For *any* injured wildlife, we should all FILE THIS NUMBER at home and in
our phones:

*Cornell's **Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center* at (607) 253-3060.
Someone is always available. They will ask you questions to help assess the
situation (you can even send them live photos if need be) and will then
advise you how best to proceed, including figuring out how to get the
animal to them for care if necessary, whether you bring it in or they
rustle up someone to come get it.  They handle both acute intervention and
long-term rehab placement as needed.

As Dave said previously, they're on Hungerford Hill Rd on the east/uphill
side near the end at Snyder Hill Rd. *However*, even though they have an
emergency button at the door have a vet *on call* 24/7, they're only
officially open for intake with a vet already there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday thru Friday. Outside those hours (and possibly in other
circumstances) both your call and the animal care get routed to the *Cornell
Companion Animal Hospital* in the main Vet complex off Campus Road. At
least they were on the weekend day (or after hours? I actually forget
which) when I brought in one of the injured birds I found this summer. In
such after-hours or other atypical situations, if you can get the animal to
directly to the alternate location it could save a lot of animal distress
time over just waiting at the Hungerford Hill Rd. facility for a vet to be
reached and travel to get there. Just to say, the most time efficient
protocol for both you and the injured animal is to *call ahead first if at
all possible and then proceed as they advise.*

We're incredibly lucky to have this local hub of info and action on
wildlife care, and they're really excellent and conscientious about what
they do. Take advantage of having them among us and keep that phone number
handy!  Oh, and their website is well worth looking at too, for all kinds
of info: .


On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 5:10 PM, Anne Marie Whelan <>

> Nancy Cusumano volunteered to check on the injured gull.  Thank you Nancy!
> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Anne Marie Whelan <
> > wrote:
>> A friend just told me that he just saw an injured gull by the big gas
>> tanks at Andree's Petroleum near the waterfront.  (I'm not sure if it's
>> still called Andre's - it's just up from the Cornell Boathouse on the way
>> to Aldi's.)   He said it appeared to be in great distress, chewing on its
>> wing.
>> Anne Marie
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Dave Nutter <>
>> Date: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] About that injured hawk
>> To: CayugaBirds-L b <>
>> On Friday evening a friend called me saying friends of hers had a
>> Red-tailed Hawk with an injured wing under their porch in downtown Ithaca.
>> I asked CayugaBirds-L if someone was willing to help them. Candace Cornell
>> quickly volunteered. I gave her the contact info, and she and her husband
>> were immediately on their way.
>> Several other people also quickly gave this useful advice for dealing
>> with such a large injured bird:
>> 1) protect your eyes and hands (talons are raptors’ threat, although the
>> stabbing bill of birds like loons, herons, or the chomping bill of a
>> Cardinal can hurt you)
>> 2) toss a large towel or blanket over the bird
>> 3) put the blanketed bird in a cardboard box either by quickly scooping
>> it up or by putting the box over it and flipping them over together, then
>> cover/close the box (not airtight of course)
>> 4) take it to the Cornell University Vet School’s Swanson Wildlife
>> Clinic. It’s on Hungerford Hill Rd on the east/uphill side near the end at
>> Snyder Hill Rd. They can be reached at 607-253-3060 or there is an
>> emergency button to push there. They have a vet on call 24/7. The service
>> is free.
>> Candace reported that the finders misidentified the large injured bird at
>> night under their porch, which is not surprising. What is surprising is
>> that it was a female Ring-necked Pheasant, which I have never seen in
>> downtown Ithaca. Candace suspected it had been struck by a car. I wonder if
>> it also had ridden clinging to the grille to the downtown location. She did
>> not know whether the wildlife vets would try to save a pheasant, a
>> non-native species which is raised to be shot. Two pieces of good news,
>> though: No hawk got hurt, and Candace was happy to rescue the bird
>> regardless of species.
>> - - Dave Nutter
>> Sent from my iPad
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