Monday, August 29, 2011

Another Patient Update

Luckily things are gradually beginning to slow down around here, so I am able to introduce you to just a tiny handful of our current patients.

Photo above: This gorgeous Yellow-throated Vireo was admitted, unable to fly because of a collision with a window. Yellow-throated Vireos are the brightest of the Vireos, and it is exciting to see such a beautiful bird, but unfortunate it had to be under these circumstances.

Photo above: This young Broad-winged Hawk was hit by a car and is unable to fly. He is a little underweight, and his wings have been taped to allow them to heal properly.

Photo above: This Red-tailed Hawk was found in Stevens Point, WI unable to fly due to starvation. Upon examination it was discovered that he is less than half the weight he should be. He is being tube fed several times per day to help improve his weight, and hopefully he'll continue to fight.

Photo above: This young male American Kestrel was found unable to fly, was very thin, and acting abnormally. Since he has been here, he is stronger, eating with a bit of encouragement, and acting more the way a kestrel should act.

Photo above: This Bald Eagle was hit by a truck and has a broken left wing. A collision with a vehicle can do a number on the internal organs of any creature, and it appears that his injuries have taken a lot out of him. With more rest, we hope he can recover from his internal injuries.

Photo above: This Osprey is another victim of a vehicle collision. His wings have been taped to help them heal and he requires a lot of encouragement to get him to eat. He is standing which is a good sign, and we hope for continued improvement.

Photo above: This is not a current patient, but former patient I'd like to update you on. Remember the teeny baby Turkey Vulture from way back in June? Well here he is, all grown up, and back in the wild! We have a number of wild Turkey Vultures that live on and near the REGI property, so this youngster was released right here. We can tell him apart from the adults because he still has his juvenile black head and a few downy feathers around his neck. Now and then he'll excite us all by flying above with the adult vultures. It's great to see him enjoying life!

As always, we'll do our best to keep you updated.

Thanks everyone!

Karissa Mohr
Wildlife Educator

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Wings Over Wausau" was a hit!

Hello everyone!
Thank you to everyone who made Wings Over Wausau (WOW) a success this past Saturday! I have a few photos from the event that I think you will all really enjoy!

Photo above: First of all, I have to introduce you all to the wonderful, Megan Ackley, pictured here with Great Horned Owl, Fonzi. She was the main coordinator and brains behind the WOW event, and she did a wonderful job! She and her entire family came out for the event and donated their time. Thank you for everything, Megan and family, and we can't wait to do it with you all again next year.

Photo above: Upon arrival, our WOW guests were greeted by Chris, a volunteer, and Alberta Halfmann, one of our rehabilitators. They were able to get a close-up look at real bird nests and eggs, and learned what to look for if you find a baby bird.

Photo above: Douglas, the son of Molly, our Director of Education, lead children (and some adults) in a bird habitat matching game. Other games were being lead by volunteers April and Lelani, nieces of Alberta.

Photo above: The first stop with live birds was the Owl station. Here people were able to meet nearly every species of owl found in Wisconsin. We had an Eastern Screech owl, a Saw-whet Owl, a Long-eared Owl, a Great-horned Owl, a Barred Owl, and a Barn Owl who each took turns meeting everyone all day. Pictured above are Lenora, a volunteer holding Saw-whet Owl, Sally, and Molly, our Director of Education, holding Great-horned Owl, Fonzi.

Photo above: Stacie, one of our extraordinary volunteers, gives some visitors a close-up look at owl talons with help from Barn Owl, Rhomey.

Photo above: Kerry, another of our super volunteers, and Long-eared Owl, Oscar have fun greeting everyone on their way in.

Photo above: The second stop was the Turkey Vulture station where people learned how amazing vultures really are. Katie Farvour, our other rehabilitator, and Turkey Vulture, Fran, convinced people that bald is beautiful. ;)

Photo above: At the third station, people were able to meet Falcons face-to-face. Brigid, a volunteer, introduces people to American Kestrel, Mo, and Katherine, an intern, introduces people to Peregrine Falcon, Ishmael.

Photo above: The fourth station was all about hawks. Here, people were able to meet a Broad-winged Hawk, a Harris's Hawk, a Rough-legged Hawk, and a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk throughout the day. Katie, a volunteer and former intern, taught everyone about Broad-winged Hawks with help from Aries.

Photo above: Kyle, an intern, introduced people to Harris's Hawk, Gypsy, and taught them about her amazing adaptations for desert life.

Aside from the amazing live birds we brought for people to meet, we had yummy food for people to enjoy, wonderful vendors for people to visit, and a silent auction to participate in. Thank you to all who donated items for the silent auction, and to all who participated in the bidding!

