Great Blue Heron Recovery Fund

$545 of $500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 9 months
On February 27th a female great blue heron was admitted to Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) by an Animal Control Officer. 

The X-rays, shown here, indicate that the bird suffered from at least 4 gun shot wounds throughout her body. The x-ray also showed she was carrying an egg inside of her. 

She is now standing, a great improvement, and has been moved to a larger enclosure at our center. We're hoping that she will make a full recovery!

To care for this bird, she must be tube fed throughout the day - and SBWCN relies 100% on donations to provide life saving treatment to wildlife. Costs of care include:  medical examination, X-rays, medicines, food, medical care, and other associated costs. 


What's next for this Great Blue Heron?  SBWCN hopes she will be able to eat on her own soon, a solid step towards full recovery.  SBWCN is waiting for medical advice concerning the time it has retained the egg. We will keep this page updated as she makes progress. 

Thank you for considering making a donation to the Great Blue Heron Recovery Fund! 

About Protecting Great Blue Herons: 

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. 

The bird was initially found by the Lompoc Water Treatment Plant at 1501 W Central Ave. If you have any information regarding this bird please call the California Department of Fish & Wildlife tip line at 888-334-2258 - they are currently investigating this incident.  

This fundraiser is being organized by Ariana Katovich, Development Director for the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network  to support their mission to Save and Serve Wildlife.
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GREAT news! She is FREE!!! This beautiful heron was released back to her habitat in Lompoc. She was strong and eating well prior to her release.

Unfortunately she had held her egg too long and it was unviable. There is a high chance she will live to lay more in the wild, though, thanks to the awesome FULLY FUNDED care by the SBWCN! What a success! Thank you to everyone who donated; your donation contributed to her freedom!
She's FREE!!
Unviable egg
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Happy Rainy Day everyone! here is an update on the Great Blue Heron from SBWCN's Director of Animal Care, Julia: "Hi! She is consuming more whole food on her own and stands in the top shelf in her enclosure!"

This is great news! feeding herself is a huge milestone, as is increased mobility.

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YOU DID IT! You raised over $500 in just one day! This Great Blue Heron's treatment is FULLY FUNDED because of your help!

Any additional donations will be used to fund the treatment of other herons that will come into our care. We receive about 42 herons per year (including Black Crowned Night Herons and Great Blues). THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for supporting wildlife!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or shared the campaign link! We are almost half way to our goal!! Here is a picture our the Great Blue Heron from today, March 7.
Getting Some Sunshine today!
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$545 of $500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 9 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
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