VINS takes ailing birds under its wing

Adams, right, and Lundborg check the egg of a hawk found in the road. Adams said the hawk was found in the road and possibly ate bad meat or ingested something poisonous, Friday May 4, 2018. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

Photos and text by Robert Layman

At the beginning of May, Herald staff photographer Robert Layman visited the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee to document a morning in its Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.

VINS’ large infrastructure as an educational facility allows it to take in many animals at once, and during peak summer season the numbers can range from 40 to 60, according to wildlife keeper Lauren Adams.

She directs the rehabilitation program and also educates interns about the daily duties required for running the center, which in one year will rehabilitate more than 400 birds of all sizes and diets.

The three summer interns peer in to the cage of a northern saw-whet owl. From left to right is Catlyn Robert, Katie Tidge and Heather Eldridge.


Lauren Adams, Lead Wildlife Keeper, front left, talks with the new interns and returning staff about their plans for the morning Friday May 4, 2018. Adams trains new staff at the beginning of the summer in addition to her duties of bird rehab. Cages have to be “scrapped,” or cleaned, birds have to be fed, and their progress needs to be monitored. Their schedule is tight is because a new patient could arrive any time, and Adams says they don’t turn away birds. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)

Lauren Adams, Lead Wildlife Keeper, checks the foot of a cedar waxwing Friday May 4, 2018. (Robert Layman / Staff Photo)