Welcome from Missi, Avian Ambassador at Wild Bird Rescue, Inc.

I came to Wild Bird Rescue in the summer of 2009. Some woman found me on the ground and picked me up. Good thing she knew what to do. She took me to Wild Bird Rescue. At the door, a nice lady named Lila, picked me up and took me into a room called the infirmary. After a complete exam, Lila put me in this large box called a carrier. I stayed there for a few weeks while everyone decided what to do with me. Because I had completely lost my left eye, I would not do well if released back into the wild. The Migratory Bird Act of 1918 says I have to be releasable or be euthanized. Lucky for me Wild Bird Rescue decided to keep me around as their first education bird. I like to be called their Avian Ambassador...I think that sounds more important. Don't you? I will be going out to schools in the fall to help with presentations. I wonder if I get to use PowerPoint? I hope you enjoy keeping up with my trials and tribulations while I am learning how to work on the glove.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7, 2010

Lila didn’t visit much with me yesterday as she had to bag dead bodies in our freezer.   Yes, unfortunately we can’t save all our birds and due to safety protocols, we don’t just throw them in the trash.  In the past they’ve had to be incinerated.  Fortunately, US Fish and Wildlife Service has set up National Feather Repositories for Native American tribes.  One such repository is just over the Oklahoma border.   Sia, in Cyril, Oklahoma, is part of the Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative.  Over the past three decades, Sia has participated in research with native eagles and raptors of historic cultural significance to the Numunuh (Comanche).  Now when a beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk or a bright red Cardinal must be euthanized due to a profound injury , its Spirit lives on in the heart and soul of the Numunuh as part of their tribal ceremonies.  Phee Phew!

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