Archive | June, 2012

Keeping Animals Cool on a Hot Summer Day

28 Jun

Here are a few ways to help make a hot summer day a little better for your pets and even the wild animals in your backyard.

1. Make sure your pets have lots of water! If they have to be outside make access to shade available.

2. Never leave a pet in your car on a hot day, even with windows cracked. If the temperature outside is 90 degrees, the temperature inside the car can reach up to 110 degrees! Hot cars can quickly become dangerous to a trapped animal.

3. Provide water in a bird bath or a pool on the ground so your backyard critters can take a dip! You’ll find birds, turtles, and others will stop by to cool off.

4. Turn on the sprinklers near bushes. Cardinals and other birds will there allowing the sprinklers to hit them and become wet.

Here at Blandford our animals get hot too! We make sure our critters have plenty of water and access to shade. Our Bobcat even has his very own pool. Today I used a spray bottle with cold water and misted our resident Turkey Vultures. Because they were hand raised they don’t get scared when I come by and really enjoyed the water. I bet they would love it if I got a sprinkler in their cage! Silly girls!

Turkey Vulture enjoying her cool down spray.


Barn Owl Update: Doing Much Better!

22 Jun

The Barn Owl is doing very well and started eating on his own last night for the first time! He is also down to one dose of his medication a day, which is wonderful news. Once he is eating on his own consistently, we will then transfer him to an outdoor rehab cage where he will work on building his wing strength. If he continues to improve as he is he should be able to be released!

A huge thank you to all that have sent in donations for the Barn Owl!!! Your gifts have made it possible for us to give him the utmost care he deserves!

Feeling much better, the male Barn Owl screams as Wildlife Staff prepare to feed him.


Barn Owl in the News

8 Jun

This week has been a great week for the Wildlife Center here at Blandford. We have been getting a lot of press about our Barn Owl! Check out the three stories that have been in the news just this week alone!

WZZM 13 segment (I was so nervous!)

GR Press with Wildlife Staff Lori Martin

Channel 3 News

It’s wonderful to see the community really respond to these stories as we have already received some donations towards the Barn Owl.

UPDATE: On Thursday I was afraid that the little guy wasn’t going to make it. I got him out for his feeding and he started vomiting up blood. I rushed him to the vet where she told me she was now certain that it was rat poisoning. The poisoning is an anticoagulant or a blood thinner. It interferes with the Vitamin K in the liver, which is needed for the synthesis of blood clotting proteins. Basically an animal ingests the poison and will bleed out. Symptoms of this won’t show up in birds who eat mice that have ingested the poison for about two weeks. The treatment is injections of Vitamin K. Today I was happy to see the guy was feisty and aggressive. I got him out for his feeding and no blood! Things are looking bright for the little critter!

Happy Friday! I’m feeling much better!


The New Guys on the Block

4 Jun

This week has been wild animal mania! Within 3 days we have had six animals show up here at Blandford. All these guys are available to be adopted!

On Tuesday an immature Snapping Turtle was brought in from the Sandy Pines campground. The little guy is missing his two front feet, which makes him non-releasable. We will more than likely be keeping him as a permanent resident.

The Snapper was probably attacked by a dog or a raccoon resulting in his missing limbs.

A Green Frog was found by our outdoor education staff 5/29/12. He has some sort of fungus on his nose. With fungus its very hard to treat, so right now all we can do is give him his medication and hope that it helps!

The white fungus is located on the frog’s nose. We are treating him with Baytril.

On 5/29, two Blanding’s Turtles came in. One was released the next day and the other died from his injuries.

5/30/12 we received a Eastern Screech Owl chick who’s eyes were visibly cloudy and red. We’ve got him on medicated eye drops and they seem to be helping. He’s eating on his own so that’s a great sign. If his vision clears up we will be placing him in our resident Screech’s cage for him to foster.

Screech owl chick when it first came in. The poor guy couldn’t even open his eyes they were so painful.

Taken on 6/1 the chick is starting to open its eyes more and more. The cloudiness has reduced in one of the eyes, but not by much.

On 5/31 an immature American Kestrel was brought into us after she was found not flying at someone’s work. She has no injuries, but it did look like she may have hit her head. She’s eating on her own just fine, so we will be keeping her for more observations and then it is likely she will be released.

This immature Kestrel is feeling much better from when she first came in. She’s already bitten me a few times!

Today a Great Horned Owl was brought in after someone found him in their backyard. Wildlife staff gave him fluids today to get him hydrated and we will start feeding him tomorrow. He is pretty out of it and it looks like some sort of head trauma happened. Whether it happened when he was hit by a car or if he hit a window we don’t know. We will keep him on fluids and hopefully he can recover!

A very dehydrated Great Horned Owl rests in his cage. He’s tried to get up a few times and doesn’t seem strong enough to do it just yet.

UPDATE: The Barn Owl is continuously showing improvement every day. He was able to perch for us a few times already, but doesn’t seem able to stay up there for very long. He is off his medicine, but is still getting therapy for his toes three times a day.You can visit Blandford’s facebook page to see a video of the Barn Owl by clicking here!

June’s Animal of the Month

1 Jun

June’s Animal of the Month: The Great Horned Owls

Common Name: Great Horned Owls
Scientific Name: Bubo virginianus
Sex: Female and Male

About Katherine the Great and Stan

Our female Great Horned Owl, Katherine the Great, came to Blandford on 12/27/1991 where she was found on the East Loop of our property. She had damage to her left wing and came in with sores on all of her toes. Her injuries would not allow her to ever fly well enough to catch her prey.

Our male Great Horned Owl, Stan, came to Blandford on 11/18/1988 after he was found not flying at Grattan Raceway. His right wing was dislocated and the bones had then fused in an awkward position making him unable to fly well enough to survive in the wild

The male, Stan, is the smaller owl on the left and the female, Katherine the Great, is the larger owl on the right.

Nowadays you can find the two owls sitting closely together in their nest box. They might even click their beaks and hiss at you when you walk by. Even though the two  get along well with each other they are not mates. The female, who was found on the property, has a wild mate that still visits her every breeding season. He even brings her dead animal pieces as gifts!

You can help us care for Katherine and Stan!

Blandford is a wildlife sanctuary that allows us to take in animals that do not have the necessary abilities to be able to survive in the wild on their own. Your sponsorship goes towards the feeding, cleaning, medication, and overall love and care we provide for our resident animals. By sponsoring the Great Horned Owls your name will appear on their outdoor cage for all the world to see!  Click here to view the different sponsorship levels and to make your contribution or come on in and fill out a form and visit them in person!

By sponsoring the June Animal of the Month you will be entered into a drawing for a free wildlife gift package! During a wildlife gift package you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our resident animals by cleaning their cages and feeding them. You will also receive a free wildlife t-shirt and a photo with your favorite critter! Go ahead and sponsor these guys today!

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