[CT Birds] Galinule rehab

Jan Hollerbach smilifase at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 10:45:48 EDT 2015

I had the exact same feeling as Don.  Letting that little hummer freeze was
just devastating. And, yes, it won't be a big deal for species
conservation, but it may be a very big deal for that one unique bird.  Just
like people.  Making a point of being kind one day won't change anything in
terms of human populations, but it may make a big difference for one human
being who is feeling hurt and lonely.  I don't want to diminish the
importance of the one by lumping it together in the many.  After all, the
"many" is just "many ones".

Jan Hollerbach

On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> I will put myself in the column in favor of  attempting to  rehab the bird
> if it can be done without a ridiculous amount of effort.
> I must say I never thought too much about this sort of thing  until a few
> years ago when the Simsbury Calliope Hummer was allowed to freeze to  death
> in the name of letting Nature take its course, even though the bird was,
> by
> all estimations, perfectly healthy until the really frigid cold arrived.
> That  bird was effectively trapped here by humans who fed it until it was
> too
> far  away from an environment it could survive in . The whole episode has
> haunted me  ever since.
> I have zero knowledge of how to capture such a bird, let alone  with
> anything to do with rehabbing it,  but since I only live a few miles  from
> the
> site I will volunteer to help with such an effort to the extent that I
> can.
> That might include breaking a trail through the brush to the area where the
> bird usually is, but I don't know if whoever is in charge of that area in
> Mansfield would allow that. Perhaps a more practical approach would be to
> use
> a  rubber raft or kayak(s) to try and get near it, since I assume the pond
> must now  have a few inches of water. If the traps that have been mentioned
> are available,  that might really be the best way.
> If I can assist, please contact me
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
> mntncougar at aol.com
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