The late-June heat wave
in the Pacific Northwest
, which killed hundreds of people
and cooked up to one billion sea creatures alive, also caused dozens of baby hawks to flee their nests.
“They had no choice,” Lynn Tompkins, an Oregon wildlife
rehabber, told the East Oregonian. “It was just too bloody hot to survive.”
Blue Mountain Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Tompkins, took in around 50 nestling hawks too young to fly that had launched themselves earthward in a desperate attempt to escape the heat, which was just one example of climate-change-related extreme weather
in recent weeks.
Thirteen of the chicks were euthanized due to their severe injuries, but the surviving birds
were doing well and "eating an incredible amount of food
," according to a blog
post from the rehab center.
Similar events occurred in British Columbia
, where the OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society experienced a "new high" in terms of rescuing baby birds in distress.
Our ICU has never been so full pic.twitter.com/TXwVPWGJiW — OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (@OWLRehab) July 3, 2021
“We were about 140 birds over this same period last time
,” rehab center general manager Rob Hope told CTC News
Vancouver. “Unfortunately, because it got so hot, the little guys had no choice but to try and cool off and they were getting themselves into trouble. They were falling out of the nest, jumping out of the nests, and a lot of the babies we did get were unfortunately siblings that had gotten separated.
He went on to say that the most vulnerable birds were falcons, hawks, and bald eagles.