To further elaborate, in our experience, sometimes the transportation of wildlife by unauthorized individuals requires good judgment. We transported a kestrel we found by the roadside to a vet hospital that acted as the rehabilitator. At the time it was our judgment that the bird would not survive without our aid. Recently, I know of a barred owl that was delivered to VINS. It was found by the roadside in a dazed condition and broken wing tip. Without the help of unauthorized volunteers these birds will likely become part of the food chain. Unfortunately, not due to natural causes but because of auto collisions or window strikes. When we asked VINS about this they explained that it is important to recognize a large bird like a loon could do damage to a person (or itself) so judgment is needed. That is more the issue than the question of an authority accusing a rescuer of doing something illegal.
Thanks Larry and Mona for asking a question that needed clarification.
Marv Elliott, Rutland County Audubon
Vermont Birdhouses and Wood Products
Rutland Town, VT
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Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Legalisms and Loon Rescue
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