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…
After a return to health at DVWR, this Red-tailed Hawk made a quick exit!
For safety reasons, the power company removed a Red-tailed Hawk Nest and quickly brought it Evelyn. Two hatched in good health!
This time of year babies of various species are brought to DVWR for care. Two Great Horned Owls recently arrived and received excellent prognosis. Once they achieve a certain level of growth and demonstrate hunting abilities they will be returned to the wild.
Hopefully just a quick rest at DVWRS for this raptor. An observant resident notified the Fallon office of Department of Wildlife the hawk was on the ground unable to fly. Not seen as frequently as other hawks, it is good news the Red-shouldered Hawk is expected a quick recovery.
After arriving quite famished from migration and unable to fly, the Egret regained good health under Evelyn’s specialized care and was then released to a beneficial habitat.
Beautiful Golden Eagle from the Eureka area is doing very well after a truck windshield strike.
An open neck wound on the grebe is healing nicely. Before flight, the hawk chatted with Evelyn.
One of the many first aid procedures recently at DVWR included Evelyn skillfully removing a fishhook caught in the throat of a cormorant. A release was then in order. Evelyn kept the beak secure at waters edge as they can quickly defensively jab with their beak. The cormorant was returned to its habitat and happily…
Spring brings new life to DVWR. Photo of rescued baby Great Horned Owl at just a few days old and then 10 days later looking well-fed and growing!
After a very specialized treatment plan, the eagle recovered and was transported for release. The eagle flew to a large cottonwood tree looked around for about twenty minutes then took off for parts unknown.
After months of constant care they successfully took their leave.
This baby hawk is receiving care at DVWR. Growing strong day by day.
Injured in a collision with a semi-truck this Golden Eagle appears to be making a good comeback. Great horned owl babies are growing fast and although not readily seen in the image a young hummingbird is the smallest guest at DVWR.
A Great Horned Owl baby is at DVWR along with some very young jackrabbits. All are doing well.
This baby Great Horned Owl is recovering at DVWR after being blown out of the nest during a storm and sustaining an eye injury. Prognosis very good!
The release of a Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk have kicked off the season. New arrivals included a Screech Owl & Golden Eagle and a rabbit all are receiving the best care.
A good Samaritan brought in a Red-tail Hawk found standing by the side of the road. Evelyn determined the injuries, which luckily were minor. The raptor then did a quick recovery at DVWR and released into the Nevada sky!
For six weeks DVWR continued to take in hundreds of shorebirds suffering from the botulism outbreak at Carson Lake in Churchill County. All hands were on deck for the monumental task of caring for the new arrivals. Additional space was needed so a new flight pen was constructed under Mike’s direction, Evelyn trained volunteers to…
Using a red headlamp to preserve her and bird’s night vision, Evelyn tube fed dehydrated and starving Ibis & Avocets late into the night. A small percentage survived the botulism outbreak at Carson Lake and Stillwater near Fallon that killed thousands of birds. The ones in Evelyn’s care are weak, yet some are beginning to…
American Kestrels are fledging now and sometimes they need some extra help like this young one. They eat spiders, moths, cicadas and grasshoppers to name just a small portion of their diet, which is a good reason not to spray pesticides. Mike and the kestrel exchange information at intake.
A cat raided a rabbit’s nest. Hopefully this 9 day old cottontail, with eyes still closed, will grow strong & then when old enough be returned to the wild.
During an overnight rainstorm a large cottonwood tree fell across a swiftly flowing ditch in Fallon. The next morning a passing bicyclist noticed a injured hawk on the downed tree and notified Department of Wildlife. The responding biologist while cautiously balancing across the tree over the still flowing ditch, retrieved a Swainson’s Hawk. At first…
A baby Great Horned Owl is receiving care at DVWR along with the bunnies.
This time they built and installed feeding stations for the flight pens. Their hard work included covering the platforms with astro turf and of course some artistic designs on the base! Much appreciation for the troops hard work and continued efforts at DVWR.
Great Horned Owl
Many thanks to Girl Scout Troop 317! The hard-working troop designed, raised money for materials, built & set-up a new flight pen. Troop Leaders Lesli Spears and Robin Fowler with Scouts Emma, Neva, Lauren, Page, Hailey, Soleil, Raechel, Lexi, Sophia and Katrina did a remarkable job and the first resident settled right in.
The orphaned young are receiving great care at DVWR. A Kestrel, 2 Copper’s Hawks and baby bunnies are newest arrivals. Please remember to make a donation to DVWR for raptor food!
The fawn was brought to DVWR by Nevada Department of Wildlife game warden. Separated from its mother during the fire and saved by firefighters, the fawn will be cared for at DVWR until old enough for release.
