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Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care Seeking Volunteers

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care Offering Volunteer Orientation

submitted by Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care
March 8, 2016

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is looking for new volunteers.  Attend their annual free New Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, March 20, 1-3 PM at Imagination Lab, 621 West Line Street, Suite 204, in Bishop.  Learn about the many roles volunteers play in this non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization. They help with hundreds of injured and orphaned wild birds and mammals each year, doing rescues, animal care, transport, facility, education programs, and fundraising. Call the Center at 760-872-1487 to reserve a space.

Cover Photo provided by ESWC, a recently-released Red-tailed Hawk

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Wild Spirits Fundraiser

10th Annual Wild Spirits Fundraiser benefits Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care

Mark your calendar for Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care’s Tenth Annual Wild Spirits fundraising event on Sunday, October 25th from 6-8 PM at Mountain Light Gallery. Join ESWC—the people who rescue, rehab and release injured wildlife—in celebrating over a decade of giving wildlife a second chance. You can also be a Wild Spirits sponsor or donate an item for the silent auction. Call ESWC for information.

“Here in the Eastern Sierra, we live up close and personal with wild birds, mammals and reptiles. Hundreds of people each year contact us about wild animals that need our services. People care; they want to help,” said ESWC Director Cindy Kamler. “Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care has been giving that help for close to twenty years and are grateful to our generous and compassionate community for supporting our work. Wild Spirits is our way of saying ‘Thank you.’ ”

Win a door prize, snack on great food, sip your beverage of choice and check out silent auction items: photographs, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics; gift certificates for restaurants, beauty salons, and more. Buy for yourself or pick up gifts for the holidays. Meet our Wildlife Ambassadors Spirit the Red-tailed Hawk, Razzle the Raven, desert tortoises and other reptiles. Take a break and watch our slide show featuring ESWC’s wild patients.

Join the Wild Spirits celebration on Sunday, October 25th, 6-8 pm, Mountain Light Gallery, Main and Line, Bishop. There’s a $15 donation at the door (kids 12 and under free) and every dollar raised goes to the care of orphaned and injured wildlife and educating our community about our wild neighbors. Here’s your chance to have a great evening and give those injured Eagles and baby Hummingbirds a second chance. For more info, call 760-872-1487.

Male Golden Eagle who was reunited with his mate after recovery. photo provided by ESWC

Cover Photo, Juvenile American Badger learning burrowing and hunting.  Photo provided by ESWC

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Fall at Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care


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As days grow short, the last birds and mammals of the busy “baby season” are leaving the shelter of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care and facing the demands of freedom. A late Barn Swallow youngster took wing today into a mixed flock of Violet-Green and Cliff Swallows while ESWC foster mom Kelly Bahr prepares to release three Chickarees (Douglas Tree Squirrels) into the alpine forest. The furry trio will need to get busy immediately readying themselves for winter.

Three Barn Owls rescued from a truckload of hay bales hauled from Willows to the Owen Dry Lake are now out hunting the Hammil Valley fields. A hitchhiking young Yellow-bellied Marmot traveled from White Mountain to the Waterworks on Main Street where he evacuated the truck engine. He was treated for a laceration and driven back up to his home by ESWC volunteer Kevin Calder. Cliff Swallows, Orioles, two Kestrels, Mallard ducklings, Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels, Crows, Ravens, doves, and many other orphans “graduated” this summer. Like all parents, staff and volunteers share mixed feelings of joy and worry as we send “our babies” off. “It’s hard not to worry when we know all the dangers they face,” said Wildlife Tech Kelly Tallon.

For the past month, spaces left by departing youngsters have been filled by juvenile raptors (Red-tailed, Red-shouldered and Swainson’s Hawks) who encountered hazards such as barbed wire, fish hooks, cars, stray shotgun pellets, and near starvation. Young birds of prey must meet the challenge that faces all predators—finding, catching and killing their food—while honing hunting skills at a time of year when there are fewer prey animals available. A downward cycle can begin: the hawk misses a kill for a couple of days and becomes weakened, causing him to miss his next hunt, and the next. Too weak to fly, he arrives at ESWC malnourished and underweight. Sometimes we can help; at other times, his system is already shutting down and can’t be reversed.

