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Grieving With the Orcas

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By Shannon Perry

Anyone following the news of the dead baby Orca can’t help but feel deep sadness on seeing the images of the mother pushing her baby through the water, and diving to lift it up when it starts to sink. In addition, a four-year-old female is very ill, and scientists are offering her food and giving her antibiotics. A task force created by Washington governor Jay Inslee is looking at causes of their struggles. Some on the committee say this is the last chance to make a difference for this pod. Recommendations that were proposed 20 years ago haven’t been put in place.

Despite being listed as endangered, their numbers continue to decline. Main factors are loss of salmon, their main food source, exposure to toxins in food that store in the orca’s fat, and disturbance by ocean going traffic.

Wondering how to help? Here’s a Canadian group.

https://www.orcarescue.com

To follow this story, check out the following links.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/orca-task-force-to-tackle-dwindling-prey-water-toxins/281-581266600

https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/environment/as-another-orca-falters-daring-rescue-plan-is-hatched/281-580152666

https://defenders.org/magazine/spring-2016/looking-sound-solution

 

Be sure that baby animal really needs rescuing: Oregon OKs boosting water for fish

Be sure that baby animal really needs rescuing

After a relatively quiet spring, Rowena Wildlife Clinic is busy again with requests to help injured animals. But before you take an animal away from its home, please be sure it really needs rescuing.

This is the time of year when wild baby mammals and birds are often found by humans, seemingly abandoned and needing help. However, that’s sometimes not the case; mom could be nearby simply foraging, or in the case of birds, she may simply waiting for the fledgling to figure out how to fly off the ground.

To find out if and when you should remove an animal from the wild, see Injured Animals – What You Can Do on the RWC website. Scroll down the page to see when you should not pick up an animal.

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Oregon court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

Last month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea.

Get more information about this good news in The Oregonian.

Chinook salmon Courtesy USFWS

Chinook salmon
Courtesy USFWS

 

 

Scientists say antidepressants could change the ecosystem

Speaking of fish, the journal Environmental Science and Technology last summer published a disturbing report that antidepressant drugs, moving through the wastewater treatment process to lakes and rivers, have been found in multiple Great Lakes fish species’ brains.

For a synopsis of the study, see this article in the Detroit Free Press.

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My last blog post

This will be my last blog post for Rowena Wildlife Clinic. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. But homeless domestic animals are calling for my help (or so it seems to me!) and my time is getting stretched thin.

Thank you for your care and concern for wild animals! And don’t forget to donate to Rowena Wildlife Clinic! All donations are tax-deductible.

-Tracie Hornung