Rescue & Rehab Journal

July 30th, 2014 Juvenile Kittiwake arrived from Homer

May, 6th 2015

A Black-legged kittiwake arrived after assistance from a Wildlife official in Homer.  After an exam by a veterinarian, it was determined that the bird's feather condition is poor and needs some supportive care prior to release.  The Kittiwake has been provided with some initial rehydration and will soon be offered a mixed variety of fish as a source of nutrition. 

July 31st, 2014 Swim time!

May, 6th 2015

The Kittiwake is encouraged to have supervised swim time throughout the day to help improve it's feather condition.  Also it is eating a wide variety of fish well on it's own. 

August, 4th 2014

May, 6th 2015

The Kittiwake's feather condition continues to improve. During scheduled swims it is floating higher on the water and the feathers are appearing to not be as damp. 

August 6th, 2014

May, 6th 2015

After staff's attempts to implement swims, the Kittiwake was found swimming on its own which is a great sign. More time in the water and an increase in seeing the Kittiwake care for it's feathers is improving it's ability to stay afloat on the water longer which will be necessary when released back to the wild. 


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