Pileated Woodpeckers Rescued

By: qwerty53

May 06 2009

Category: Animal Rescue at AWRC, Bird watching, Pileated Woodpecker, Uncategorized

1 Comment

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Camera:NIKON D70

A recent visit to the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center fortuitously allowed this unusual capture of a young Pileated Woodpecker who had been taken in after one of our recent spring storms. Efforts were not successful to reunite the three babies with their parents after their nest was blown from its tree.

The AWRC then began surrogate parenting in their facility at Oak Mountain State Park. There, every thirty minutes around the clock, the babies are fed a tasty puree through a syringe—mimicking their natural feeding schedule. This is maintained until they are strong enough to be moved to the outdoor recovery cages.

Sandra Allinson, director of rehabilitation and education, says resources and staffing are strained at this time—AWRC having recently taken in 170 mammals and fowl. A 24-hour wildlife emergency hotline – the only one in this state – is maintained at 205.621.3333.

To make possible the demanding regime of care and feeding until the rescued can be returned to their natural habitat, volunteers are needed! Monthly training classes are offered at AWRC. Call 205.663.7930 to sign up to volunteer or become a member. Consider a contribution to help underwrite this worthy non-profit rescue service.


Photo © Laura Brookhart 2009

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One comment on “Pileated Woodpeckers Rescued”

  1. There are no words to describe how CUTE these photos are!


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