Pied-Billed Grebe


This Pied-Billed grebe was found on the side of the road, and brought to the Sanctuary on February 1, 2018. She was suffering from oral hemorrhaging, which is indicative of internal injury, most likely due to a vehicle strike. After receiving critical care & fluid management, she rebounded greatly. Her daily diet included mealworms, fish fillets, shrimp, & meat.

Grebes are graceful in the water & are excellent divers, but their anatomy does not lend well to walking on land.

Overgrown talons & beaks can cause a lot of issues & can lead to the bird injuring themselves. When done regularly and efficiently with appropriate restraint, it causes minimal stress to the birds.

Double-Crested Cormorant Suffering From Red Tide.

November 13, 2018

This double-crested cormorant was admitted into the Sanctuary's hospital, suffering from the effects of Red Tide. Cormorants with red tide often are found in unusual places and appear "drunk", stumbling and falling over due to an inability to maintain their ballance. Red tide also affects the GI and can cause bleeding which leads to anemia.

This patient had severe neurological symptoms, rendering it unable to even swallow the fish that was placed in his cage.

Trimming the talons of two resident Owls

Two of the Sanctuary’s permanent residents, “Kitty” (Great Horned Owl) and “Doc” (Barred Owl), getting their talons trimmed by hospital staff members.

A critical component of proper raptor husbandry is trimming their talons & coping their beaks. Captive raptors are not exposed to the variety of substrates that wild raptors are, so it is important to provide different substrates to help the process, and trim them manually as well.