Sep 1 - Sep 7

Hawk Positive for West Nile Virus

The emaciated Red-tailed Hawk from Sumpter, OR who died six days after admission, has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV positive mosquitoes have been found in most of the counties in BMW's service area (in both Washington and Oregon). To avoid exposure to WNV minimize contact with mosquitoes. For more information about West Nile Virus visit the Washington Department of Health website.  

Gunshot Hawk

X-rays taken at Pendleton Veterinary Clinic confirmed that a Red-tailed Hawk found on a hill-side overlooking Pendleton Community Park was a gunshot victim. Although the hawk could still fly, he had no use of his left leg and was unable to stand. Humane euthanasia was the only option.

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Two Nighthawks

Two Nighthawks were admitted this past week. The first is recovering from metacarpal fractures in the left wing (equivqlent to the bones in the palm of your hand). He will be ready for a test flight later on this week. Nighthawks do not self-feed in captivity, but this bird is very cooperative, readily accepting giant meal worms from a pair of forceps.

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The second Nighthawk died from multiple puncture wounds, the result of being mauled by a cat. To learn more about keeping your cat indoors, visit the American Bird Conservancy website.

Mark Your Calendar

Blue Mountain Wildlife's Annual Open House is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for October 11, 1-4 p.m. The open house is fun for the entire family. There will be falconry demonstrations, tours, live music, refreshments and much more!

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