July 23, 2012
The Wild Bird Fund has been the go-to place in NYC for years. It is where my own interest in wildlife rehabilitation was engendered and I learned a great deal from the women who are lead rehabilitators there. One is still my prime mentor. That said, I am concerned that the organization has lost its focus as it has gotten bigger and most recently, moved to its own shop across from the vet-shop where it shared space. This is especially a problem in the case of Ernest the pheasant. Ernest has been living in the basement "hospital" area for six months, never seeing sunlight or other pheasants or anything normal. There is no reason for this except that no one has gotten around to taking Ernest off to his forever home upstate. In the meantime, he has had to share space with other birds, including predators that eat pheasants. He has suffered injuries at the hands of new, ill-trained, inadequately supervised staff. People engaged at WBF know I go regularly upstate and could have taken Ernest with me; I have specifically offered to take him on the next trip; this offer has been rejected. Add to this the excessive claim to be >the< wildlife rehabilitation center for NYC, but generally not equipped to handle even the birds current brought in, and I think this place needs new, competent management badly and now.
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