In 1989, Fellow Mortals helped to pioneer the concept of “Foster Parenting” the orphaned and immature wildlife in our care, working with Marlys Bulander of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who licensed us to keep an unreleasable Wood duck named “Corinne.”
Providing orphaned wild birds with a role model of their own species ensures they imprint properly, learning normal and natural vocalizations and behaviors which gives them a better chance of survival upon release.
39 Wild Birds have been saved from euthanasia and currently have a permanent home at Fellow Mortals, where they act as Foster Parents or Education Animals. We make a life-long commitment to the care and feeding of these animals, many of which are with us for more than a decade.
Alberta is a 34-year old great horned owl, placed with Fellow Mortals by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1994. Alberta has raised close to 100 owlets as her own over the past 20 years.
Serena is a mature red-tailed hawk who came to us with a shoulder injury. She provides comfort and companionship to orphaned and immature young.
Sophie & Shakespeare are barred owls. Both suffered injuries which left them unable to fly. The owlet shown (at right) was raised by them in 2013 and recovered from a fractured leg to be released.
Some of our other Foster & Education Animals:
Canada geese – Naomi, Hannah & Francis
Wood ducks – Dougie & Betty
Screech owl – Robbie
Saw-whet owls – Katy & Scotty
Blue Jay – Thomasina
Short-eared owl – Amelia
Mallard ducks – Snow, Echo & Mama
We are grateful to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which allow licensed rehabilitators to keep unreleasable wildlife as Fosters or Education Animals.