A lone trumpeter swan has been seen on a lake for the past few weeks. His flock has migrated, but he was unable to join them. A neighborhood watches on helplessly.
The emergency call comes in.
The pictures they share with us confirm what we feared: a painful compound fracture. This bird needs help now.
On the same day, a call is received about a cormorant on a pond who is having trouble walking.
He is five feet off shore, but no one can get close enough to rescue him.
Every animal rescue brings with it its own unique challenges. Sadly, even when we have a rescue team ready,we lack some of the resources required for safe, successful rescues.
There is a dire need for wildlife assistance in Durham. In order to ensure that no animal is needlessly left behind to suffer, we have compiled a list of items that Wild Earth Refuge requires to meet our goal of taking our wildlife rescue capabilities to the next level in 2016.
What is required:
- Trailer– One that attaches to the rear of the car. Must be heated. – able to wildlife of all sizes, and hold all necessary equipment.
- Kayak and paddles – A lot of our rescues are done on water, especially in the winter.
- cold water rescue fullbody wetsuit– For winter rescues where the ice is unpredictable. https://mustangsurvival.com//professional/ic9001-03?division=professional
- SAR vest– Professional rescuer life jacket. http://www.salusmarine.com/?products=sar-660-sar-770
- Catch Pole
We are thrilled to accept specific donations of items, or monetary donations towards securing these items. Wild Earth Refuge is now a registered charity, which means that we can issue tax receipts for donations.
The next few months are bringing much exciting change.
For starters, after an upsetting end to last year’s rescue season (read a bit about that here), we will finally be moving into a larger facility which will allow us to get back to doing what we do best: helping wildlife.
With your support, 2016 will be the best year that wildlife in Durham have had yet.
For the animals,