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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cornell's Policy on Intervention

Charles Eldermire posted following response to viewers' concern for D2 after D2 fledged in 2013. She spent several days perched near the lilac bushes near Weill.

charles_cornellbirds: If we had a reason to think that D2 was injured, or that intervening was needed, then it would be considered. Our intention is not to intervene in anything other than to put the tools in place to be able to observe these birds; as such, if there were an obviously anthropogenic* clear-and-present danger to a bird, we would weigh the benefit from intervening against the possible negative. [Some good examples were] last year at the Hellgate osprey nest where we removed a nestling that was wrapped with monofilament and with C3 last year when it appeared trapped within a confined space for about a day. Another way to look at it is to forget that these birds are on camera and ask ourselves what we would do if we encountered a hawk acting a certain way in the wild, or with an obvious injury. There are certainly scenarios where working with wildlife rehabilitators to resolve an injury would be perfectly in-line with everything else I've written. For now, D2 reminds me a lot of one of the fledglings last year that spent days off and on perched on a bike rack. There's been no reason to think the bird is injured, with all of the photos there's been no obvious injury, and with only 2 years of watching, this behavior is similar to some we saw last year. Hopefully, this lends a little clarity to the topic. You can e-mail me questions:

*anthropogenic: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature. From Merriam-Webster. 

Thank you to AlohaLynn for providing the text of Charles' remarks for this post.