Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation, nominated by donor
John Towler. They are an all-volunteer 501c3 dedicated to the treatment and care of the island's ill and injured wildlife. You can find their web site here.
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About nominee Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation
Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization dedicated to the treatment and care of the island's ill and injured wildlife. Its goal is to restore animals to good health, then release them back into the wild.
We Need Your Help! Raptors need your help!
What do the birds in these photos have in common? A great many of their species will die in the next few days during the bad weather.
Nearly three quarters of all raptors die their first winter. They are inexperienced, out on their own and still building muscle. They need energy to hunt, make mistakes and hopefully learn. Now they need still more energy to stay warm.
The weather right now is unseasonably warm, monsoon rain with nearly storm force winds. That is a miserable combination for animals.
Owls need still nights with no rain to hunt. They can't fly when their feathers are soaking wet, and they can't hear well when the wind is howling. Hawks do a little better in the rain, but the wind plays havoc with their hunting. Many will parish between Christmas and New Years.
Bottom line: Please be on the lookout for any animals affected by the awful weather and in need of help. If you see a sad soaking wet owl or hawk, chances are good that they need help.
When you see them on the ground not flying away from you, they need help right away, not the day after....
If you leave them and think you will check on them the next day, many will crawl back into the bush and simply die.
Many caring wildlife lovers keep a collapsed cardboard box in the car along with gloves and a towel for those occasions.
If you see a raptor in need, please call your closest wildlife rehabilitator or the state wildlife resource commission.