely grinding teeth with the foam of trying to breathe coming & going.
i actually physically lay on top of his chest to try to free his mouth.
He was so hot!
& he had ticks running about, yuck.
But he leapt up again, scraping my back with his hind leg before i could jump back out of the way while he thrashed back & forth again.
We enlisted the male guest to help us.
i warned him about how dangerous this was but he was still willing to help.
My female helper actually managed to grab the blanket covered antlers & she wrestled the Buck to the ground like you see in the rodeo!
How impressive!
It worked perfectly.
She was so brave & calm!
So, she was in charge of keeping the head covered & holding him by the antlers.
The fella took charge of restraining the legs.
& good luck with that.
The Buck kept leaping up then thrashing from side to side & luckily so far we*d managed to get out of the way.
i peeled the blanket back from the jaw.
It was terrible.
The netting was strangling the jaw closed making it very difficult to breathe.
& the Buck was in a mad panic.
We don*t know how long he had been entangled like that.
It was the guests who discovered him.
The big metal scissors i have are brilliant.
The netting is very strong twisted plastic, but the scissors cut through very easily.
& the pointy end is perfect for getting underneath the strangling lines.
i freed his jaw, only to realize that his lower jaw was strangled as well.
i think he jumped up & thrashed at least once before i could free his jaw completely.
Phew, now he can at least breathe.
My wrassling helper kept the blanket off his jaw so that he could now breathe in the open air, free of the blanket.
Now to work on the antlers.
The velvet was bleeding from all the thrashing & the netting was so tight i had a hard time poking the scissors underneath.
But the scissors came through once again.
i was able to free the one badly entangled antler & then move to the second.
At last the netting was pulled free & away by the mother who was standing by helping.
i warned the wrassler & the man that this was a dangerous situation.
The Buck would leap up & perhaps crash into us.
We needed to jump away & bring the blankets with us without getting hurt!
When the Buck jumped up we had to jump away & take the blankets with us.
The Buck went away a few paces & stood there trembling, then ran into the garden.
We decided to leave him there to recover in peace rather than stress him further by chasing him out.
A small young Deer was in there with him anyway.
We thanked the fella, he said THAT WAS AWESOME!, & high fived my wrassler.
i can*t believe we came out of that unscathed.
It seemed so impossible.
i went home kind of whizzing from the adrenaline, back to my dishes & dinner.
Waiting to hear back about how the Buck fared.
He will be easy to recognize with his scraped bloody antlers.
Last time we did this years ago, the fella was spotted still alive & well in the neighbourhood.
So, let*s hope this fella survived.
A great big beautiful Buck was hit by a car nearby & lying dead in the ditch.
Hopefully this fella will survive.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 12, 2018, 09:41:13 AM
Oh My Goodness Booni !!!!!  what a tale that was.  Great job and what a success.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Cawatcher on August 12, 2018, 10:54:03 AM
Holding my breath until the end and shivers what brave people you Hornbytes are!!!  :eceek :eclove
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: NancyM on August 12, 2018, 11:52:14 AM
OMG, booni, what a tale!  You are very brave! How about a photo of Dziadziu's old heavy metal carpet cutting scissors?  They (and you!) should be immortalized.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on August 12, 2018, 12:02:20 PM
Wowee! Two gutsy gals and a brave guy!  :ecsmile   Persistence pays and of course having the knowledge, experience and tools make the impossible possible.  :nod2 Thank you again for what you do! That was truly heroic.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: fol-di-rol on August 12, 2018, 05:07:25 PM
What an amazing story!  Well done HEART  :heart

Three very courageous and resourceful people - hope the poor young buck recovers, and hope there were no serious injuries  - to the deer and/or the people.   Thank you for being there for him. 
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 12, 2018, 07:14:21 PM


