Archive for September, 2014

The Medical Language of Rehabbing

There are many medical terms (for humans) that have ‘transitioned’ into the language of rehabbing.  Here are just a few, which you might recognize: (Note: the explanation is written in ‘common’ language, not the more complex medical terminology)

septicemic. When a disease is said to be septicemic, it means that the toxins have invaded the blood stream and can travel to other parts of the system

opportunistic disease.  Is a disease caused by organisms normally residing harmlessly in the body of a healthy bird.  if the bird’s immune system becomes compromised, the pathogens take advantage of this opportunity to cause disease.

pathogen. Is an organism that causes disease (bacteria, viruses, fungi for example)

necrotic. This word means that the cells have died. If there is necrotic tissue in a wound, that tissue has died and needs to be removed so the wound can heal correctly.

palpate.  When you are directed to palpate an area on the bird, you want to use your fingers (usually thumb and forefinger) and GENTLY press/squeeze to check the condition.

debriding.  Means to cut away the foreign, contaminated, necrotic material from a wound or infected lesion until healthy tissue is exposed.

prophylactic.  This word means preventive.  When birds are given a prophylactic dose of medicine, it means they do not have or exhibit signs of a disease, but they are at risk.

Our coming e-book will have a complete glossary of terms used by expert rehabilitators, and rehab terms are used throughout the book.

You will also need to know some terminology if you are to apply for permits and licensing to do rehabilitation work with wildlife.



Any Leftover Easter Goodies????

I thought the title might catch your eye! You might be thinking, ugh!  If I still have Easter candy left over, I would NOT want to eat it!  No candy, but what we are seeking are donations of empty Easter baskets for 2015 Easter Basket Bonanza fund raiser.  We are also in need of clean stuffed toys and small games with an “Spring/Easter” theme.  We could also use ribbons.  Our Easter Basket fundraiser has been a great success for many years.  It has been such a success that we have run out of baskets!  We work on the baskets throughout the year.  Each basket is given a “theme”, for example a “truck” basket, or a “jungle” basket (filled with ‘wild’ stuffed animals).  We become VERY creative when it comes to filling the baskets (last season we had a rubber ducky basket and a pony basket).  Our baskets do not have any candy in them.  Also, During the Spring/Easter season we encourage the public to “Get Stuffed!”  We ask them to purchase a cute cuddly stuffed animal and not a live duckling or chick.  Live baby animals are NOT toys!  So if you have any nice looking baskets, we would love to take them off your hands! along with those toys, games and ribbons.    Send an email to Nancy at that you have baskets to donate!  THANKS.


Things Are Heating Up!

Hi,  After a really hectic baby season here at EVW, we are moving into another busy time.  I wrote previously about our major efforts to move into the twenty first century with our technical doings.  The e-book, Off To A Flying Start, is coming along nicely.  Following an extended  editorial telephone conference, we will soon have the beginnings of a workable document.  Then our techie guru can begin her magic on revisions later this year.  There have been updates to our website and a new Volunteer Response Form.  We hope to have the Volunteer Response Form interactive sometime soon.  If a potential volunteer expresses interest in our work, they will be able to complete the form on line, rather than mailing the form back to us.  Since most of us have forgotten what a postage stamp looks like, this will be a major leap forward!  We will have the new Volunteer Handbook ready shortly. We plan to make that available on line also.  The e-newsletter, Bird Tracks,  is celebrating its anniversary this month!  Cannot believe that only six months ago I was struggling with making sense of how to build an e-newsletter!  Thanks to many of you for your contributions about possible topics.  And the big news…we just might have a guest blogger!!  That is still “in the works”.  I felt it was time to give another voice to this blog, with fresh ideas, topics and new approach to content.  So…stay tuned for more developments.