US Army Corps of Engineers contractors and construction workers in the Sacramento District made steady progress on the Sacramento River East Levee project when contract worker Roberto Navarez spotted two gray chicks just in the path of a bulldozer.
According to Good News Network, Navarez contacted wildlife biologist Pete Morris to help him get to the Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) trailer. Once inside the air-conditioned building, the larger of the two chicks started jumping around and chirping their lungs out loud. However, the little brother seemed to struggle, remained calm and listless.
They reached out to Lee Roork, USACE quality assurance representative, who takes injured owls to various wildlife areas to care for the smaller bird.
The baby birds returned to the wild after being rescued from the bulldozer; Habitat loss remains the main threat to wildlife
Caring for Blu, the abandoned baby jay
The outlet reported that Roork tied the cardboard nest with the two birds to a branch, hoping their parents would come and pick them up. However, only the larger bird jumped out of the box and interacted with an adult scrub jay before they both scurried over to the nearby bush, leaving the smaller bird behind.
Seeing that the smaller, weaker bird likely wouldn’t survive if left alone, Roork decided to come back and take care of the baby. His wife, who is also a USACE employee, was enthusiastic and immediately agreed to his plan to care for the baby bird, which they named Blu.
Both husband and wife are experienced in handling birds. From the start, their end goal is to send Blu back to the wild. Susan, the woman, said Blu has been making progress since arriving two months ago.
They decided that on Labor Day, they would release Blu back into the wild. They would take the bird outside to acclimatize it to the environment and sometimes open the door to see if Blu was ready to fly. Then one day, Blu finally decided to get back to the wilderness as he rushed through the slightly open front door and landed on nearby trees, where she joined other scrub jays and began to fly.
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Habitat loss remains the main threat to wildlife
This includes human activities like agriculture, oil and gas exploration, business development, and water diversion. These activities could radically change the ecosystem and no longer provide food, water, shelter and places for animals to raise their young. Unfortunately, there are fewer places left for wildlife to call home.
A 2016 study cited by the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) revealed that the biggest problems with endangered species aren’t mining or volcanoes, or climate change. The main drivers of endangered species are “guns, nets and bulldozers”. This means that hunting, fishing, and habitat destruction in the name of agriculture or industrialization causes animals to become endangered.
The The United Nations estimates that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, which means people will bring more agriculture, destroy more trees, hunt more, fish more and most likely make climate change worse.
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