Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

European Starling Juvenile (cwrtr)

 This beautiful Starling came to us via the public. Rhonda, a wonderful and caring person brought  him to us! He was found in her yard, with no parents in-sight! She waited and watched for hours. So now he is with our Wildlife Rehabilitators and has the best chance to grow-up and live free as it should be. Thank you so much Rhonda, we apprecite your support.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Breathe Like an Eagle

Breathe Like an Eagle

In most mammals -- humans, too -- the process of breathing is fairly straightforward: air enters the lungs through the nose and/or the mouth, and the same air, minus much of its oxygen, is expelled a moment later via the same route. Thus it's only when we inhale that we have oxygen-rich air in our lungs. A bird, however, can have such air in its lungs at all times, which makes for much more efficient breathing.

Skeptical? Well, there's a simple explanation. In addition to its two small lungs, the bird possesses a system of tiny air sacs throughout its body; even some of its bones are hollow and can be filled with air. So when air enters the bird through the nostrils in its beak, the air fills both the lungs of the bird and these sacs. Then, as the air in the lungs is expelled, the oxygen-rich air stored in the sacs replenishes it. In other words, the sacs act as a temporary air reservoir.   

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Study Documents Dramatic New Impacts to Birds from Outdoor Cats

Study Documents Dramatic New Impacts to Birds from Outdoor Cats

Minnesota Gopher

Photo by MN D.N.R.

Did you know the Minnesota Gopher is the mascot for the University of Minnesota's "Golden Gophers!"

I have rehabilitated and released many of these little guys. They are smart and very fast!

The Minnesota gopher is actually a 13-lined ground squirrel and one of many squirrels found in Minnesota including the Franklin ground squirrel, Richardson ground squirrel, gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red (pine) squirrel, southern flying squirrel, and northern flying squirrel.