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Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn nurses hundreds of injured birds back to health

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (CBS) — The Morning Insiders tagged together with volunteers on their hunt for damage birds a couple of weeks in the past and watched as they positioned injured animals into paper luggage to maintain them calm earlier than transport.

We questioned: what occurs to the bagged birds?

CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra exhibits us the rehab after rescue.

“It’s great to see them hop right out of the bag,” mentioned Dr. Sarah Reich, after releasing a warbler in her care back into the wild.

The veterinarian and her crew on the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn nurse all types of animal sufferers back to health. Especially throughout migration seasons in the Fall and Spring, the chicken nursery is busy.

“He tries to stand but he uses his wings for balance,” mentioned Dr. Reich pointing to a sand piper with spinal trauma.

Separately throughout our sit-down interview, she talked usually about chicken consumption proper now.

“The majority of them are going to be window collisions or building collisions,” she mentioned.

Many in her crew’s care in DuPage County slammed into skyscrapers downtown.

Volunteers from the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors strive to give them a second likelihood. A number of weeks in the past, CBS 2 adopted their vibrant shirts as they looked for deceased samples that’ll go to analysis. Live ones head to rehabilitation. Someone from the group delivers an injured batch to the Wildlife Center day-after-day.

“The number of migratory birds we take from them [Chicago Bird Collision Monitors] is at least a couple thousand [a year],” mentioned Dr. Reich.

A little bit over 50% of birds introduced in by the downtown volunteers are in a position to be launched after therapy.

“They get a large amount of ocular trauma, bleeding, corneal ulcers, things like that. We do see a large amount of fractures and wounds and things, so really a large assortment of problems but probably the most is head trauma,” mentioned Dr. Reich.

Graduating to a flight cage is the following step after treatment. It could possibly be days, weeks and even months on the mend which retains workers so busy that responding to rescues is not an possibility. That makes the partnership with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors so useful.

“They’re saving thousands of lives basically just from being able to bring those animals in,” mentioned Dr. Reich.

The drawback of birds hitting buildings isn’t going to go away however one factor that’s altering for the higher: Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

A brand new facility in Glen Ellyn is underneath building and set to open in 2024.

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The veterinarian and her crew on the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn nurse all types of animal sufferers back to health. Especially throughout migration seasons in the Fall and Spring, the chicken nursery is busy. A brand new facility in Glen Ellyn is underneath building and set to open in 2024. 

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Veterinarians say the larger space will permit them to deal with injured birds with extra detailed care primarily based on their particular species.

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The veterinarian and her crew on the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn nurse all types of animal sufferers back to health. Especially throughout migration seasons in the Fall and Spring, the chicken nursery is busy. A brand new facility in Glen Ellyn is underneath building and set to open in 2024.

Wight & Company


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