Hi Barb,
He hung around the fenced section of the yard for a while. He seemed ok, I saw him walking the fence line looking for a way out. We just left all the gates open and did not go down to that end of the yard so as to give him time to recover and find his own way back out.
When we checked at around 7 there was no sign of him, other than some piles of droppings.
I will keep an eye out for him around the neighbourhood. As you said, he should be easy to spot with the velvet off his antlers in places.
I got the idea to wrestle him down like that from watching Dr. Pol, a vet show on tv. It is how he gets cattle he is working on that he needs to have lie down to lie down. He turns their head until they go down.
Thanks so much for being able to help us get him free. I am glad that it worked out all right. Is your back ok from where he kicked you?
Thanks again for your help and bravery!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 12, 2018, 07:51:32 PM

Here ya go, Nancy!
On a one foot square floor tile.

august 12  2018 19:27 - a photo of Dziadziu's old heavy metal carpet cutting scissors

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1774/43099996855_f1628e22ee_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28EAKu4)

Title: Re: 2018
Post by: NancyM on August 12, 2018, 08:04:38 PM
Those are some mighty big scissors, booni!  Thanks for the photo and scale.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Donnae on August 12, 2018, 08:13:48 PM
WOW!!! You people are the greatest!!! Thanks to all involved with freeing that deer and how brave you all were. I know that deer is grateful, even if he didn't show it!!!!  Thanks HEART, your the greatest!!!
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 13, 2018, 01:25:38 AM
Wow is right!  You lead an adventureous life, booni!  Glad you had helpers who stayed with you until the buck was freed.  Hopefully, he'll recover and go on to do better things.

Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 19, 2018, 08:33:19 AM

Marielle called me just when it was getting dark.
People had been seeing a lone Seal pup down at Ford Cove & had waited til just before dark to call Saltspring about them.
Marielle called me to ask me to go down there with a tub to meet the people who had been watching the pup.
i*d already had my shower, i was sitting wet in my towel, it would be dark by the time i got down to Ford Cove, my Seal pup tub is buried in my wood shed under a pile of sawdust bags & rescue kennels.
It just figures.
But i can*t say no to  Marielle.
So off we went.
Ford Cove was quiet, but i could hear the concert going on for the Hornby Festival over at Olsen Farm.
Fortunately the docks are well-let.
i went all the way to the end of one finger, then the other, twice.
i wasn*t seeing ANYBODY with a cellphone, looking for me.
At one point i saw people on the floating dock.
Their flashlight caught my eye.
But when i stood there & watched, they disappeared.
After 45 minutes i went home.
Turns out Marielle had left me a message just after i left.
The people who had been talking to her quit answering their phone.
Perhaps they were reluctant when Marielle wanted them to capture the pup.
i am thinking that these were the people i saw, & i felt like they*d been hiding from me.
Back home & into my nightgown for the night.
i had to work the next day, so i told Marielle i was gone all the next day.
So it turned out that she called Aaron & he went down & found the pup on the back of a trimaran.
Norm landed at Grassy Point to pick up this pup & bring them to Saltspring.
Aaron also dealt with the next pup, who i believe was at Phipps Point?
Norm also came for that one & landed at Grassy Point to pick them up.
i dealt with the next pup.
i*d been on the phone for hours & had tons of work to do that day!
Just as i was heading out the door the phone rang so i grabbed it.
It was Marielle...
i think she could hear the dread in my voice.
But she takes no prisoners!
There was a pup that needed help & she wanted ME to be the one to bring them in.
You couldn*t*ve called me at a worse time.
A family was down at Heron Rocks & had found a Seal pup who was badly in need of rescue.
i was to run down there & meet them.
They had a cell phone but i don*t.
i called them to figure out their location before i left.
They were new to the Island & did their best to describe where to find them.
i roared down there.
i had to park a good ways away from the beach because there are campers this time of year & i am not allowed to walk through there.
So i went the back way, lugging the big tub with me.
i got down to the beach & the tide was way out.
There were at least ten groups of people out exploring Toby Island.
How was i to find my people?
i told them i*d be wearing a blue denim dress & i*d be carrying a big blue tub.
Someone started waving & i waved back.
But they were a long way out & i had a long way to walk.
Partway out there the fella came out to meet me & relieved me of the cumbersome tub.
There was a Mum & Dad & two kids that had been keeping an eye on the pup & good thing because i*m not sure how i would have found them otherwise.
Poor fella had a big gash on their head.
i didn*t waste a moment, i scooped the little one up right away to pop them straight into the tub.
i forgot to cover the head & the little guy took a snap at my face!
He had teeth!
& there was a nasty odour to him i have never smelled before.
He was the snappiest pup i have ever dealt with.
The fella picked up the tub & the lovely family trundled off with me back up to the car.
It had all gone so well i got snapped right out of the bad mood i had gotten myself into about why today? why right now?
i just hoped i would get home in time to finish my work in time.
i had called Marielle on the mother*s cell phone & she had lined up Jim Funk to meet me at Ford Cove to take the pup to the next volunteer at Deep Bay on Vancouver Island.
i got there & he wasn*t there!
Tick tick tick, i thought he would be waiting for me.
But he soon showed up & off he went while i ran home to get to work!
i*d made a huge mess digging out the tub from my shed, which was one of the many things i needed to do in the short amount of time i had left.

