No one really dressed up for Halloween this year at VBT Headquarters, but our Regional Technical Coordinator, Chris, showed up as a superhero anyway… At least in spirit, he left the cape at home. Just back from Costa Rica, fending off jetlag, Chris managed to squeeze-in saving a baby hawk on top of his other duties in the VBT shop. All in a day’s work. Here’s his story:
As I was sitting in my office catching up on emails and staring down my computer screen a loud crash hit the shop window as if someone had thrown a log into it. Upon inspection I discovered that a hawk had flown into my window and was lying lifeless (though breathing) on the ground.
I contacted the Vermont State Police and they put me in touch with VINS (The Vermont Institute of Natural Science). VINS puts me in touch with one of the area volunteers, John Aders, who is state and federally certified to deal with situations such as these. John wasn’t sure if the bird was a night hawk or a red tailed hawk as the bird was a youth and did not have distinctive markings yet.
One thing I love about working at VBT is that in a case like this my supervisor had no hesitation in approving my next move: driving to Waitsfield, VT, to deliver the bird to the experts for potential life-saving treatment. The other thing I love is how my coworkers jumped up to assist me in getting the bird into a box. Our own Product Operations Manager, Amy, ended up grabbing the bird with her bare hands, all the while speaking to it softly as to calm it. I’m not sure if the bird could understand English as he was quite nervous to be so close to a homosapien.
As the bird and I arrived to meet John, he was beginning to become much more alive and wanted out of the very comfortable box we created for him. John inspected the bird for any broken bones and vital signs and nothing was broken. The result of our quick action made it possible for it to fly another day after some treatment and rest due to a potential head injury.
On my way back over the mountain to Bristol the sun had come out of the clouds and created rainbows all around. I counted 9 in total. I took this as a sign that we had done good for the earth and mother nature was giving us a gentle, but beautiful pat on the back.
VBT Regional Technical Coordinator
Happy Halloween Everyone, from all of us at VBT!