Celebrating the wildlife releases of the PAWS Wildlife Center
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by Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist
The July 14th issue of Wild Again gave an up close look at some of the many young songbird patients that we care for here at the PAWS Wildlife Center. The birds that were featured in all but one of the photos in that issue were still very dependent on their human caregivers for food. Over the course of the past few weeks, many of those young birds matured to the point of independence, and they were returned to their home in the wild. Witnessing a release is always an incredible experience, but there was something extra special about these recent songbird releases. The people who were opening the boxes to set the young birds free were Bird Nursery Caretaker volunteers. As such, they were largely responsible for making the releases possible. They had helped provide the thousands of hand feedings and hundreds of hours of care that were necessary to raise the young birds to the point at which they could fend for themselves. The final reward for the Bird Nursery Caretakers was to see blurry little feathered streaks exit a box and disappear into nearby cover. Today you get to join them for that moment…at least in photos. I hope these images convey to you at least a little of the joy that was present during those releases.
Jo Ann Syron watches as a young Dark-eyed Junco flies
free for the first time in his life.
Michele Stansbury bids farewell to a House Finch (upper
right corner) who eagerly departs.
Joanne Burtch removes the last barrier between a
Spotted Towhee (upper right corner) and his freedom.
Emilie Burnham frees a juvenile Bewick's Wren (above
box on left), which heads for nearby cover.
Sylvia Moss helps a young Barn Swallow escape from
the transport box while another bird from the same box
veers away from the Naturalist holding the camera.
In a burst of blue, Bev Tice-Deering releases 3 young
A Barn Swallow flies away, accepting the gift that has
been given to him, and giving his own in return. The
words on the side of his release box say it all.
This year's PAWSwalk will be Saturday, October 2nd, 2004 at Sand Point Magnuson Park in Seattle
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Wildlife Release tally: July 21st to August 3rd, 2004
Wildlife Release tally: 2004
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