Not only does Blandford take excellent care of our permanent residents, we also watch out for our wild ones. One of our squirrels has acquired some sweet skills for getting food in the winter. Comment to submit your wittiest caption. The best comment gets bragging rights for being one creative cookie!
The time has come for the rehab Barn Owl that was discovered in Coopersville on May 21st to make his way back into the wild. This Barn came in after suffering from rodenticide poisoning that caused massive hemorrhaging, dehydration, and the inability to use his legs. Through months of rehabilitation and some TLC, the Barn has made a full recovery. Tomorrow will be the start of a brand new life for him and we wish him all the best. Here’s a look back on his 6 month stay with us
Bob had his yearly visit to the vet today and just like any cat he absolutely hated it. Wildlife Staff had to pester him until he went into his carrier. He has been trained to know how to do this on his own, but when do cats do anything they are supposed to do?
Once he got to the vet he was sedated and had a full physical exam. He gained 5 pounds making him 31 pounds of cute, chubby kitty. Wild Bobcats can weigh up to 40 lbs, but normally the average male Bobcat weighs about 20-25 lbs with females smaller at about 15 lbs. So Bob is a little on the chunky side. He got a clean bill of health other than the fact he does have roundworm. Most likely he contracted this from the other wildlife (squirrels and chipmunks) that are unfortunate enough to make it into his cage and not make it back out. He’ll be on medicine for that.
Bob is safely back in his enclosure where the effects of the drugs are slowly wearing off. He was pretty out of it when staff put him back in, but boy did he look cute!
Want to make Bob feel better? He enjoys a nice piece of frozen fish every now and then and would appreciate it if you donated some. How can you resist this face?
September’s Animal of the Month: The Long Eared Owl
Common Name: Long-Eared Owl
Scientific Name: Asio otus
Burt came to us in 2008 after he was hit by a car in Grant, MI, which led to wing damage. This wing damage hindered his ability to sustain flight, therefore he could never survive in the wild.
Burt was named after actor Burt Reynolds for his fiery disposition and his one of a kind mustache. Can you see the resemblance? He often puffs up at wildlife staff and always keeps an eye on whoever comes into the Wildlife Center.
Long Eared Owls are woodland owls that can maneuver through dense brush fairly well. They hunt in open grasslands and fields for field mice, squirrels, voles, frogs, snakes, and sometimes even insects. Captive owls have been known to live up to ten years where as in the wild it is considerably less. Common predators are the Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl. They get their names from the tufts of feathers that stick out on top of their heads. These are not their ears but feathers that aid in communication and concealment. Their ears are located behind their facial disk under feathers for protection.
Long Eared Owls are a threatened species here in Michigan.
Nowadays you can find Burt perched in his enclosure inside the wildlife center. He’ll keep his eyes trained on you as you look at all the other critters. He may be captive, but boy is he a wild one!
You can help us care for Burt!
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 Long Eared your name will appear on his 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!
Our newest resident, a female Barn Owl, flew in last night from Washington. She has a wing injury that doesn’t allow her to fly, but we aren’t sure exactly what that injury is. She will take another trip sometime next week to our vet for her first checkup.
You guys have no idea how excited we were to meet her!
Within the next few weeks we will be picking out a name for her from the suggestions that you guys have given on facebook or on here, so keep ’em coming. She will be off display inside the center until we feel she is comfortable with both her surrundings and the Wildlife Staff. Here are some pictures of her arrival!
Want to welcome the Barn Owl yourself? What better way of saying “welcome to Blandford” then sponsoring our newest addition. Help cover her trips cost, her medical care, and maybe some cool new toys by sponsoring her. Sponsorships start at only $25. Interested? Call Sam at 616-735-6240 ext 15
I came across this video we took of Baby a year ago. She was about 2 months old here. I bought her that cat toy when I was an intern and she loved it! We used to let her fly around the wildlife center when she was learning to fly and she would carry that thing with her the entire time. They grow up so fast. 😀