Saturday, September 8, 2012

Volunteers Bid Robins, Catbird Farewell

The baby bird season here at VINS -- in which we take in injured and orphaned baby birds and care for them -- is coming to a quick close. Most birds in Vermont have finished breeding and some have even hit the road south.
VINS baby bird feeders begin releasing a group of robins. Watch the video!
Last week, some of VINS' baby bird feeders -- a group of dedicated summer volunteers -- had the opportunity to release a group of American robins and one gray catbird who were raised at VINS by staff and the volunteers. The robins all came in as babies -- some attacked by cats while in the nest, some orphaned, some who sustained injuries after falling from their nest. 

All grown up and ready to go, these robins took to the skies in the flash of an eye, as you will see in our video. Though these birds had a rough start to life, they are all living in the wild now.
Our baby bird feeders release the last of the robins.
A HUGE thank you to all of our baby bird feeders for summer 2012. Your many hours of volunteerism -- feeding nestling and fledglings, cleaning up after them, and noticing when some were struggling -- have been so greatly appreciated. The Wildlife Services staff and all the happy birds living in the wild (thanks to your care) THANK YOU!

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