dramatic osprey re-nesting a huge success Crew members from Davey Expert Tree return two osprey chicks to their nest. 81 animals admitted Two young ospreys and a Florida softshell turtle were among the 81 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida this past week. Other admissions include three eastern screech owls, three northern cardinals and an evening bat. Davey Tree a huge helps with yet another re-nesting! The ospreys were rescued after their nest had fallen 50-feet from a Norfolk Pine. Although the babies had taken quite a plunge, they were uninjured so we planned to re-nest them. Davey Tree Expert Company District Manager Dan Powell was contacted and was eager to assist. Dan met us at the site and brought Derek Harris, Rich Wiland, Aaron Jaques, Dylan Jaques, and Marcos Camacho to help. Donate to von Arx Wildlife Hospital While the Davey Tree crew devised a plan, Conservancy staff worked with Lori Burgess (the osprey rescuer) to call the adult birds in using an osprey recording; two days had passed since the babies fell so we were concerned the adults might have moved on. Davey Tree decided there was no way to safely return the ospreys to their original tree due to the numerous power lines that ran parallel and adjacent to the Norfolk Pine. We decided our best option was to relocate the chicks to a Slash Pine a block away. While the Davey Tree crew worked to secure a nest platform in the Slash Pine, we kept a look out for the adult ospreys. Finally we heard adult ospreys calling from the original nest tree. We quickly rushed back and placed the osprey chicks on the lawn so the adults could see their babies. Conservancy staff slowly walked each chick from the yard of the original nest tree to the new nest tree always keeping the baby in sight of the adult ospreys so they could watch what was happening. Derek settled the chicks in the nest and everyone cleared out. Since Lori lived nearby, she agreed to watch to see if the parents visited the babies. By nightfall, the parents hadn’t come to the nest. We assumed too much time and disturbance kept the parents from returning. The next morning we met to remove the babies from the nest. Within minutes of our arrival an adult osprey began circling the nest. We watched for an hour while the adults flew over and the babies responded by calling out every time they saw their parents. We were encouraged by the new developments. After several hours, the male osprey perched in the tree below the nest and stayed for a few minutes. Since the adults appeared inquisitive, we wanted to give them more time to adjust to the new nest. We retrieved the babies and fed them. Just as we finished feeding the babies, the male osprey flew over with a fish. Derek, from Davey Tree, quickly settled the babies back in the nest and we cleared out. Within 10 minutes, the male flew to the nest, stayed for a minute and left the fish for the young ones. By 5:30 that night, both the male and female osprey were perched on a branch below the nest. We still weren’t sure the babies were receiving the care they needed so Lori continued to watch the birds all day Sunday. Both adults visited the nest with fish multiple times throughout the day. The crew from Davey Tree came out Monday morning for one more check. Derek used the bucket truck and inspected the nest. The babies were alert and active and only one fish tail and one fish remained of the six fish the adults had brought to their babies over the previous two days. We finally felt safe and called the re-nesting a success. None of this would have been possible without the assistance of Davey Expert Tree. Their willingness to do whatever was needed was amazing. I would also like to thank Mike Price and Jean Lydon for their hospitality. Situations like this remind us that we couldn’t do our work without the help of concerned and caring members of our community. Thank you all. Florida softshell hit by car A Florida softshell was admitted after being struck by a car in Fort Myers. The rescuers kept the turtle in their bath tub overnight until we could help arrange for transport the following day. The turtle is receiving care as she recovers from a fractured carapace and spinal trauma. Many species of turtles are active as they search for food and suitable habitat. Please, if you see a turtle attempting to cross the road, safely pull over and offer assistance. If you find an injured turtle, immediately bring it to the wildlife hospital. Recent releases - 34 go home • A chuck-will’s widow• 3 northern mockingbirds• 8 eastern cottontails• A northern cardinal• A mourning dove• 2 common ground doves• 2 marsh rabbits• A sanderling• 9 opossums• A belted kingfisher• A royal tern• Two grey squirrels• A gopher tortoise Get involved The von Arx Wildlife Hospital is part of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center - 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102, just south of the Naples Zoo off of Goodlette-Frank Rd. To make a donation or to learn more about all of the work the Conservancy of Southwest Florida does to protect our water, land, wildlife and future visit www.conservancy.org.