Larry or Mona,
I called Fish and Wildlife for advice but the expert on the matter was
not available at that instant. In an after the fact conversation with
him he supported what we did. I got through to a rehabiliator for
instructions on moving the bird. She encouraged action. It would have
been dark long before anyone else could get there and the bird was a
couple thousand feet out on the ice sheet. The rehabilitator's
expectation was that the bird would not have lasted the night between
stress and predators. Susie emailed the next day and seemed OK with our
actions as well. I will ask here about the specifics of the law.
This is not uncommon on the ice. A few years ago a couple of ice
sailing friends found a loon on ice fending off some crows/ravens(?)
with mixed success. They brought it to a vet who sees birds and then
released it on the broad lake at Shelburne Farms. That bird seemed very
happy to be back on the softer form of water.
On 1/27/2012 8:35 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers wrote:
> Good job Bob Dill! However. . .
> Are non-licensed bird rehabilitators allowed to pick up and transport wild birds under current law? Perhaps Susie Burbridge of the Loon Preservation Commitee would know.
> Curious in Brandon