This Cooper’s Hawk nestling is growing in size and appetite!
Brought in malnourished and dehydrated, this young eagle is making quick gains with proper care at DVWR.
Great Horned Owl Red-tailed Hawk
Three early hatch Red-tailed Hawk nestlings were blown from nest and brought to DVWR.
The Season begins….Spring 2017 The owl baby season is upon us. Barn Owl young are found in haystacks when hay is sold off and used up. This little one is growing. Great Horned Owl young are getting blown out of their nests from high winds. These four Great Horned Owls are making…
The orphaned pronghorn fawn that came in early summer was released in good habitat. .
The Swainson’s hawk arrived at DVWRS as a malnourished youngster. Under Evelyn’s care for months, the raptor was then ready to be returned to Fallon. One of the DVWRS volunteers did the release.
Healthy and strong the Red-shouldered hawk took to the skies today.
Recovered from its injuries, this Sandhill crane was released in wetlands area from which it came.
Red-shouldered hawks are becoming more common in our area.
This Swenson’s Hawk has an injured leg but making a remarkable recovery.
After months and months of care and learning to hunt for themselves numerous owls were released back into the wild.
A young hawk was extremely dehydrated and malnourished when brought to DVWR today. There are many hawks and owls recuperating here and they have specific nutritional requirements for proper development & good health. Monetary donations are urgently needed to purchase mice from our certified vendor. Please consider sending your monetary donation and by doing so you will be providing lifesaving nourishment for…
Four young Barn Owls that had received care at DVWR were deemed healthy and old enough to be released at various locations around the Fallon area. Owls are nocturnal so their release took place at night.
This Sandhill Crane is receiving care at DVWR
So named it is said because one of the calls it makes sounds like a saw being sharpened on a wet stone. The Northern Saw-whet is looking good!
Deemed healthy and old enough the mother goose and her youngsters were released!
Look what springtime brought to DVWR, a fledgling Saw-whet Owl! Rare for Nevada, Saw-Whet owls are only 8″ tall when full grown.
In case you wanted to know, a group of rabbits are called a “fluffle.” Individual baby bunnies are called “kits.”There are lots of kits here.
The young Pronghorn Antelope is growing fast.
Aside from the more familiar sparrows, ducks, owls, & hawks, a Eared Grebe is currently in residence.
This orphaned 8-day-old baby sparrow is one of many birds that are receiving care especially during this time of year. At this stage the chicks are extremely fragile, must have an external heat source and are fed very frequently. They are kept in incubators with make shift nests sometimes created by just using the toe of a sock.
An orphaned Pronghorn Antelope was one of the recent arrivals at Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop . She is now a week old. According to Nevada Department of Wildlife website, pronghorns at this age could already outrun a human!! Evelyn keeps a close watch on her while feeding and all doors are double checked closed!!
This 10 day old Great Horned Owl baby has just opened his eyes and his first look is of himself. Young owls bond quickly with the caregiver. This is not helpful because they must learn to be a wild owl & hunt for themselves. To prevent bonding with humans, we sometimes place a mirror in front of them so they can…
The many young Great Horned Owls that are receiving care at Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop are growing fast. Great Horned Owls have a sturdy digestive system. They sometimes digest their prey whole and later regurgitate pellets that contain unwanted parts.
Evelyn placed a splint on the leg of this young jackrabbit to facilitate the healing process. Prognosis is excellent.
This goose & her goslings were rescued by Evelyn and Mike from atop a two story building. The roof had a wall surrounding it prohibiting the goose from leading her babies to the water, not to mention the long drop to the ground! No small task for the rescuers to climb a ladder, corral the…
Barn Owls as name suggests like to nest and roost in barns. Since there aren’t a lot of barns in Nevada, the owls search for hollow trees or haystacks. Often it’s not obvious there is a nest in the haystack & the young owls (up to 11) are often carried off on hay trucks, separated from…
A group of Great Horned Owls ranging in age from 3 to 7 weeks are receiving care.
2014 was a busy time at Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop including rehabilitation and release of hawks, owls, and a badger!
While enjoying the warmth of the heat lamp, this turkey vulture will spend the winter recovering at Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop.
A Red-tailed Hawk will be released in early 2014. Injured on Highway 395 in Douglas County, NV., the Red-tailed Hawk successfully recovered at Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop. For information on Red-tailed Hawks click on the Nevada Department of Wildlife link below. http://www.ndow.org/Species/Birds/Red-tailed_Hawk/
. After 6 months of rehabilitative care at the Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop, three deer were released back into the wild this week. One of the animals was originally noted as the Bison Fire Fawn. Wild land firefighters had rescued the animal from the charred mountain top ashes in July. After administering oxygen, they…