Smoky Summer Days
For anyone reading this not living in the Seattle area ~ August was a long, hot, and smoke filled month. Much of the Puget Sound area, and even surrounding parts of the PNW, were blanketed with smoke and haze from wildfires that were raging in the forests of British Columbia. It finally cleared and we could again see blue sky and the mountain ranges in the distance. However, again yesterday smoky haze filled our air again from wildfires burning in Washington.
Apparently, another heat wave is coming next week, and we seem to be having frequent grass fires locally as well – so, I suppose we can expect more smoke and … squirrels. They seem to both be abundant this month. Even though the calendar is about to shift to September, and the Autumn Equinox is just 3 weeks ago – baby squirrels keep arriving. We are also seeing a few other “babies” late this season, some cottontails, a baby crow, baby raccoons, coyote pups, and just yesterday a baby opossum.
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Birds of a Feather
1. This Bald eagle (baby) was rescued by our staff on 8/15, after being reported down on the ground and unable to fly. He was severely dehydrated and emaciated with a poor prognosis, but has responded well to treatment and is doing much better. He is still has blood feathers so it will be a while before he can fly - but, we are encouraged that he is eating well and gaining weight.
2. We currently have two Great horned owls both suffered wing injuries. The owl above was caught up in some barbed wire, the other one had been entangled in landscape netting. They are both recovering and their wounds are healing. They are together in a flight cage outside now where they will remain for at least a couple more weeks.
3. This orphaned juvenile Glaucous-winged gull is healthy, but too young to fly. He was found on the ground in Everett, alone and rescued. We have a couple of other young gulls in our care at this time and soon they will all be together until they are strong and able to be released.
Another young coyote pup arrived this month with a broken leg. She had surgery to pin the fracture and is doing much better now. We will be taking in another young pup from a facility in Olympia next week, so neither of them are alone. We work with other wildlife centers to match "siblings" whenever possible.She is too small to be paired up with the older coyotes we currently have, so this will work out well for both of them.