At the same time that the year’s crop of young mammals, birds and reptiles battle for survival, migration pressures also begin to build. Why only some animals migrate, when they migrate, and where they go is not fully understood. Our young Swainson’s hawk will travel all the way to Argentina; the young Northern Oriole may end her journey in San Diego or across the border in Mexico.

Migrating birds face numerous hazards on their journeys to their winter quarters. Songbirds often stop at neighborhood bird feeders where they get picked off by the local Cooper’s Hawk or hit an unfamiliar skylight or sliding glass door. Winds can blow them off-course and aerial predators are on the lookout for these travelers. Tired water birds like grebes and loons often land on pavement that looks like water from up high. Volunteer Janice Pedersen recently gave a stranded Eared Grebe a lift to a nearby body of water.

“After 4 months or more of raising wild orphans, we are busy admitting juveniles and adults impacted by drought, smoke, high temperatures, and the demands of migration and dispersion,” explained ESWC Director Cindy Kamler. “Our funds need replenishing so we are also busy preparing for our tenth annual Wild Spirits fundraiser on October 25th. The people in our community help us rescue injured and orphaned wildlife, and their support helps us treat and care for them.”

A rare visitor, this Great Gray Owl was rescued in Mammoth and airlifted to UC Davis for special care.

cover photo, Great Gray Owl rescued in Mammoth.

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This hitchhiking teen-aged Yellow-bellied Marmot bailed out of his vehicle at Waterworks carwash in Bishop

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Living With Wildlife


submitted by ESWC

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care will hold a free workshop on “Good Relations with Our Wild Neighbors” on Wednesday, May 27, at The Imagination Lab, 621 W Line St (across from Dwayne’s), Suite 204 (upstairs). The 90-minute session will begin at 6:30 PM.

Our prolonged drought is forcing an increasing number of wild animals to move closer to human habitations as they search for food and water. Most residents of the Eastern Sierra share their home territory with wild birds, mammals and/or reptiles at some times and to differing degrees; human-wildlife conflicts—such as a striped skunk digging up your lawn for earthworms and grubs or rabbits foraging in your garden—are on the increase. Problems such as birds hitting windows or getting trapped in buildings have also become more frequent.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is experienced in handling hundreds of “living with wildlife” calls annually. The workshop will give ample time for questions and discussion. Consultants from ESWC will offer humane, non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts and resolve problems, examine the impact of new state laws concerning trapping and relocation, and provide counsel for your particular problem. Learn simple, inexpensive ways to reduce unwanted visitors from your garden or save birds from dying from window strikes.
Call Cindy or Kelly at ESWC, 760-872-1487 for information or to reserve a space for the workshop.

ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans
ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans

cover photo by ESWC

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Eagle Rescued, Released, and Reunited


submitted by Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, Cindy Kamler.
photos by Peggy Hankins

The Golden Eagle waits impatiently for the carrier door to open. To the west, a wind-swept sky forms a deep blue backdrop behind the mountains and the early spring sun floats warm and big overhead.
Two months earlier, Inyo residents Steve Toomey and Glenn Clark observed this same Eagle on old County Road standing on a roadside boulder. The large raptor did not fly off when their vehicle passed closely and noting this lack of response, they stopped. The Golden Eagle jumped from the granite to the desert floor and began to run. Something was wrong!
Glenn and Steve drove to the nearby Big Pine Animal Shelter and told their story to staffers Julie Richardson and Katie Bird who followed them to the site, located the bird, and set the two men on watch, and drove to Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care’s Center at Keough’s. Cindy Kamler and Kelly Bahr quickly assembled an eagle-size carrier, thick gloves and nets and headed south down the old road.
Glenn and Steve knew just where the Eagle was and Assistant Director Kelly Bahr soon reached the weakened Eagle and secured his powerful legs and talons. Kamler assisted her in getting a safe hold on the bird and he was soon in the carrier and off to ESWC where he was given a physical exam; fluids were administered to combat dehydration. He was badly underweight but no injuries were found. On a follow-up at Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Janice Pfeiff and her assistants X-rayed the ailing bird of prey. A healed—or nearly healed—fracture of the humerus was seen but needed no treatment.

