On July 5th Volunteers for Wildlife got a unique new patient. We received a call from
North Shore LIJ in New Hyde Park about a bird that had flown into their window and now seemed injured. After deciding that we needed a Rescue/Transport volunteer to handle this animal, we sent volunteer Alice Hacket to pick it up and bring back to our facility. Upon admission we recognized this raptor as Peregrine Falcon, an endangered species here in New York. Staff also noted that this was a juvenile female falcon, an extremely important individual for the population of falcons here in New York. Unfortunately the bird could not stand when it was admitted to us indicating that the collision had caused some serious head trauma.
Since the Peregrine Falcon was so young, staff were forced to hand feed the juvenile once a day. After several days of hand feeding, along with a regiment of medication, staff saw an improvement her nuerologic condition. Once the bird started to stand on her own and move
Finally on July 16th, in the early afternoon, we transferred the Peregrine Falcon to Barbara Saunders who took her to North Shore Towers. Over the next few hours Barbara reported that the falcon made several fly-overs of the towers, landing near the top of the buildings each time. We are so grateful that we could be a part of returning this beautiful animal back into the wild!