Sora Release

PATIENT:  Sora, #10-1877 LOCATION:  Augusta County, Virginia INJURYFractured left scapula and coracoid ADMISSION DATE:  August 27 PROGNOSIS:  Released on September 22 At the end of August, the Wildlife Center admitted an adult Sora -- a small bird in the Rail family.  This bird was found beside the road in Augusta County, Virginia, unable to fly.  After staff veterinarians performed their series of diagnostic tests, they confirmed that the bird had two fractures -- in the left coracoid and left scapula.  Soras are fairly secretive birds and can be found in both freshwater and brackish marshes in Virginia.  They eat seeds of aquatic plants as well as aquatic invertebrates.  The prescription to treat this Sora's injuries was fairly simple:  anti-inflammatories, supportive care, and cage rest, to give the bones time to heal.  However, the Center's veterinary staff knew that keeping the bird calm and well-fed could prove to be difficult.  After the Sora finished its course of medications at the Center, permitted wildlife rehabilitator Randi Brooks was called.  Randi lives in the Stafford County area and often rehabilitates a variety of marsh birds.  Under Randi's care, the Sora rested comfortably during its recovery and continued to eat on its own.  On September 22, the Sora was returned to the Wildlife Center for a final check-up to assess if it was ready for release.  After a thorough physical exam and test flight, Dr. Miranda Sadar gave the bird the hoped-for "good-to-go".  Center President Ed Clark did the honors, releasing the Sora near the site of its original rescue.  This bird likely has some more traveling to do.  The Sora rescued in late August in Augusta County probably had come from nesting territory in the northern U.S. or Canada.  Some Soras will spend the winter in the Southern U.S.; others migrate to Bermuda, Caribbean islands, Mexico,  and Central America.  At the Wildlife Center, we treat to release.  Your donation will help support the Center’s life-saving work with about 2,500 wild animals in need.