Photo above: We had many wonderful donations for the silent auction, and this basket was among my favorites because of the adorable owl charms!

Photos above: Lots of people put in very generous bids throughout the event. Thank you!

Photo above: Even Red-tailed Hawk, Julie wanted to visit our vendors. She seemed to be very impressed with the beautiful jewelry at the Lia Sofia booth, as was Marge Gibson, REGI's Executive Director.

Photo above: One of our other fundraisers for the day were these beautiful WOW shirts designed by the wonderful Mr. Hass. Thank you, they're terrific!

The setting this year was very beautiful, and we very pleased to be in the Grand Theater's Great Hall! We had a great turn-out this year, and we are already looking forward to next year!

We must say thank you again to all of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who helped make the day possible, and to all of the visitors that came to support us and make donations. With your help, we were able to make WOW a success, and we are all looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you missed the event or would still like to purchase your very own beautiful WOW t-shirt, let us know! You can call us at (715) 623-2563 or email me at They are a donation of $10 and we will send them to you in the mail. If you attend one of our public tours being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am or 1pm until August 30th (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED), you can purchase one at our facility for only $8! We are out of size Large, but still have some in Youth Medium, and Adult Small, Medium, and Extra Large.

Thanks everyone!

Karissa Mohr
Wildlife Educator

Monday, August 8, 2011

An Invitation and an Update!

I am truly sorry that it has been so long since we have had time to blog, but REGI has been a whirlwind that past month. We currently have close to 300 patients in care! And 34 of those birds are Bald Eagles. Whew. It is exhausting to think about. With all of these patients comes a great need for food! If you like to fish we could use your assistance in feeding our patients!

We are also busy preparing for our 2nd annual Wings Over Wausau fundraiser at the Grand Theater this Saturday, August 13. Maybe some of you attended last year. We are expecting this one to be even better! But need your help to make it happen. We can use volunteers and, of course, we need attendees!
If you are having a hard time reading the poster above you can find out more detailed information on our events page at the REGI website.

Our interns have already begun to wrap up their summers and Katherine is the only one remaining. We could use some helping hands around here, so if you have any free time we would love to help you make use of it!
You can call Molly or Karissa at:
or email at:
Karissa.REGI@gmail.comPhoto above: (Left to right) volunteer Stacie Wild, intern Libby Pearson and intern Katherine Tesch release a Mallard that was admitted as an orphaned patient earlier this summer.

Can you believe that it is already time to release some of the orphans that we have spent the summer caring for? Now, it is certainly not time to release all of them. As a matter of fact we are still admitting orphans, and some of them just take a much longer time to mature enough to be released. Let me update you on just a few of the birds that you met in blogs earlier this summer and introduce you to a couple of our new patients.Do you recognize this young Ruffed Grouse (photo above) from our June 22, 2011 blog? He sure has come a long way in the last month and a half. Here he is pictured perching on a branch in a natural enclosure, snacking on some honeysuckle fruits, which he would be likely to find in the wild.
It may be surprising to see the size of this young Sandhill Crane colt (photos above). Just one month ago he was pictured taking a walk with intern Katherine Tesch. Now he has grown many times in size and has begun to get his grey adult plumage. This little crane is entering his adolescent stage already. He spends more time running and stretching his wings and, like many adolescents, he is beginning to assert his independence. When a colt is just a young thing it will follow any tall being with 2 legs, as they get older they explore more and want to go their own way.
Another bird from our June 22 blog is the Trumpeter Swan cygnet. He is well on his way to becoming one of the largest flying birds in North America. Trumpeter Swans can reach 27 lbs. in adulthood and have a wingspan up to 6.5 ft.! Juvenile Trumpeters have grey plumage, which will slowly turn to the beautiful white you may recognize them by.
One of our newest patients has a sad story to tell. This Common Loon chick (above) sustained a serious leg injury over the weekend when he had a collision with a jet ski. Please remember that the lakes that we all love to recreate on have wildlife who make their homes there. The beautiful and majestic loon is part of what makes the Northwoods such a special place to be. They are very sensitive to our actions. This is the second young loon that we have seen this summer who has been injured by jet skiers. Be aware of the wildlife around you and make your children aware of it as well. If you see a loon out on the lake give it a large buffer zone.
The last patients I would like to introduce you to today are these orphaned Red-bellied Woodpeckers (above). Red-bellied Woodpeckers get their names from the pinkish red plumage on their bellies, but what often stands out is the bright red coloration on their napes, in females, and foreheads and napes, in males. These juveniles have not acquired the bright red feathers yet, but it won't be long!

We hope you are all having a great summer!
Molly McKay
Director of Education