Blog Archive December 2006

Congratulations to Scott Strazzante

Posted on 24 December 2006 by Dawn Keller

This year we were fortunate to have Scott Strazzante from the Chicago Tribune do a photo story on Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation called Wildlife 911. The story ran in August and is still available for viewing on the Chicago Tribune Website. Well, the Tribune's Pictures of the Year were published in the December 24, 2006 Chicago Tribune Magazine and Scott's image of the Black-Capped Chickadee in a box was selected as one of this year's best. This image ran as the magazine cover for Wildlife 911. Scott has several other images featured in the Pictures of the Year.

We are so happy for Scott and are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know him.

Congratulations Scott!!

Red-Tailed Hawk with Broken Jaw Moves on Out

Posted on 20 December 2006 by Dawn Keller

It's been awhile since we provided you with an update for the Red Tailed Hawk that had jaw surgery. As you might recall, our friends at Lake County Animal Control brought the bird to us after it was struck by a vehicle up in Antioch. The lower jaw had sustained a compound fracture (exposed bone) but our great vets at Niles Animal Hospital were able to insert a very small orthopedic pin in order to repair the jaw.

When the Red Tail arrived at our facility, she had a full crop despite having just been in a major accident. For anyone who doesn't know, the full crop indicates that she had just enjoyed a large meal. I should have known that this bird was as tough as nails from the fact that she didn't regurgitate her large meal after being hit. Well, she continues to prove to use that she is REALLY tough as nails.

This is one of the most aggressive Red Tails that we've ever had at our facility and she doesn't miss an opportunity to try and hurt us. We love her spunk. As Dr. Wilmes at Niles Animal Hospital said, "This is the kind of bird that you want to send off to have babies." If I was a betting person, I would bet that this bird will live a very long life after her release and I hope that she will raise some really capable and independent young.

Anyway, the Red Tail was moved out to pre-release caging about two weeks ago. She was moved out with an adult Red Tail that had sustained a broken ulna (bone in the wing) and a juvenile Red Tail who also sustained a broken ulna. Both of these birds have also made complete recoveries.

The three birds are doing well and should be released in the next two - three weeks. We'll keep you posted.


Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Extends Deadline to Purchase Raffle Tickets

Posted on 20 December 2006 by Dawn Keller

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation has extended the deadline to purchase tickets for its car raffle until February 8, 2007. The new drawing date will be February 10, 2007. The raffle grand prize is a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid or $25,000 cash, second prize is $2,500 cash and third prize is $1,000 cash.

Tickets cost $75 each or 3/$200 and only 1,750 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased on-line at or by completing the raffle flyer that may be downloaded at and mailing it to the address indicated on the flyer.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation extended the raffle date by almost two months in order to sell additional tickets. As Flint Creek Wildlife's biggest fundraising event of the year, proceeds from the raffle help Flint Creek Wildlife care for more than 2,000 animals annually.