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Blandford Nature Center Wildlife Rehab Blog - The Newbie

Blandford Nature Center Wildlife Rehab Blog - The Newbie

From: http://bncwildliferehab.wordpress.com/

On 3/7 a Cooper’s hawk came into us after it was found not flying in Grand Rapids. The poor critter has a open wound in its left wing, but luckily the bone doesn’t seem to be broken. We have put some ointment on it and wrapped its wing to his body. It hasn’t ate on its own yet, so wildlife staff will have to force feed it until it does.

Spring and Robins

Spring and Robins

Is spring really on the way to Michigan?

Today David Pomper came into work reporting a Robin singing away in the shrubs just outside the front doors here at WZZM13.

Shortly after that Lucas Meschke arrived at work, so I asked him to go out and take a picture of the bird but the Robin just would not co-operate, instead, turning its’ back to Lucas. He got a shot but not as good as the picture I found to paste to this article.

This Robin gives us hope that spring cannot be far away.

John Ball Zoo Panel Discussion: Animal-Human Encounters

John Ball Zoo Panel Discussion: Animal-Human Encounters

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lions, tigers and bears in our own backyards? Not really - but we're hearing more and more about animal-human encounters in our neighborhood. Learn what IS happening and what can we do at this free panel discussion featuring wildlife experts from the DNR, John Ball zookeepers and wildlife rehabilitation experts.

Visit http://www.johnballzoosociety.org for additional information.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

Time for turtles

Time for turtles

From Blandford Nature Center

This time of year you will see many turtles crossing roads, and you may wonder what's the safest way to move them. Snappers have long necks and can reach all the way to their sides, so the best spot to grab them is the back of their shell by their back legs. You don't want to grab their tails, as you can damage their spines. You can also push them from the back end with a stick or your foot and gently move them off the road. This is a pic of a Snapping Turtle being put back into her cage after cleaning, she came in this week after being hit by a car and the vet wired her jaw back together.

Red's Hobby Farm at John Ball Zoo

Red's Hobby Farm at John Ball Zoo

Opening May 7. For 32 years, LV Eberhardt’s Children’s Zoo has made family memories and this Saturday the tradition continues with a new look and theme: Red's Hobby Farm. We've made it better for the animals and more interactive for the visitors. The asphalt in the corral was replaced with a more natural substrate. We've even added some animals - cow and pigs. Red's is a replica of today's small hobby farms, complete with tractor, old fashioned water pump, and farmland wildlife. We are thankful for all the generous donor's that helped make this improvement possible.