[CT Birds] Galinule rehab
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".
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,
> all estimations, perfectly healthy until the really frigid cold arrived.
> That bird was effectively trapped here by humans who fed it until it was
> 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
> site I will volunteer to help with such an effort to the extent that I
> 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
> 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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