Monday, February 7, 2011

The unsung heroes.

I am a member of the PTA at my kids school, and I am the Programming Director.  Sounds impressive, and it's a lot of fun.  I get to find and invite various individuals and programs to visit and perform for the kids, all paid for by the PTA.  Today we had a presentation by South Bay Wildlife Rehab for the 3rd Graders.  Essentially, they are a non-profit organization that rehabilitate injured, orphaned and sick birds and wildlife in the South Bay area.  They brought along with them a few birds that they have that are not releasable into the wild because of injuries sustained that result in them being unable to feed or defend themselves.  One of the birds was a magnificent red tailed hawk that electrocuted itself in the power lines and lost part of her right wing.

Another was a great horned owl who only had 1 working claw on her right foot.

Then there was the tiny little screech owl who sustained an eye injury when the tree he was living in was cut down while he was still in it.  And the magnificent barn owl who has a wing injury that doesn't allow her to fully extend her left wing.

It was only after the program was finished and I was talking to one of the teachers that I found out that the South Bay Wildlife Rehab doesn't own any buildings.  The whole organization is run by volunteers from their homes.  If you call them with a sick or injured bird, one of their 70+ volunteers will take the bird and rehabilitate it.  At home.  They keep the birds and look after them.  Feed them.  Care for them.  At home. 
So this blog is dedicated to the unsung heroes.  The volunteers who care for sick and injured creatures.  Who raise orphaned birds and teach them to hunt, and survive. They have a 70% successful release rate.  They are heroes in my book.  Here's to them.

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