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
Friday, July 1, 2016
As I was going about my chores just now I found a small caterpiller dashing across my cage room floor. I immediately took it outside and put it down but then wondered just what kind it was. It's beautiful, as you can see, with the red and blue coloration. I looked it up on Google and found out it's a Mourning Cloak caterpiller. They are found in North America and favor a variety of trees, none of which grows on my property let alone in my cage room.
One of the trees listed is the American Elm. I do have Siberian Elm here and luckily I put it down quite near them. I hope it makes it long enough to become a butterfly, they are quite stunning.
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.