Bucky Goes Home!
“Beavers are the animal kingdom’s model of the work ethic incarnate.” –Bill Adler, Outwitting Critters
In our spring issue, we told the story of a young beaver who was found in a Salem backyard, the victim of a large canine attack. His back was covered in maggoty puncture wounds, and he was suffering from dehydration and infection. SWRA volunteers Jan and Larry Williamson rescued the animal and took him to Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Janette Ackermann, who spent countless hours cleaning the wounds and treating the beaver’s infections. It was a long, slow recovery, but it was a recovery!
In late spring, Jan began searching for a suitable habitat release site. She found “a very sympathetic gentleman,” Rex McMahon, who has 800 feet of property along a creek in Polk County. The creek is bordered by trees and brush through which beavers have made very identifiable trails.
Mr. McMahon has mown a meadow about 30 to 40 feet wide, followed by another row of trees containing mostly hardwoods, which separates his property from the farmland east of him. The creek flows at about a 45 degree angle away from the road, where it is pretty quiet. Mr. McMahon cut up a windfall and left most of it there for the beavers and said, “I don’t care if they eat the trees,” when Jan expressed concern about protecting a nice cherry tree on his property.
On a cool, rainy day, Jan and SWRA volunteer Don Fox took the beaver to his new habitat. Jan says, “When he decided to come out of the crate, he paused to note the pile of food I left him (yams, carrots, and apples), then slowly went down the bank trail into the water, swimming away out of sight behind a curve and brush. As we stood there, he reappeared on the other side of the creek, went right to another trail, and up into a big cave in the bank that appeared to have trees and brush over the top. He acted like he knew right where he was going!” SWRA would like to thank Dr. Ackermann, Jan and Larry Williamson, Don & Sherri Antieau-Fox, and Rex McMahon for their generous help rescuing, treating, and finding a good new home for this beaver! Long may he live among sympathetic human friends!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”–Norman MacEwan
We are very grateful for the summer donations and new memberships that have enabled us to purchase medical, in-care, and nutritional supplies.
We thank: Karen Albers, Elaine Anderson, Nancy Battaile, Rich Beyer, Diana Bowen, Hilary & Susan Browning, David Burkhart, Claudia Burton, Jim Conley, Bill Cosby, Edward Crawford, Lisa Eckstein, Diane Elder, Jean Elvin, June Emerson, Darin Ferder, Kathryn & Willard Fox, Yvonne & Russell Graham, Carolyn Hahn, Bert & Jean Hegler, Eldon Isaacson, Robert and Sharon Mahoney, Sandee Martell, Timothy & Jaynette McKnight, Alex & Valoy Moneyhun, Johanna Plansoen, Kristina Primbs-Wetter, Al Prisco, Mary Rhode, Ted Richings, Joya Anne Rickaby, Jerome & Carol Schmidt, Daryll Smith, Annette Vasseur, Dan & Deborah West, Robert & Phyllis Willner, and Lola & Albert Worth.
We also greatly appreciate Casey Brisbin of IMEX America, who supplied us with valuable plywood for building cages and aviaries.
The generous staff at LifeSource Natural Foods has given us hundreds of dollars’ worth of fresh fruit for our hungry birds and mammals.
Melanie Smith would like to thank the following volunteers who helped her put the new roof on her outdoor raccoon pen: Don and Sherri Antieau-Fox, Anne and Brian Pope, Mike Brewer, and Jon Pope. Melanie says, “I send Larry and Jan Williamson special kudos for helping me with a very special-needs raccoon who is going strong against all odds and serves as an inspiration to those of us who occasionally feel like walking away from wildlife rehab because of its overwhelming nature at times.”
Newsletter Editor Maggie Meikle thanks Jim and Heather at Ink Spot Printing. They donate all the scanning work for our photographs and give Maggie good advice about desktop publishing, not to mention a very reasonable price for publishing Wild Times. Thanks, Jim and Heather, for your generosity!!
Honoring Our Helpline Volunteers…
A worried person called today, they didn’t know what to do or say. A bird has fallen into their yard, just watching it stay there is very hard. Should they leave it and walk away, or should they help this bird today? They called a number that they had, and the answer they heard made them very glad! It’s just a teen bird who is leaving its nest, leave it alone and the parents will do the rest. The person felt better that they knew what to do, And it made their day brighter to know others cared, too! Thank you for all the phone calls you take, for both the people and the animals’ sake. You’re wonderful and caring and this gift that you give, makes life all the sweeter for the creatures that live!