Bob Fox, the Director at Wild At Heart, is holding a Burrowing Owl. This raptor arrived at Wild At Heart’s care this past week from Casa Grande. It is the 697th bird to be received this year, a 12% increase over last year (and last year was up over the previous year). Suffering from minor head trauma (likely struck by a car), this Burrowing Owl was found struggling and was taken to an animal shelter in Casa Grande, and subsequently made its way to WAH. It is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. It will spend a few months getting to know other burrowing owls in one of the outdoor aviaries at Wild At Heart and then join a release group in a tent over one of the MANY new artificial burrow habitats built this fall by Greg Clark and volunteers in either South Phoenix or Maricopa. This year several hundred volunteers from Wild At Heart, AZ Audubon, Estrella Mountain Community College, Sierra Club, The Boy Scouts in Gilbert, Freeport McMoran Employees in Safford, ASU Conservation and Nursing students and staff, NAU Faculty and Staff, Univ of Az Students, The City of Phoenix, Maricopa Agricultural Center, and many, many, other individual volunteers and groups have contributed to building new habitat and release tents to support our rehabilitation and relocation program for Burrowing Owls. Wild At Heart really, really, appreciates the help we have received for this program in 2015!
Please feel free to forward a link to this Post to your friends and family. With the increase in the number of birds coming in and all the exciting things happening and planned at WAH, please visit other parts of this website, www.wildatheartraptors.org, for further information to get on the e-mail list, become a volunteer and/or to make a donation. We can use ALL the friends we can muster. All the best for the holiday season.