About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Do you think my injured hummingbird has a chance?

Last year at this time we had a hummingbird hit our window. It looked like it had a broken wing and we took it to the rehabilitator that you recommended. I was afraid to ask but, do you think it survived?

I asked Cheryl Connell-Marsh about your bird and I'm pleased to let you know that it did recover nicely. However by the time it recovered it was a little too late to release the hummingbird to into our harsh Michigan weather. So Cheryl made arrangements to have the bird chauffeured to Florida where it was released and observed frequently at a hummingbird feeder there all winter.

Cheryl's compassionate caring helps a lot of animals. I asked her how she became a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and she sent us her response:
"A licensed wildlife rehabilitator first begins their training under another experienced wildlife rehabilitator. After this initial training period we must then attend and successfully complete a Nationally Certified training program. Next the rehabilitator must submit an application to the DNR with a letter of recommendation from both a licensed veterinarian and another rehabilitator. After an inspection of the rehabilitators facility and cages, we are then licensed for certain animal species and are included on the DNR website for the public: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/."

Cheryl estimated the cost to rescue a bird is about $50, while squirrels, bunnies, fawns and other mammals are about $150 each. This doesn't include the cost to maintain the facility or the considerable time involved in raising the wildlife that must be kept from 1-4 months.
"After learning how much money and time is put into this many people ask me why I do this. I simply tell them I cannot turn any animal in need away. Sometimes my time with them is brief and all I can offer them is warmth, comfort, and a safe place with people who genuinely care about them. Most of the time I am able to raise them, heal them, and successfully release them back into the wild. Releasing a baby you have raised for months is always a combination of sadness and joy, but it is worth all of the money and all of the time I have spent."
Donations are appreciated greatly for the care and feeding of these animals and can be sent payable to Cheryl at the Nottingham Nature Nook, 16848 Towar Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823.

If you are interested in meeting with Nottingham Nature Nook organization to discuss the how and why of wildlife safety and rescue, or you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Cheryl Connell-Marsh, at 517-351-7304.

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