Ironside Bird Rescue, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation for the rehabilitation of wild injured and orphaned birds.
49 Road 2DAW, Cody, WY 82414 307.527.7027 Photo by S. Huston
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The sound of little webbed feet
Some larger than others. I now have three baby Canada Geese here. Eggs were purchased and when they hatched the person found out that he can't keep them as pets and was told to bring them to me. Because they were not under mom when they came out they have no natural oil on their down to make them waterproof. If I put them out in the lake they would become waterlogged and drown. Sooooo, in about six weeks they'll be released in a protected area.
The other babies are Mallards, all six of them. They were found wandering around an apartment complex with no mother in sight. Because it's necessary for these young birds to be brooded, they can't just be taken to water and tossed in. They do have the oil on their down but without an adult to protect them from the cold they would die.
Born in Downers Grove, IL, I moved to Cody in 1981 after living in Boulder, CO for many years. As I enjoyed the outdoors and spent many weeks up in Wyoming going on horsepacking trips with friends, I decided to move here. I started Ironside Bird Rescue in 1987 after finding an orphaned Starling baby that had fallen out of its nest near my house. One thing led to another and after all these years the facility now has many different sized mews and flight barns for the exercise of raptors so they will be strong enough for release. I live in a 130+ year old log cabin with a corgi mix dog, her mother, a purebread corgi, a couple cats and many birds in a free flight aviary attached to the house. I'm now retired from a "real job". Along with rehabbing birds, I spend a lot of hours volunteering at our local Buffalo Bill Historical Center in the graphics department.