Here are the first two reports i got back from Marielle about the pup.
She hasn*t answered me about him since.
Gotta bug her one more time about this pup.
She couldn*t believe how feisty & snappy i described him as.
Once in her care, he wasn*t even lifting his head.
& he is a he.

Hi Barb
The pup is in critical condition. I have him on an IV right now again. Extremely emaciated, lethargic. Very bad shape. Thank you so so much for what you did yesterday. I am so so grateful to you.


He is a male, the gash looked to me like what a bird would do. It then got infected, like an abscess.
Poor little thing. I am surprised he even tried to bite considering how critical he is. He is not even lifting his head up. High fever last night, fighting a bad infection.

Fingers crossed...


The fourth pup was spotted in my neighbourhood, phew, at Grassy Point!
i*d been at work & Marielle had called & left a message.
Fortunately, the people were still down there, so i went to meet them.
They*d found the pup in a tide pool on the point & had moved him to the gravelly bay into the water, which is where he was slurping about in the water when he was pointed out to me.
i was ready to nab him but one of the women had spotted a pink umbilical cord on this one.
The pup seemed in good shape.
So according to DFO rules, we had to wait 24 hours in case the Mum had gotten scared off & would return.
Marielle & i both had the feeling that this pup needed rescue, but we had to wait.
Next morning i had to work & the pup was reported as still down there, but when i went down to find them i could not.
Aaron & i both scoured the area, he went over again all the areas i had already scanned, but we weren*t able to find the pup.
i spent the whole afternoon, then Aaron took over.
What is frustrating is that Marielle insists that the pup must be there.
They don*t go far from where they are first spotted.
But we aren*t finding or hearing them.
But Aaron looked again first thing yesterday morning & again last evening.
So far, no pup.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 19, 2018, 09:33:13 AM

Heron Rocks Seal pup update.
It was what i suspected.

I lost him Barb.I am so sorry.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: NancyM on August 19, 2018, 05:06:36 PM
Heartbreaking stories, booni, and obviously very frustrating for you.  Was that 3 or 4 pups all in one day this past weekend?  Yikes ...
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 19, 2018, 07:37:52 PM

august 3 & 4 was the first pup.
august 5 was the next one.
august 13 was the Heron Rocks pup & august 16, 17, 18 is the Grassy Point one we haven*t found yet.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on August 20, 2018, 03:37:57 AM
Thank you for what you do Booni - it is so so important - and I am glad for Aaron to pitch in sometimes too.   :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 20, 2018, 10:28:07 AM
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 20, 2018, 07:20:59 PM

Good news is that the Grassy Point Seal pup has been found!
Aaron nabbed him today, way over in front of Wiig Nest.
Marielle was able to compare fotos from the first day the pup was spotted to be sure this was actually the same individual.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Rajame on August 20, 2018, 11:53:36 PM
Thank you for the Hornby Rescue Team. We love you! Rajame and Mr. Raj :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 21, 2018, 01:01:03 AM
The HEART Team truly has  :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Sunny on August 21, 2018, 09:20:01 AM
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Cawatcher on August 21, 2018, 01:41:26 PM
The team that keeps on giving   :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 22, 2018, 06:34:06 PM

It was just after 7:30 am on a day when i had to leave home for work in half an hour & of course i was already running short on time, when this message came in twice over.

