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Fundraising goal for spring/summer 2017
$6,000.00 Please consider donating to ensure it's success!
A Message from Jayne Neville - The President
The sanctuary was paradise this spring! We had Eastern Bluebirds nesting out back, Chimney Swifts in both structures, Barn Swallows in the pavilion, Baltimore Orioles and Gray Catbirds at the jelly feeders, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings eating sunflower, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds and as I type I am listening to a Scarlet Tanager sing! My gratitude has no limits to be able to host all these amazing birds! The spring brought in window strikes and birds hit by cars. Three were American Robins and one adult male Pileated Woodpecker that suffered a fatal injury. I am currently caring for a gorgeous adult male Eastern Bluebird with a very bad wing fracture and a hit by car robin with a shoulder injury who is recovered and conditioning for release. Say a prayer for the bluebird!
The winter months were thankfully quiet with the birds not relying on bird feeders and staying away from all the dangers associated with them. My stand out story this winter was a stunning adult male Red-Bellied Woodpecker who struck a window and was knocked unconscious and with a severe spinal injury. He was driven a very long way by his caring rescuer. He was awake but unable to stand when I received him. After fluid therapy and pain meds he began to eat on his own if I propped him up in front of a food dish. He would try to move about by leaning against the sides of his set up or the log I put in with him. Week three he could finally stand on his own and cling vertically and was moved outside to the flight cage for conditioning and was happily returned back home with warnings to watch out for plate glass!!!!
The big snow events kept us very busy filling feeders and making paths to food and water especially for one bird in particular; a gorgeous male Ring –Necked Pheasant, the sole survivor who avoided being shot during the hunting season and spent the winter not far from food and water at the sanctuary. He is still alive today spending most of his days nearby. We also had hundreds of American Goldfinches find the feeders and park for the remainder of the winter eating ENORMOUS amounts of sunflower. We also had uncommon visitors; a small group of Fox Sparrows that arrived during the blizzard and stayed until May. One male in particular delighted me daily with his singing! What a treat to have them!
Once again it is time to raise funds to operate for the busy summer months ahead. Your continued support of my efforts is what enables me to continue my mission for migratory songbirds and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!!
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As always thank you so much for your support!
Jayne Neville, President
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