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"I never get tired of the blue sky." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Vincent Van Gogh⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately, we treat many animals stuck in glue traps every year, but we usually don’t see four at once. Last week, we admitted four garter snakes that were all stuck in two glue traps. Removal is an extremely stressful process, so the snakes were sedated. We use a mixture of oil and dust to free most glue-trap patients to minimize damage to underlying tissue and scales (or feathers or fur, as birds and mammals also get stuck in these traps). ⠀ ⠀ There are humane ways to trap or keep wildlife from in and around the home; glue traps are never recommended. Live traps are available in a variety of sizes to safely catch unwanted creatures, but be sure to check into Illinois wildlife laws about trapping and relocation. Better yet, preventing access in the first place will eliminate the need for trapping. A thorough investigation around doors, windows, and other areas may reveal tiny entrance points snakes or mice can get in. Filling or repairing openings and using covers over vents, chimneys and window wells keep wildlife out.⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately, the smallest snake was too weak to survive the ordeal, but the three larger snakes recovered and were released back into a forest preserve.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #gartersnake
“By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” ⠀⠀ ⠀ ~ Maxime Lagacé⠀⠀ ⠀ #happymonday
“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”⠀⠀ ⠀ ~ John Muir⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #happyfriday
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ About a month ago, an adult great blue heron was brought in with significant trauma to the right wing. On X-rays, our veterinary team could tell that he had fractured both the major and minor metacarpals. What’s worse, the fractures were open. With fractures this close to the carpus (or wrist joint), surgical repair can be challenging, and poor healing can lead to permanent decreased range of motion. Open fractures sometimes don’t heal despite aggressive antibiotic therapy. So we fashioned a splint out of “Sam splint,” the same material used to splint human fingers. After numerous bandage changes (every 2-3 days) and physical therapy, we039;re happy that not only did his wound and fractures heal, but he has maintained the range of motion at his carpus! He has been outside for most of his stay here (not only is he large and challenging to confine to a cage, but heron species are extremely prone to stress, so it’s ideal to house them in quiet areas), but he was recently moved into our largest avian flight cage to continue his flight conditioning prior to release! ⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #greatblueheron
What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?⠀ ⠀ ~ E. M. Forster⠀ ⠀ #happymonday
In this week039;s Scenic Sunday, enjoy the swaying grasses at Spring Creek Reservoir, and hear the occasional frog song, too!💨🌾🐸
“The greener the setting, the more the relief.”⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ ~ Richard Louv⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #happyfriday
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ These tiny patients are black-capped chickadees! While these cute little birds are abundant in sight and song all year in DuPage County, they tend to nest in more secretive places, and we don’t see that many babies come in for treatment. As cavity nesters, they also aren’t as prone to blowing or falling out of nests. We aren’t sure what the story is for this clutch of seven as they were found in a parking lot, but with nowhere to go back to, they needed to stay for care. They are keeping the staff caring for them on their toes with feedings every fifteen minutes, or when they start begging, whichever comes first.⠀ ⠀ Chickadees are bold birds for their size. They are some of the first in the forest to alert to the presence of a predator and communicate that loudly. The familiar chick-a-dee-dee-dee calls increase in frequency, even adding more “dees” to the call the bigger the threat is. We witnessed this once during the release of a Northern saw-whet owl. The chickadees immediately approached, calling angrily and got the whole neighborhood of birds in on the harassment until the little owl decided to move to a quieter spot. ⠀ ⠀ For birders out there looking for warblers, listen for chickadees. They are usually checking in with each other using contact calls, and warblers often blend in with chickadee groups relying on them to stay together and learn from these residents where the best local feeding sites are.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #blackcappedchickadee
It’s the time of year when you may run across a fawn (baby deer) alone and believe it is orphaned. If the fawn is lying down calmly and quietly, it’s probably OK and its mother is nearby. A doe only visits and nurses a fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators to the spot, so the fawn is probably fine and should be left alone.
