Welcome to week two of our Freedom Friday videos! This week we show the renesting of two baby red shouldered hawks whose nest was blown down in a storm. The Wildlife Center of Venice was called and dispatched Jerry and Sandy, two of our busiest rescuers, out to catch the juveniles. They made the long, but all too familiar, drive out to WCV to get them checked out. After a few days, a few free meals, and a clean bill of health, Mike and Tammy Kipp were sent out to renest them. Mike, our newest board member, and tree climber extraordinaire, was able to climb the tree and secure a new makeshift nest out of a wicker basket. Mike also tossed a “to go order” of a few mice in the nest to hold them over until the parents returned. The parents were back in the nest feeding their kiddos in their new digs about 30 minutes afterwards. Thanks to all involved. Pretty cool stuff!
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This month’s volunteer profile: Stephanie Boor.
Stephanie has been with the Wildlife Center for 5 years, and for anyone who sees her on Facebook, you know that she is both fearless and determined. What you may not know is that she is also involved with our fund raising projects and she home fosters animals needing additional care and monitoring.
When asked about her most challenging rescues, the immediate response was “Bobcats”, mentioning one who was trapped under a bridge. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department took her in a boat to reach the frightened animal that then had to be captured, transported to the shore and placed in a carrier for transfer to the Center.
Her “most satisfying job” with the Center? A good rescue and then releasing that patient back into its own habitat.
Stephanie’s “words of wisdom” to everyone is “If in doubt, call!!” If you have any concern that a feathered, furred, or shelled “critter” may need help, call the Center right then. It’s much better to have a rescuer arrive and determine if there is a need rather than wait several days before deciding help is needed and then calling. The “wait and see” time may make recovery more difficult or impossible. Our rescuers also consider a determination of “aid not needed” to be a successful “rescue”.