Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A bald eagle found shot in Johnston and treated in Saunderstown is being sent to New Jersey for treatment.
A baby bald eagle that was shot earlier this month in Rhode Island will be transported to a wild bird rehabilitation center in New Jersey today, according to the Providence Journal. The female bird was originally found in the Central Landfill in Johnston on Feb. 12 and brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island in Saunderstown for treatment, where it has been treated for the past two weeks. During tests, veterinarians at WRARI discovered the bird had been hit with buckshot in parts of its body – including its brain. According to Dr. Chi Chan of WRARI, the bird (named "Eleanor" by WRARI staff) sustained brain damage but is still able to walk and stand. She can't, however, feed herself on her own and has to be tube …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A bald eagle found at the Johnston Central Landfill is being cared for in Wickford.
According to vets in Wickford, they are currently taking care of a bald eagle found at the Johnston Central Landfill, after it was shot sometime before the blizzard. WPRI 12 first reported the story on Thursday night. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is investigating the incident – A federal act protects bald eagles, and harming one carries a penalty of up to $250,000 and two years in prison. According to The Providence Journal, vets at Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island believe the animal is suffering from lead poisoning because of a bullet wound. For the WRARI’s Facebook and updates on the eagle, click here.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Two pelicans blown to Rhode Island by Hurricane Sandy were flown to Florida this weekend.
A pair of pelicans blown north by Hurricane Sandy are now safely back within their rightful climate zone today thanks to the efforts of volunteers from Rhode Island to Florida. The two juvenile birds were caught a day apart in Rhode Island on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 following Hurricane Sandy. The first bird was found in Galilee while the second landed on a fishing vessel (which coincidentally donates food to Sea World) 120 miles south of Block Island. For the past week or so, they have been treated and care for at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of RI (WRARI) on Shermantown Road in North Kingstown. "They were in fairly good condition physically," said Kristin Fletcher, executive director of WRARI. "They lost feathers and were really …