My brother is just launching his boat and phoned me to say there is a heron right beside the boat ramp at shingle spit that looks like it wing is broken. He said it looks in really bad shape.

Yikes, now what.
This is down next to the ferry terminal.
So i called Aaron & he was game to go!
He came over & got two sizes of kennels, & off he went..
With a Heron with a broken wing, Maj told me we are better off putting them in a smaller kennel so that they don*t flap around & hurt themselves further.
He said the capture was fairly easy.
The Heron tried to run, but got caught in a rock & pretty much gave up.
Aaron had them on the 8 ferry & off to town to meet MARS.
At ten he called & the Heron had already been euthanized.
The wing was broken & twisted around facing forward.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on August 23, 2018, 03:29:34 AM
 :ohno :eccry
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 23, 2018, 09:49:46 PM
Sad, but worth trying, booni.  Thank you and Aaron for your efforts and your brother for letting you know.     :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Rajame on August 24, 2018, 09:59:09 AM
Thank you for the work you do. Death is certainly the ultimate healing. I am glad the Heron did not suffer longer. Bless you. :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on August 25, 2018, 08:31:25 PM

Got a call at 7:30 this morning.
The neighbour who worked with me on the entangled Buck went to the ferry this morning & on her way there was a Mum Deer nursing her Fawn!   :heart
On her way back, the Mum was dead.   :lumphammer8
Why can*t people slow down when they see something like this happening?
i have to work today but Aaron & my neighbour are on it.
Seems late in the season for a nursing fawn but my neighbour said the Mum*s udder was full & she did see them nursing.


A bit of a change in the story.
Aaron & the sister of the woman who helped me rescue the Buck went back to the site & weren*t able to find the Fawn.
It turns out the woman has changed her story.
She didn*t actually see nursing or spots on the Fawn, indicating youth, & upon exam, the Mum*s udder didn*t look as though there*d been recent nursing.
So perhaps the Fawn will be able to look after themselves now.
But still...

Aaron went looking for the Fawn at Phipps Point & found a Seal pup instead.
He took pictures for Marielle & she said the pup needed to be sent in.
Jim Funk took the pup over to the next volunteer at Deep Bay, by boat, at noon today.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Donnae on August 25, 2018, 10:31:34 PM
Wow, you have been busy !!!!! Thanks for all you do. xoxo
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on September 02, 2018, 08:47:22 AM

i was just winding down into my evening, getting ready to go into my hidey-hole when the phone rang.
A pair of women i know had become quite fond of their neighbourhood Ravens, & were enjoying watching the antics of the three youngsters.
But one of them was down in their yard & behaving strangely, & seemed to have a broken wing.
They had called NIWRA about this youngster, & it had been left up to them to decide whether to bring the young Raven in or not.
i could tell the women were conflicted about what to do.
There were no promises from NIWRA, based on what they described the youngster as doing, that they would be able to help the young Raven.
i settled down to work on my puzzle to keep me calm while the woman debated in my ear about what to do.
She asked if i might be able to capture the Raven without causing too much distress to them.
i said i had done this before, i described what i would bring & what we would do, & i also explained that the capture can*t help but be stressful for the Bird.
Almost an hour later, she said she needed to hang up to think, & that she would call me back.
She did, & we were on for the capture.
i gathered a net & two towels & headed over there.
i probably should have brought my capture gloves, but i thought of that too late.
With a Raven, you have to watch the beak.
i spotted the Raven as soon as i walked into the yard.
She was in a fenced in area, hopping around with her beak open, looking very stressed.
The women had been giving her food & water, & wanted to do this before we tried to capture her but i advised against this.
One woman took the net & i went in with a towel.
The Raven definitely had something wrong.
She wasn*t walking well, nor was she managing to get out of the fenced area.
We surrounded her slowly, she went up against the fence, i told the women i was just going to go in there & nab her.
It was easy to throw the towel over her head & pick her up, she weighed nothing.
The women had prepared a kennel with the door open & i popped her in quickly & removed the capture towel.
We talked for a bit, then moved away to give the Raven quiet.
Everyone was a bit teary, the women really cared for this youngster.
Next day the Raven was brought to NIWRA first thing, & though they promised to call & report back to me, i never heard anything back.
So i popped them off an e-mail & heard back right away, almost a week later.

