[Tweeters] Pileated Woodpecker-window kill

Christine Southwick clsouth at u.washington.edu
Wed Aug 24 08:19:27 PDT 2005

The Burke Museum at the University of Washington has a large skin/feather collection for use by bird researchers.  They have the necessary permits.  I took a song sparrow that had been killed by a cat (one small puncture wound), and it is now a part of the specimens.  Donated birds also are used to train students how to preserve skins for research/data purposes.  
Double bagging and freezing was enough--I kept it frozen on the way to the Burke by putting it in a cooler with lots of blue ice.

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline

clsouth at u.washington.edu

On Tue, 23 Aug 2005, Marc Hoffman wrote:

> Last summer I "rescued" a kingfisher from the 520 bridge but he died before I 
> reached home. I donated him to the Bellevue Parks Dept. I learned some 
> interesting things about such situations, which I'll pass on to you and the 
> list readers.
> It is important to freeze the bird as soon and as deeply as possible. One 
> method is to put him in a zip-loc freezer bag, remove as much air as possible 
> (a vacuum cleaner with a very small nozzle, such as used to clean computer 
> keyboards, can help with this), then freeze him. Frost-free freezers are not 
> very good for this, as they periodically thaw or circulate air, creating 
> freezer burn. One extra precaution against such damage is to place the bag in a 
> container of water and freeze the entire thing as a block.
> Whomever the bird goes to, they may need a permit of some sort in order for a 
> taxidermist to preserve the pileated. At least that was the case with the 
> kingfisher, and we had to wait about 6 weeks while the permit came through. I 
> was told the taxidermist probably wouldn't get to it for at least several 
> months, so proper freezing is really important.
> Marc
> Marc Hoffman
> Kirkland, WA
> http://www.dartfrogmedia.com
> mailto:tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
> At 01:26 PM 8/23/2005, cleoand wrote:
> Hi Tweets: Just heard a loud "Plop" on the neighbor's window and found a 
> Pileated Woodpecker laying on his back. He appeared to be alive and we wrapped 
> him in a towel but he was bleeding from the mouth and we lost him.
> Seems to be a young one but a beauty just the same. Does anyone know a school 
> or wildlife organization that would be interested in him? Seems such a waste. 
> Hoping to hear from someone. Thanks
> Cleo Andreasen
> Anacortes,WA
> cleoand at fidalgo.net

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