Caring for birds

The everyday routine of volunteers of the “Everybody can help” center, including Leonid Pokrytyuk, an expert at the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, which is a partner of NABU (NABU Bundesverband NABU International), is full of worries. The day begins with the fact that the stork is released from the aviary in the morning. After walking around the territory, they come closer to the “kitchen” and remind everyone that it’s time to feed them.

Volunteers prepare medicine and food for the hawk. Due to fibrinous inflammation and severe dehydration, a probe has to be used. The matter is troublesome – neither experts nor birds like it. A rubber tube filled with liquid food (chicken yolks or beef blood) is inserted into the goiter to a depth of 10 cm. Weighing is mandatory before feeding.

Zoophobus and chicken hearts are used to feed the peregrine falcon. There is less trouble with a wounded rook – crow birds are omnivores. The guided mouse traps are prepared in advance in order to feed the little owl.  In the absence of rodents, chicken hearts and zoophobus larvae are used.

Containers with Djungarian hamsters and fancy rats are cleaned, then the containers are filled with water, vegetables, and grain. The room where the storks spend the night is being cleaned. Hygienic procedures are carried out with the hawk; food residues are washed off after probing. In between feedings, specialists talk about birds: their behavior, ecological requirements, and their role in nature.

 Informational Service of IERS

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