How did it go that day with dropping off the Raven?
Have you heard anything about her since?
i fear the worst, since i haven*t heard back from you.

Yes, the raven didn't make it. They said she had an old injury, and a newer one on top of that. Thank you so much for helping us with her. We were glad that we could give her a chance, sad that it went the way it did. But such is life with wild birds. The parent ravens called and called for 3 days after, crisscrossing their territory looking for her, but after that, they settled down to teaching their remaining 2 proper manners, caution and foraging. It's a wonder to be able to watch their lives, even though it's sometimes hard.

Your help made all the difference that day, and we're grateful that someone with your skills and knowledge, and the generosity to share them, is on this island.

Awwwwww, darn.
Thank you for filling me in on what happened.
i was very happy to help you that day, for sure.
Did they say what her old & new injury were?
~love barb

The old injury was in her pelvis. The new one was something that increased the pelvic injury, leading to the paralyzed leg. They said it looked like she was attacked by some kind of predator but managed to get away.

Thanks again for your help and support.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on September 03, 2018, 02:31:57 AM
Such a sad story. Nice that  so many humans cared enough  :nod2,  but unfortunate that some communications need to improve.  :mconfused  Thank you for being willing to stay up and wait while the women decide what they want to do, and for following up on the nature of the problems, as well as the final outcome Booni.  :thumbup: 
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on September 17, 2018, 09:28:47 AM
It was 5 pm & i*d just gotten in the door from working all day & was pooped!
i noticed a message on my answering machine from a number that i didn*t recognize.
More & more, people are calling from cellphones, & all you see is the number.
i was hoping it was a phone solicitation that i could just delete, but no.
The call had come in only an hour ago.
A woman had spotted a Hawk in trouble on the steep steep slope down to Olsen Farm.
She was on her way up the slope from her art studio when a Hawk kind of dropped out of a Tree & fell at her feet.
She could tell something was wrong, but wasn*t sure what to do.
She went through quite a bit of trouble to try to find me!
Someone told her where i lived, but she went to three wrong places & even left a note somewhere on a door where i don*t live.
When i called her back she answered & was at the Ball Park on her bike.
She was game to go with me & show me the spot, & good thing, because, yikes, i never would have spotted this Hawk without her.
She told me about the Hawk*s strange behaviour.
She thought the Hawk had a broken wing.
i said i*d gather my equipment then meet her at the Ball Park & pick her up & we could go look.
i got a towel & a small kennel & the net.
i was thinking a Sharp-shinned or perhaps a Cooper*s Hawk.
But asking her questions on the way there, she described a Bird as big as an Eagle!
So the kennel i*d brought was way too small.
Perhaps this Bird was a Red-tailed Hawk!
She said the Hawk did indeed have a red tail.
Quite a rare sighting, for Hornby.
There is not a lot of space to park on that hill, but she directed me to a spot near where her trail down was & i pulled over.
She took the net, i took the towel & carrier.
Yikes, this slope was practically straight down.
She went hopping off at nimble speed while i picked my way slowly.
It was little more that a Deer trail, with wooden steps in places.
i wished i*d had both hands free to hang on to something on my way down, but one hand was full.
She went hippity hopping off down at high speed & i lost sight of her a few times.
She spotted the Hawk!
But the Hawk took off & landed awkwardly further down the slope, off the trail.
She pointed to where you could just see the feathers of the wing & the wide open beak pointing our way.
The Hawk was on their back & not moving.
i asked her if she*d be game to go down there & do the capture, &, phew, she was.
i told her to cover the head with the towel, then get control of the feet.
She took the towel, plus the net, just in case, & off she skipped, down the slope, while i watched & directed.
She was able to walk right up to the Hawk & the Hawk stayed on their back, wings spread & beak wide open.
She tossed the towel over the head & was able to get ahold of the feet through the towel.
She had the Hawk by the feet, wings hanging down & open.
Not ideal, but on this slope i was just happy to have the Hawk in hand.
There really wasn*t anywhere to lay the Hawk down & gather the wings in.
So we went back up the hill like that, me with the net & kennel, her holding the Hawk by the feet with the head covered & the wings hanging open & down.
Going up felt safer than going down, but was still very precarious, but for her it was a piece of cake, she does it all the time, & she was like four years old, so she was right behind me the whole time, silent, while i huffed & puffed my way up.
i was REALLY glad to get back to the road.
Again, there wasn*t really a safe place to lay out the Hawk so we went all the way back to the car before i had space to gather in both wings & wrap them into a bundle with the towel.
