hatteras island wildlife rehabilitation is for the birds…
and the turtles, and the squirrels and lots of other critters.
Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization dedicated to the treatment and care of the island’s ill and injured wildlife. Its goal is to restore animals to good health, then release them back into the wild. Lou Browning operates HIWR and specializes in rehabilitating reptiles, amphibians, and migratory and non-migratory birds. HIWR is strictly a volunteer endeavor and is supported solely by donations.
“Wildlife rehabilitator Lou Browning slowly reached into the small cage and withdrew a barred owl clutching a makeshift stand.
It was untethered and free to fly. But the gentle bird, stocky and more than a foot tall, only watched Browning with big, black watery eyes.
“Owls are a lot more stable and subtle than hawks,” Browning said.
Browning suspects that the round-faced bird was struck by a vehicle while swooping after prey earlier this month. The collision left her blind in the right eye.
Browning peered into the eye with a bright light. The pupil remained dilated and the retina was detached. Not good news. Likely, she will not recover her sight.”