Wildlife rehab sees influx of raptors as summer temperatures rise

This summer’s hot temperatures are taking their toll not only on Oklahoma residents, but on local Wildlife as well. At WildCare Oklahoma, a Wildlife rehabilitation center in Noble, the heat has brought in juvenile Mississippi kites.

Mississippi kites are raptors that nest in the southern United States before flying to South America for the winter. But when it gets too hot, the baby kites jump into their high nests to escape the heat.

Oklahoma experienced record temperatures this summer. But the locals managed to cope with the hot summers, when temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees. As a result, Wildlife and kites appear again in the rehabilitation facility.

Director Inger Giuffrida suggests that the best thing to do when you see a baby kite is to call WildCare. Mississippi kite nests are in the tops of trees, so this happens for two reasons.

one They went down in pretty good ways,” Giuffrida said. ” “A second important point is that you really need to be gentle enough to put the kites fledglings back into their nests.” But it was very difficult. Giuffrida has given people who spot the underage kites some pointers to follow. They are listed below.

Call WildCare at 405-872-9338 and let them know. Then look for the baby bird’s parents. They are often crying or hovering over their heads, or they may even be human dive bombs that come close to their babies to protect them. If you see a nest of baby birds, take a picture of it.

Place the kite gently with a towel in a box with a secure lid. Then bring it to WildCare as quickly as possible and provide the bird’s parents and relevant staff about the nest.

Giuffrida said the height of the nest makes it difficult to rest, but there are ways to solve it. Temporary nests can be built in the lower branches; Parents often continue to care for their young in the new nest.

However, it is not possible in all cases to reunite kites with their families. These juveniles are in the facility to grow up with other kites.

In recent years, unusually severe weather events have affected Mississippi kites. A severe winter storm in February delayed the arrival of spring bugs, Giuffrida said. Ultimately, Parent kites delay giving birth until it is too late.

What is surprising this year is that the kites start to hatch at the beginning of September. But it’s very sad that they don’t have enough time to grow. Their parents are ready to fly back to South America,” Giuffrida said. “And last year we lost a lot of Mississippi kites to bad weather.”

Kites require 24-hour care with feeding every two hours during the day. Giuffrida said the center needs more volunteers to meet the kites’ feeding schedule.

The center received 109 Mississippi kites this year. Giuffrida said 52 of them were nestlings or nearly fledglings. There may be more on the way and by 2020 they have 60% of kites entered after August 2nd. That year, WildCare adopted 242 kites.

The consequences of climate change continue to indicate extreme weather events. Giuffrida said the irreparable damage could be faced by delicate ecosystems and the Wildlife populations that inhabit them.

“It’s just the weather interaction. It has a direct and immediate effect on things like Wildlife and insects. And people say, ‘Okay. who cares They’re just bugs,’ said Giuffrida.

“Okay, Insects pollinate our food. And they provide a key resource for thousands of animal species. So the consequences of that have a direct impact on us. And I didn’t experience it last year, but I’m sure it’s probably many years [of extreme weather].”

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