She ended up getting into the car with the Hawk in her lap, wrapped in the towel & holding the feet.
She thought the Hawk felt quite heavy, & was quite warm in her lap all the way back to my place.
i left her sitting in the car with the Hawk in her lap while i dug out a larger kennel, cleaned & dried it a bit, then lined it with a clean towel.
i put it on a table for easy access & left the door open.
She came out of the car with her bundle & i instructed her to turn the Hawk right side up & feed them into the kennel head first.
The Hawk went in with wings spread, & sharp talons hanging onto the capture towel.
We couldn*t close the door because the big capture towel was in the way, due to the feet clinging to the towel.
We tried prying the toes apart, but holy-moly, that Hawk was hanging on tight.
i ended up covering the kennel with the door as closed as it could go, hoping the Hawk would eventually let go.
We waited for a ride to come get her, & we talked about the ethics of leaving the Hawk to let Nature take her course, or whether it was right to rescue them.
i told her what they*d do with the Hawk once they arrived at MARS.
Unfortunately, we were too late for the last ferry, so the Hawk was spending the night with me.
She gave me a hug, still buzzing with adrenaline, & i decided to put the kennel inside for the night, just in case that partly open door caused a problem with escape.
At least the Hawk would be contained, if that happened.
i pushed the covered kennel door up against a bed, to help keep it closed.
i went back a bit later & was able to draw the towel out & close the door properly!
The Hawk was in full defense, with open wings & beak.
i was worried i hadn*t tucked in the wing properly, & it might be caught somehow, but in the morning when i peeked in the Hawk had turned them self around & was now facing the door with wings & beak open & looking at me.
i was so happy the Hawk had survived capture & the night.
i*d put an ad on two Hornby facebook pages & got two replies right away!
One would take the Hawk right to MARS on the nine am ferry!
So i was there to meet them on my road at 8:30 & off they went.
i*d gotten a call from Reg, wondering when the Hawk was coming in, & i told him roughly 10:30 to 11 would be likely.
i said i*d be very curious to hear back on his assessment of the Hawk, & he said he would let me know.
The Hawk was dropped off & my kennel brought back & the drivers even got a free trip on the ferries because they were delivering injured wildlife!
The wing was broken, but it wasn*t sure where & that needed to be assessed before they could think about repairing the wing.
i hope hope hope to get some good news about this lovely Red-tailed Hawk!
i wonder if they are one of the pair of young of this year that wren spotted in the area, or are they the Mum or Dad of the pair?
& what kind of body condition were they in?
We have no idea how long this Hawk has been injured for, & it is amazing luck for the Hawk that this young woman was in the right place at the right time to spot them!
link to my fotos page - 
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on September 17, 2018, 10:15:42 AM
It was 2 pm & the power had gone out at 10 am & i was expected elsewhere & was just heading out the door when the phone rang.
i saw Island Wildlife on the display & grabbed the phone, thinking it was Reg with a report on the Hawk!
It took me a moment to adjust & come back to reality when i heard Marielle*s voice instead.
Uh-oh, a Seal pup.
Turns out a woman visiting for a wedding had spotted a lone weaner Seal pup on the beach in Helliwell & Marielle wanted me to go get them.
A weaner pup is one who has been weaned from their Mother*s milk & is now on their own to feed themselves.
Sometimes these don*t cope well, & so we need to rescue the weaner pup.
i told her i was just heading out the door & i was late, & could she maybe ask Aaron to go instead?
Well, she had called Aaron, both his numbers, but he had not answered.
She described where the woman had seen the pup, it was a pretty good description, & she also was asking her for fotos to help me find the spot, but still...
Helliwell is a long drive away for me, then a long walk with a kennel & towel & net, & then trying to find the pup from a description?
i am trying to get out of it & the disappointment is loud & clear in Marielle*s voice over the phone.
i agree to prepare my equipment while Marielle tries to reach the woman to see if she would meet me there.
First thing i do is try both Aaron*s numbers to see if he will answer.
He answers his cellphone & he is on the way already to get the gear from me!
What a relief!
Three seconds later i hear his car & by the time i get out there he already has the tub & the net & is ready to go.
While i was on the phone with Marielle the power had come back on so now there are a million things to do before i can leave, including figure out what is happening with the cam.
The computer in the shed has not come back on so we are not able to connect remotely to get in & start the stream.
So i say i will head to the shed on my way out.
i forgot, of course, & needed to go back closer to 9pm to turn on the computer.
Meanwhile, the phone is ringing & it is Marielle & Aaron has already found, photographed & captured the weaner pup!
Jim Funk is already lined up to take the pup by boat to Deep Bay.
& i*m not even out the door yet, sigh...

