About the campaign
Releasing Birds back into the wild. A pre-release Enclosure for different bird species.
Almost daily, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary receives new animals to rehabilitate for various reasons. There is a process for each animal, depending on the reason for arrival or obvious injury.
One of the most important steps for many of the animals is placing them in a pre-release enclosure, the final step before release. We put them here to ensure they are fully healed, spend time away from the rehabilitation area and people, and are displaying their natural behaviors and processes. At the moment, we only have 5 pre-release enclosures that are currently housing the large cat species we have received. This means we don't have space to put animals when they are ready for release. This can increase their time with us, making it possible for habituation. We work very hard rehabilitating animals and want to be sure the effort we put in is thorough and done properly. Also, without a pre-release enclosure that fits the needs of the species, the rehabilitation process can be much more difficult. We are hoping to increase our number of pre-release enclosures one at a time, create them with particular species in mind, and place them in more remote areas within the jungle to help the animals be reintroduced back into the wild!
Our first priority is one specifically made for birds. Last year we received 146 birds (37% of our intakes) of 60 different species. The most common species we received were the chestnut mandibled toucan, fiery billed aracari, and the orange chinned parakeet. Alternatively, when we compare the intakes by family, the most we receive are under strigidae, or commonly known as owls. As shown by these statistics, we have a variety, as well as an abundance of birds that would make use of this enclosure.
While the rehabilitation areas we have currently are suitable for the healing process, this final step is vital for a full rehabilitation.
Having a proper area to exercise the muscles that may have been under restricted movements due to injury, is a vital part of proper rehabilitation. When they are not able to work their muscles, especially after a surgery, they could develop muscle atrophy. Space to practice free flight to work their wings and muscles again is the best physical therapy we can give them before release.
The materials and time it takes to build these enclosures properly is not cheap, but we hope to be able to get started with this campaign.
As a 501(3)c non-profit, we have been fortunate to have so much support from near and far and we wouldn’t be able to continue to improve without it. Thank you for your past and continued support in our efforts. We are all making a difference.