Happy Weekend, all.
As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a story from last weekend with all of you.
Late last Sunday evening I was backing out of my driveway for a short grocery store run, when I saw an injured bird frantically flapping on the street ahead of my car, unable to get up.
Seeing the bird, which I later identified as a Sterling, I pulled over, grabbed a towel from my gym bag on the seat behind me and proceeded to move the bird from the busy road to a dark box in my garage.
Worried, and now knowing my evening plans were about to change, I immediately started making phone calls, trying to find someone who could help the bird, who appeared to have a broken wing and foot (I believe it was hit by a car).
I quickly realized that in suburban Lebanon County, I had no idea who to call. Thankfully, my first call was to a very helpful woman at a local emergency veterinary hospital who was able to give me the number for the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (PAWR), a statewide network of certified volunteers and rescue centers equipped to help injured wildlife.
I quickly got through to a rescue in neighboring Schuylkill County that would take the injured bird, but watching his condition deteriorate I wasn’t sure he’d survive the trip.
Unfortunately, the evening ended around 10 p.m. with me tearfully trying to regroup at an I-81 truck stop after dropping the fading bird off with the rescue group.
I wanted to share this story because as spring approaches, I’m sure baby birds, rabbits and other wildlife will inadvertently find themselves in harm’s way and in need of human help.
Should you find yourself in the same or similar situation, please consult the experts about at PAWR or Wildlife in Need (WIN) for assistance.
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Cheers to a leisurely weekend,
Cassie Miller, Associate Editor