Two assessment fotos taken by the woman on her cellphone.
Marielle was trying to send me them but i told her the power was out.
This didn*t mean anything to her, she is thinking i have an ipad or cellphone & can still get the fotos & show them to Aaron, which i can not.
So she sends them to Aaron, phew.
They show very well where the Seal pup is.

september 16 2018 - Weaner pup
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1895/44691864032_bb9f507872_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2b6gu8S)

Marielle can tell from these fotos, & by the pup*s behaviour, that they need help.
i don*t know how she does it.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1867/44691862482_22ceb85954_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2b6gtF9)

These are fotos taken by Aaron, of the pup in the tub after capture.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1856/42931038070_6c4aa1679e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28pEMVy)

This pup actually looks very little & young, considering we are already halfway through september.
Yay Marielle & her years of experience!
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1866/44691863042_8f3683f6ba_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2b6gtQN)

link to my fotos page - 
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: jeavverhey on September 18, 2018, 03:45:13 AM
Awwww - you are so brave and caring Booni!  Thank you for all you do. Thank goodness for that young fleet-of-foot woman and Aaron also. What wonderful caring souls you all are. Nice to know the traosporters get free ferry trips too. Seems appropriate even if a bit surprising.  👏👏🏼👍🏻❤️
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Cawatcher on September 18, 2018, 06:22:57 AM
 :heart Thank you booni for your Heart that come before all else  :heart
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2018, 10:47:03 AM

So, Reg said he*d call me back about our Red-tailed Hawk, but he hasn*t, so i feared the worst.
Called MARS this morning but he wasn*t in.
The person who answered was very helpful & looked up the file for the Hawk.
Unfortunately they were euthanized.
They had a compound fracture of the wing, & it had been broken for so long that the bone end had dried out & was no long repairable.
The beak was also broken!
& the poor Hawk had long term starvation, going by the body condition.
i noticed there was no sign of poop in the kennel that was brought back to me.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 20, 2018, 04:33:00 PM
Darn it,  to think how long it must have been struggling in that condition.  They sure are tough though,  they put up a good fight.  Glad it is at rest now and no longer suffering.
Title: Re: 2018
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 20, 2018, 06:39:23 PM

I'm sorry it turned out that way, booni.  Even if you do your best, we've seen the effects of human encroachment too often.  :sorry