Back at the ESWC hospital, the mature male Eagle was gradually introduced to solid foods and placed in the only cage large enough for him to spread his wings fully. He soon was flying the much-too-short space end to end and it was arranged to transfer him to WildCare in Marin County where he could work out in their 100-foot flight cage. ESWC volunteer Roberta Noel drove the bird to San Rafael and transferred him to their care. After his first flight, WildCare Assistant Director Cindy Dicke called ESWC to report that he had easily and eagerly flown over 80 feet in his first attempt—and would have gone farther if he hadn’t run into the end of the cage!
Ten days later, ESWC volunteer Peggy Hankins transported the fully recovered Golden Eagle back to ESWC and his original cage where he could recover from nearly 8 hours in a carrier and adjust to the elevation change.
Now, two months after his rescue, on a high-wind, gusty day, the carrier door is opened and he bursts out in a long, low flight toward a rocky outcrop where he lands smoothly and examines his surroundings. He is only a few hundred yards from where he was found and rescued. A handful of ESWC staff and volunteers watch as he works his way up and over the outcrop and disappears into the gully behind. Kelly Bahr runs down and sights the eagle working his way upward toward the end of the outcrop. Onlookers gasp as he emerges into the open, flying strongly, swooping and soaring in the wind. Smiles and cheers break out as we watch; then, further excitement: “There’s a second eagle!!” Yes, the male Eagle’s mate has shown up! The two magnificent birds are flying together across the face of the mountain. A raven tries to break up the fun (probably has a nest in the area) and the female chases it away.
Now begins a series of flights: one Eagle remains on the ground while the other flies upward in a aerobatic courtship display, dancing in the wind, then returns to the ground while the second Eagle rises and performs its own dance. The couple alternates several times as the onlookers watch through binoculars, camera lens or naked eye as the reunited mates renew their bonds and prepare for a long-delayed mating in the near future. In a finale that brings smiles to our faces, the happy couple stand together wing to wing, then exit stage right behind a large boulder.

For further information, call Cindy Kamler at 760-872-1487.

The male’s mate joins him
The male’s mate joins him
Golden Eagle soaring
Golden Eagle soaring
Golden Eagle prepares to lift off
Golden Eagle prepares to lift off
Golden Eagle surveys the area following release
Golden Eagle surveys the area following release
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Volunteer with ES Wildlife Care


What does an Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteer do? Find out at ESWC’s free annual New Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, March 22, from 1-3 PM at the Center. As a non-profit organization, Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care depends on volunteers to keep things going.
Some volunteers serve as members of their Board of Directors.
(Two Board Members recently developed an outreach program aimed at preventing fishing line/wildlife entanglement.)
They currently need to fill some Board vacancies.
A network of volunteers from Walker to Death Valley are called on when they need a Bald Eagle rescued from June Lake or an injured Golden Eagle transferred to the Raptor Center in Ojai. More volunteers for the Rescue, Return and Transport Team are always needed to help them cover more than 2,000 square miles.
ESWC brings Living with Wildlife programs to schools and community events—it takes volunteers to make that happen—and a whole lot more!
As part of working with animals (Animal and Foster Care, Rescue and Transport), Rescue and Return Team volunteers built a platform high in a pine and reunited a young Bald Eagle with his family last July. Last month, a Transport Team volunteer drove a White Pelican to Ridgecrest where it was picked up for transfer to water bird specialists in Orange County. Nearly 40 volunteers help with ESWC’s annual Wild Spirits fundraiser. Others help with building and repairs, others with website and social media.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the work of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, get a close up view of our facility, and meet Razzle the Raven, Red-tailed Hawks Bullitt and Spirit, our Wildlife Ambassadors.
Space is limited, so call ESWC at 760-872-1487 to reserve a place—or for further information.

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Skilled volunteer climber returns a young Great Horned Owl to his nest.


Hit by a car, a juvenile Aplodontia (Mountain Beaver) arrives at ESWC.

Any questions?? Call Cindy at 760-872-1487.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is a federal and state tax-exempt charitable, 501(c)3 organization [EIN 03-0409463]

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