Who We Care For

 

Who We Care For

We care for all animals, except those that are considered Rabies Vector Species (RVS) which include: raccoons, skunks and bats. These require special licensing and caging, as per the NYS DEC. At this time, none of the volunteers at AWARE have applied for this license, due to the volume of animals that we already care for.

As far as the "most" kinds of animals that we care for, that would be birds. While mammals are next, and reptiles/amphibians are less often encountered.

When it comes to species of birds; it varies from year to year. With song birds some years, we see more robins, while other years it may be purple grackles, or finches, or barn swallows, or cedar waxwings, or blue jays... this year was barn swallows (aka "barnies.")

We always have waterfowl i.e., mallard ducks, wood ducks and Canada geese. But we also have saved many ruddy ducks, grebes, old squaws, merganzers, cormorants, buffle head ducks, and the list goes on.

Raptors vary from year to year. We have had hawks, owls, accipiters and falcons of many species.

The populations of species of birds tends to change from year to year. After over 28 years of experience, this has been a constant change in numbers.

Mammals also vary, when it comes to squirrels and cottontail rabbits, which are the most prevalent species we care for. We also care for white tailed deer, chipmunks, fox, coyote, opossum, and woodchucks. OK, I confess, I still care for mice, moles and voles too!

Recent Rescue

We recently rescued a red-tailed hawk with a fractured wing. Upon initial examination of his wing, I found that he had closed compound fracture of the mid-shaft of the humerus bone that was already partially healed. I took him to a vet for a radiograph, to see if the wing could be surgically repaired. We both agreed that there was a good chance that wing could be repaired with surgery. Because of the damage to the muscles and bone and the amount of healing that had occurred, it was a more difficult surgery.

He went through the surgery well, and is currently with me doing well in rehab with supportive care and medications. We are hoping that he will be returned to the wild, but it may be a little longer rehab, because of the bone and soft tissue damage.

Thank you to the gentleman who called us to rescue him, and his generous donation.

Thank you to Dr. Wade, at Specialized Care for Exotic Animals for helping us out with him.

Red Tail with a fractured wingRed Tail recovering well
Red Tail X-Ray

Meet Some of Our Rescued Friends

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Ring Billed Gull

Ring Billed Gull

Squirrels

Squirrels

Juvenile Goldfinch

Juvenile Goldfinch

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

With a fractured wing.

Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Owls

Owls

Orphaned Eastern Screech Owls from a tree removal.

Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle

Distressed Eagle

Owl

Owl

Short Eared Owl. Rare species.

Turtle

Turtle

Snapping turtle

Deer

Deer

Orphaned fawn. Mother was killed by a car.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay Nestling

Purple Grackle

Purple Grackle

Purple Grackle Fledgling. Little odd looking, but that's the way they are.

Starling

Starling

Hatchling Starling

Owl

Owl

Great Horned Owl. (Hanna)

Ducklings

Ducklings

Adopted Orphan Ducklings

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Orphaned fledgling Blue Jay

Starling

Starling

Adult Starling

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Adult Blue Jay

Ring-Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Bluebird & Sparrow

Bluebird & Sparrow

This Sparrow and Bluebird were both rescued from abandoned nests.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Juvenile red-tailed hawk being examined. The hawk was found very thin and weak.