What do eagles and owls, warblers, herons, woodcocks and over 200 other species have in common? Like us, each has found its way to New York City.
Visitors, like the tiny jewel-colored warblers rest here during their up to 7,000-mile yearly migration. And residents, such as Bald eagles and red-tailed hawks, who are like us, tying their fortunes to urban life.
When Wild Birds Get Sick or Hurt - Where Do They Go?
But what happens to these amazing feathered beings, tourist or resident, if it gets hurt or sick ?
From disastrous airport encounters and gun shot wounds to glass tower collisions, playful pooches, poisoned rodents, or even drastic, urban life can exact a lethal toll on feathered wildlife. And sometimes, there is human abuse as well.
Migrants especially can have a hard go of it. Exhausted from thousands of flying miles, even an unexpected weather change can mean certain death.
In 2016 alone, the Wild Bird Fund treated 4,500 birds from their small storefront on the Upper West Side. As New York City’s sole refuge for hurt or sick wild birds, The Wild Bird Fund cares for, protects, and when possible releases them back into the wild to fly free again.
Healing sick and hurtwild birds costs about $1,800 per day for food, medicine, lab tests, veterinary care – and of course, there's the rent.
Our friend, wildlife photographer, Dennis Newsham documents the amazing wild bird life, residents, and migrants, in the 5 boroughs New York City. As president of TouristPicsNY, he also captures the moment his human clients from every corner of the globe discover New York City’s unexpected, extraordinary, wild world.
It is a privilege to join with TouristPicsNY in presenting the 2018 Wild New York Calendar, featuring wild bird photography of Dennis Newsham. The Wild Bird Fund will receive a portion of every sale.
Take a moment to enjoy Wild New York. Your purchase is at work all year to keep these amazing creatures safe.