Blog Archive September 2007

Poisoning the Food Chain

Posted on 25 September 2007 by Dawn Keller

Again today we admitted a raptor suffering from rodenticide poisoning. Unfortunately she died before arriving at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation's Barrington facility. She had hemorrhaged to death after eating a mouse that had eaten rodenticide (mouse or rat poison).

She was a beautiful bird, in perfect weight and feather condition. Her only flaws were the blood that filled her mouth and dripped onto her beautiful feathers and her skin color -both a direct result of hemorrhaging.

I wish I could tell you that this occurrence is rare. The truth is that we've admitted four hawks with rodenticide poisoning IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS ALONE! Only one of the four survived. Two were dead on arrival and one arrived too late for medication to reverse the anti-coagulative effects of rodenticide.

You can make a difference and help prevent secondary poisoning. If you use rodenticides (sold under many names), please switch to snap traps or live traps. (We do not recommend sticky traps since birds get caught in these traps even when they are used inside structures like garages.)

By the way, over the next several weeks we will be adding a section to our website regarding changes that everyone can make to reduce wildlife mortality. Stay tuned for more helpful information.


Flint Creek Wildlife Segment Video posted on the 190North website

Posted on 13 September 2007 by Dawn Keller

If you missed the segment on last Sunday night it will rebroadcast this Saturday at 11:05pm on Chicago's ABC7. If you would like to view the video online it is available at the 190 North Extra Info Page. Thanks to the great folks at 190 North for such a wonderful job!!

BTW Lou, Volo thinks you did great!!

FCWR in the news - Daily Herald article

Posted on 9 September 2007 by Dawn Keller

Today's Daily Herald includes an article about Justice, the Great Horned Owl that is currently being treated at Flint Creek Wildlife's Barrington facility. Kane County Animal Control brought Justice to Flint Creek Wildlife in April after he fell into a window well at the Kane County Courthouse and broke his humerus (a bone in his wing). Dr. Peter Sakas of Niles Animal Hospital, who is an amazingly gifted veterinarian, performed the surgery on Justice which required the insertion of a pin to stabilize the bone. The fracture was such that Justice's wing lost some length. We are not yet sure whether Justice will adapt to his slightly shorter wing and learn to fly well enough to survive in the wild. We will evaluate him further after he spends time in a flight chamber. Rescued owl still taking baby steps - "Jury still out" on chances he'll survive in the wild.

Flint Creek Wildlife on 190 North Sunday, September 9th

Posted on 7 September 2007 by Dawn Keller

Check out this Sunday's 190 North for an exciting feature on Flint Creek Wildlife! The show will air Sunday, September 9th at 10:35 pm on ABC. If you miss the first broadcast, you'll get a second chance to see the show on Saturday, September 15th.

Check out the 190 North website for a show preview.

Lou Canellis, who is also the lead anchor of CLTV’s nightly sports program, spent time learning about our organizational mission and was truly enthusiastic! (He was also a terrific guy!)

This is a don't miss!

Flying into the danger zone - Volunteers rescue fallen birds

Posted on 7 September 2007 by Arthur de Wolf

Thanks to the Chicago Journal and Editor Hayley Graham for bringing focus to our rescue and recovery efforts in downtown Chicago as well as to the importance of safe building design! Today's Chicago Journal included a fabulous article "Flying into the danger zone - Volunteers rescue fallen birds" that talks about Flint Creek's volunteers that pick up stunned and injured birds that have collided with downtown Chicago's buildings and bring them to Flint Creek Wildlife's Northerly Island bird hospital for prompt, life-saving treatment.

We started triaging birds at our Northerly Island facility in April 2006 and improved survival rates by 9% in our first year of operation as compared with when birds were transported to the suburbs for treatment - simply by providing faster treatment for time-sensitive head trauma cases. This is a real victory for the birds and speaks volumes of the foresight of the Chicago Park District who donates space to us at Northerly as well as people like Bob O'Neill of the Grant Park Conservancy who was instrumental in seeing the Northerly Island "bird hospital" come to fruition.

And since Fall migration is here, please remember that if you find an injured bird, you should place it in a paper bag or a box with a folded paper towel in the bottom, secure the bag or box closed and place the bag or box in a quiet, dark location. Phone us at (847)602-0628 or bring injured birds to Northerly Island without an appointment between the hours of 8:30 am and 10:30 am seven days per week.

We also still need more rescue and recovery volunteers. Applications may be found on the volunteer page of our website at

Thanks for helping us save lives!