"If you stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Rainer Maria Rilkel⠀ ⠀ #happymonday
No doubt it’s silver maple “samara” season! Have you been buzzed by “helicopters” this week? Or do you call them “keys,” “whirlers,” “twisters,” “spinning jennys” or “whirligigs”? Regardless, these winged tree fruits — called “samaras” by botanists — are spinning and swirling their way to the ground en masse in the DuPage forest preserves. ⠀ ⠀ Elm, ash, maple and sycamore trees all produce samaras. Some species of maple trees, such as the sugar maple, black maple and box elder, produce these seeds in the fall. The silver maple, however, produces them in the spring before the leaves begin to unfold.
"The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday
***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ Last week we received a very uncommon patient: a snowy owl! ⠀ ⠀ In the past 21 years, we039;ve taken in only 15 snowy owls compared to 722 great horned owls, which are much more common and of similar size. In irruption years snowy owls have been found in unexpected spots like Texas, Florida, and even Hawaii, but we were pretty stunned to see him show up here in May. Based on plumage and size, he appears to be a first-year male.⠀ ⠀ This very unlucky bird was found in the grill of a semi-truck traveling from Houston, TX, but nobody knows where or when the bird was hit. The truck driver stopped at Partners in Performance Automotive Service and Repair in Naperville, where a mechanic spotted the large bird and was surprised to see his head swivel toward him. Cornell’s eBird listings show no recent sightings, but this bird could have been making his way undetected across the heartland. They called the City of Naperville039;s Animal Control, which managed to extract the owl from the truck039;s grill and observe its severe injuries.⠀ ⠀ On intake, our veterinary team noted the owl’s left wing was mangled. He also suffered an open, shattered humeral fracture close to the shoulder, a radius and ulna fracture, and a large wound in the axilla (armpit) with multiple lacerations of large muscles. After initial stabilization, we crossed our fingers hoping he would survive his first night and be stable enough for surgery the next day. Thankfully, while still very quiet, he was alive and perching the next morning and deemed stable enough to undergo a nearly 3-hour surgical procedure. All three fractures were stabilized with orthopedic pins that will remain in place for the next 3-4 weeks. A large amount of exposed bone and muscle had to be removed, so it039;s unknown whether he will heal adequately. However, we remain hopeful that this bird will continue to overcome numerous hurdles in the healing process.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #snowyowl
When lifelong nature enthusiast Cindy Crosby first moved to DuPage County, she was skeptical of the quality and abundance of the natural areas she039;d encounter. To her delight, she found a wealth of natural resources in the forest preserves and beyond. ⠀ ⠀ "In the DuPage forest preserves, there are opportunities to take a deep breath, recalibrate, re-energize, and find equilibrium again."⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/33WaAzp
"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather."⠀ ⠀ ~ Terri Guillemets⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday
Good morning! What a beautiful start to the day! Enjoy this sunrise at Churchill Woods submitted by visitor Marta Gemelli. Thank you, Marta! 🌅
*** Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week ***⠀ ⠀ With baby season going strong and spring migration well underway, we039;ve had a sharp uptick in patients. This has been the busiest start to May ever! In just the first 3 days of this week, we took in more than 300 patients! Thankfully, as those patients came in, others were released.⠀ ⠀ One of those is this beautiful adult sandhill crane! This feisty patient presented last week with some superficial wounds, potentially from a vehicular strike. Thankfully, no fractures or significant soft tissue injuries were found. Wild cranes are usually very stressed in captivity, so we aim to release them as quickly as possible. After a successful flight test, District ecologist Dan Thompson was kind enough to release this patient back into a preserve with suitable habitat for crane activity. ⠀ ⠀ We see cranes flying over DuPage County in great numbers during their spring migration. Some stick around Illinois for breeding, but most continue further north. This crane will surely seek out other cranes and hopefully find some nearby!⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #sandhillcrane
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”⠀ .⠀ ~ Vincent Van Gogh⠀ .⠀ #happymonday