Archive for April, 2012

What Kind of Baby Bird Did I Find?????

this is sketch of immature dove

The season is upon us and our volunteers are receiving calls throughout the day.  One of the tasks in screening those calls is to try to find out what kind of bird the caller has rescued.  This is often difficult with baby birds, but here are some hints.  You will find more information, of course, on our website.  Baby doves are common here in the valley.  The baby doves are covered with a soft ‘fur-like’ down on their bodies.  Baby song birds, on the other hand, are born naked, with their eyes closed.  Here are some sketches to help you with identifying the difference. You might notice that baby doves are somewhat ‘cuter’ when very young and baby song birds look like some tiny ‘alien’ creature with large rounded stomachs!  Remember, the best chance for such young birds to survive is to get the help of a trained rehabber as soon as possible.

this is sketch of baby song bird


Beware Summer Trich

No, the title to this blog is not a mis type.  It is not trick…but trich, sometimes known as canker that we are talking about. This disease can spread rapidly through a bird population. The following information is also in our newsletter – Bird Tracks – and was written by Nancy, the Director of East Valley Wildlife.

Doves and pigeons are susceptible to a disease called Trichomoniasis (Trich) or “canker”.  It affects the sinuses, mouth, throat, esophagus, and crop causing a growth that looks like cottage cheese.  If caught early, a medication called Spartrex will stop and dry up these cankers and the bird can recover.  If left untreated, the canker will block the mouth and throat and the bird is unable to eat.

Trich is spread through the saliva and fecal matter.  Parent birds with trich will pass it on to the babies.  If an infected bird drinks from a water source or spits out a seed it cannot swallow, the organism is passed on to other birds.

          A bird with trich will stop eating and become emaciated.  In later stages, the bird will be unable to close it’s mouth and slimy drool may be visible. 

          With flocks of wild pigeons or doves, it is difficult to control trich in a backyard setting.  Keeping water sources such as birdbaths cleaned daily and washed with bleach can help.  If you are able to catch a downed bird, bring it to a rehabber for treatment.


Grant/Funding Opportunity

Since I subscribe to a grant funding/philanthropy website, I wanted to share with you some information. It does not pertain to wildlife per se, however, we can assume that those who care about wildlife are animal lovers as well.  Pass this information on to any group or .org who might qualify.  The grant money is being offered by the Pedigree Foundation. You can find the application and more information about the Foundation on their website  www.pedigree  The 2012 funding is for those organizations/animal shelters who can provide/promote/sustain innovative ways to increase the adoption of homeless animals. The applying organization must be a qualified 501(c)(3) registered not for profit.  There are other guidelines that must be met and those are outlined on the website in the application process.  The grants are named Pedigree Foundation Innovation Grants (for obvious reasons).  The deadline for applications appears to be June 29, 2012 to qualify. Good Luck to all who apply!


Good Work ‘Wild At Heart’

Saw on television that the Wild at Heart organization was called upon to rescue hawk’s nest on the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona.  The hawks apparently chose a very unfavorable site for their nest – a building that was about to be demolished. The nest was relocated and the eggs were taken away to be ‘fostered’. Department of Fish and Wildlife was part of the rescue, since the hawks are a protected species. The report is that mama hawk will seek her relocated nest and lay additional eggs. Speaking of eggs – Happy Easter to Everyone.  Please remember that live animals – chicks and bunnies – do not make good Easter “toys”.  Remember our “Get Stuffed” campaign and give plush toys for Easter.


New!”The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals”

Please pass this on…the new paperback is out, entitled “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them”  The author, Wayne Pacelle, head of Humane Society of U.S. Ask your bookstore to stock it. Buy a copy. A good read for every animal lover, defender, champion. “A fascinating exploration of humanity’s eternal bond with animals…” according to various websites… Walmart $15; Amazon $17.81; Target $18.89 and also available as NOOK ebook. Am rushing out to get my copy!!!