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23 posts from July 2011

BAEA 111388 in raptor box 070111 KM copy It is very common for the PAWS Wildlife Center to receive birds that have collided with windows. In fact, "window strike" is second only to "cat attack" as a cause of injury for birds in our care. A vertical, perfectly reflective surface is something that is not generally found in the natural world and thus far evolution has not equipped most birds to differentiate between reflection and reality. If windows reflect images of the sky or nearby vegetation they are seen as the real thing by birds. When the birds attempt to fly to them the illusion is shattered, sometimes literally. The victims of window strikes are usually songbirds, woodpeckers and small birds of prey, but a patient we received on June 27 reminded us that even very large birds are not immune.

On June 27 a woman in Burien, WA heard a large thump on the picture window at the front of her house. When she went outside to investigate she found a stunned Bald Eagle sitting on her front porch. She called PAWS, and a staff member and volunteer drove to Burien to retrieve the eagle. After arriving back at the widlife center the eagle was examined by a rehabilitator. No broken bones were found during the examination, but the eagle was suffering from serious head trauma. She was dazed, weak and unable to stand up. She was given fluids and other supportive care to stabilize her condition.

In the days that followed, the eagle slowly began to improve. The veterinary staff performed additional diagnostic work to assess the bird's health. No abnormalities were found. As of this writing the eagle is back on her feet and she has been moved to a small outdoor enclosure to continue her recovery. If all goes well she will next move to a large aviary where she will be conditioned for her eventual release.

Mousebreath photo On May 22, 2011, an F5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, and the whirlwind of destruction ultimately resulted in 150 deaths, destroyed many more homes and livelihoods, and left hundreds of animals displaced and homeless. In response, animal welfare organizations across the country have been mobilizing to help find new homes for all the animals who could not be reunited with their families.

PAWS has teamed up with NOAH and the Joplin ASPCA to transfer more than 50 cats and kittens from Joplin, Missouri to Washington state in order to place these cats into new homes. Stay tuned for pictures, video, and news coverage of this moving story of people coming together to help animals across our nation.

Photo from mousebreath.com

The Yes! On Initiative 1130 campaign is down to the last week of signature gathering to get I-1130 on the November voting ballot. Your help is still needed!

I1130Hen Since July 4 weekend is filled with fun, parties and celebrating our freedom, why not help hens’ freedom too? Bring your I-1130 petitions to parties and get family and friends to sign your petitions to get I-1130 on the November ballot. Don’t forget to mail your petitions no later than July 6.

The Yes! On Initiative 1130 campaign, will provide basic standards on cage size for six million egg laying hens in Washington state—simply a little more room to humanely live. The good news is the campaign currently has 327,632 total petition signatures (241,153 valid signatures are required to qualify for the November ballot). Totals are looking great but the gathering goal is about 340,000 signatures to account for a possible 12-27% signature invalidation rate. So every signature still counts a great deal!

Thank you for supporting hens in Washington state!