Monthly Archives: April 2013
Peek-a-boo, We see two…
Sweet Nellie Left Us Today
The house is quiet today. It is the first day in a long time that I do not have a dog by my side in the office.
These were just a few of our precious moments…
God got a good dog today. We are grateful for the time we had together.
These were some posts that featured Nellie.
Turkey Vulture Shift Change
What a treat today! I caught video of the parent turkey vultures during their shift change. We don’t have sound from the nest, yet. We are working on getting the sound up.
Turkey Vultures Hatched!
Est. hatch date range: sometime April 15-17. Empty shell pieces indicates hatched chicks. the parent is hovering over chick(s). Sorry no images of the chicks, just the empty shells for now. But here is something for you –
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Wolf at the Door
Tim shared a map with me this morning while we were having our morning coffee. It is a map of OR7’s travels in Northern California. OR7 is the first known wild gray wolf to enter the state since 1924.
What is so special about this map? Take a closer look…
The red dot is our house. So I checked OR7s California Blog (yes, there is a blog). The timing of his visit to our neck of the woods was January 7 – 8. They don’t provide real time tracking, we all find out after the fact.
Odd that this lone wolf would venture into populated areas.
Perhaps he has traveled into more populated areas looking for a mate. Since he is the first wolf to enter the state, there are no wild females for him to service. The domesticated bitches probably smell just as good when they are in season.
Something to think about. It is not the “Golden-ORe” I would be looking for. 😉
OR7 has since returned to Oregon. Here is more on OR7
Bigger on the Inside
Peering down the vulture hole, I am amazed at the ability of the turkey vultures to climb in and out of this nesting location. It is fourteen feet from the opening to the base.
It is unclear whether this brooding vulture is on eggs or new chicks. It should be nearing time for the eggs to hatch, if my calculations are correct. On March 5th & 6th , I recorded the pair breeding at the entrance and the female retreating inside the nesting cavity. I am making an educated guess that this was around the time of laying their eggs. Most sources site 34-40 days incubation. Sources are vague on the day count, but in all fairness who counts days for vultures hatching? The UStream Missouri turkey vultures incubated for 34 days in 2012.
Both parents incubate the eggs and share in raising the chicks. I do not know when incubation began for this pair.
So for now, all I know is…
Tukey-vultures Are Residing Down Inside Shelter.
TARDIS…bigger in the inside. 😉
Volunteering for Bliss
Today I had the honor of manning the booth for Red Tail Publishing at the 13th Annual Run for the Wild and Open House for Shasta Wildlife Rescue.
Shasta Wildlife Rescue provides restorative care to wildlife in Northern California. Last year, this dedicated group of volunteers cared for over 1500 wild mammals and birds. It is their goal to rehabilitate the critter and return it to the wild where it can live out its life. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and a lot of funding. Today’s even is their annual fundraiser.
It starts early in the morning with a “Run for the Wild” and “Cash for Critters” followed by an “Open House and Baby Shower.”
A lot of people from the local community turn out for tours of the facility and to view the ambassador animals. Some of the animals rescued are not able to return to the wild, such as a bird that can no longer fly, or a fox that has been so imprinted on humans it cannot survive in the wild.
These are wild animals, they are not pets, and because of their life situation, they cannot live in the wild. These animals are cared for by trained people who are licensed by the State Department of Fish and Game to care for the animals for the remainder of the animal’s life. It is a commitment of heart, time and treasure.
So for all of you out there seeking a little bliss, consider supporting organizations like Shasta Wildlife Rescue in your area.
Even better… volunteer. Your world will be richer for it.
Here are some pictures from today. THANK YOU Norma Livingston, for being a good sport and shooting some candid pictures of the event.
Mary and Norma
Great day today at the Shasta Wildlife Rescue fundraising event.
Shasta Wildlife Rescue – Run for the Wild
On Saturday, April 6, I will be at Shasta Wildlife Rescue for their 13th annual SWRR Run for The Wild held together with the Open House and Baby Shower. At Anderson River Park, in Anderson, CA.
Be sure to see “Sunny” the turkey vulture, their very own Ugly Bird ambassador. Sunny was kind enough to show me how a turkey vulture moved and held itself.
So…if you are in the area, stop on by and say “Hi.”