So it’s the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend! Unfortunately, a combination of extra hours at work, exams and a baby shower has kept me away from windows and the outdoors this weekend so my participation has been limited. But work was invited to help kick off the gbbc in a big way.
On Friday, Fox and Friends did a segment with Wild Birds Unlimited. The Tenafly Nature Center, where I work, was invited to participate in this component by contributing two of our Animal Ambassadors: Mitzi, the Barred Owl, and Ruby, the Red-tailed Hawk.
More about our birds: Mitzi, gender unknown, was a wild bird who was injured as an adult. The left wing was injured and s/he can’t sustain flight. However, s/he gets great exercise whenever we enter the aviary as s/he practices evasion maneuvers.
Ruby, was injured as a juvenile, thus is more tolerant of human presence. She dislikes being outdone by Mitzi and performs back flips for attention or to avoid annoying tasks. Ruby is blind in her left eye.
And yes, we at the center immediately noted that Barred Owl was misspelled. However, most important, I believe, is the exposure the gbbc, birding, and conservation had their 3 minutes of fame on Fox news.