A baby jackrabbit will receive TLC while at DVWR. Cornered by a dog, the baby was retrieved and arrived as a 5 day old leveret, the name for a baby jackrabbit. Even though they are called jackrabbits, the baby is a hare, differing from rabbits with larger size, longer ears and longer hind legs.
Seen in the daytime more often than other owls, it was a brief stay for this Short-eared Owl.
It’s expensive to provide nutritional food particularly for raptors. Consider the “donate to our cause” link above to help Evelyn with feeding costs for the variety of birds at DVWR.
Wing wrapped to help heal.
A bit of history on the raptor — Peregrine Falcons were nearly wiped out from pesticide poisoning in eastern North America during the middle of the 20th century, the Peregrine made a come back through the captive breeding efforts of professional falconers.
Many baby Desert Cottontails are brought to DVWR in the spring for various reasons. Their round tails are dark on top and white underneath resembling a cotton ball and their large ears radiate body heat, cooling them during the hot summer months.
While at DVWR this baby owl will be fed a specialized diet to strengthen bones.
Evelyn assessed just a short stay at DVWR for this young hawk. Possibly stunned from a window strike, proper nutrition will boost the hawk’s strength and flying skills in preparation for release.
A sleepy baby Swainson’s Hawk arrived at DVWR. A very kindly bird lover and member of the Audubon Society found the hawk that had been blown from its nest in Elko and together they drove to Fallon! Along the way, a Fallon NDOW biologist was able to monitor care & feeding, thank goodness for cell phone…