Marbled Godwit: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week

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Marbled Godwit: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week
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Source: Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

Patient #276 of 2021: Marbled Godwit

Status: Still in Care

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network has a rare species currently under care: a marbled godwit! This is only the fifth marbled godwit SBWCN has ever cared for on record. This particular bird was found at Devereux Beach by a citizen rescuer who found it struggling in the surf. Once it arrived at the Center, the animal care team discovered the bird's right wing was twisted and had an open fracture. Dr. Avery Berkowitz performed corrective surgery by pinning the radius and ulna, giving this bird the best chance of a successful recovery. This special patient is responding well to treatment, but the team will continue to monitor its progress as it recovers.

Marbled godwits are long-legged shorebirds that typically breed in northern prairie wetlands and spend their winters along the coast. They're known for their long, curved beaks used to probe into sand and mud to forage for food. Their favorite meals? Aquatic invertebrates, insects, and even plant tubers!

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network has cared for over 300 patients since the start of 2021, a 35% increase from this time last year. During spring baby season, the Center typically receives thousands of injured and orphaned baby animals every year. SBWCN is currently asking for support from the community to help prepare for this influx of patients. Please visit www.sbwcn.org/donate for ways you can support this important work.

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Minibeast Feb 21, 2021 03:20 PM
Marbled Godwit: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week

Marbled godwit may be a "rare species" for SBWCN to rehab, but the species itself is "of least concern" when it comes to conservation status. This past weekend, I spotted two flocks of Marbled godwits at a local beach, 49 birds in total. Estimated global breeding population stands somewhere near 170,000. This species was "over hunted" in the early 1900s. Marbled godwits can be seen frequenting Santa Barbara/Goleta beaches. That said, I do see less of them than in recent decades.

Pschlage Feb 22, 2021 08:58 AM
Marbled Godwit: SB Wildlife Care Network's Patient of the Week

Agreed. Currently other birds I am seeing on beach trips are Long billed curlews, snowy plover, sanderlings, pelicans, cormorants, spotted sandpiper, black phoebe, great blue herons, snowy egrets, great white egrets, mallard ducks, clarks grebe, various gulls, northern rough winged swallows. On the headlands, I am seeing kestrel, red tailed hawk and white tailed kite, various sparrows. This is a great time for birding.

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