This year saw multiple record-breaking heatwaves around the world, and one area that was hit especially hard was the Pacific Northwest.
The Pacific Northwest was faced with unprecedented heat in late June that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people and an estimated 1 billion sea creatives, according to the Huff Post.
Beyond that, the East Oregonian reported that the heatwave caused dozens of baby hawks to throw themselves from their nests in an attempt to escape the heat.
Wildlife rehabber Lynn Tompkins explained to the East Oregonian, “They had no choice. It was just too bloody hot to survive.”
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Tompkin’s opened the Blue Mountain Wildlife rehabilitation center back in the 1980s after working as a veterinary technician. The center has helped countless wild animals return to nature, and it recently took in 50 of the nestling hawks that’d jumped from their nests.
The little hawks who jumped from their nests were too young to fly and thirteen had to be euthanized due to severe injuries according to the rehabilitation center.
British Columbia saw similar cases. OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society shared on Twitter, “Record breaking temperatures this week have lead to record breaking admissions for wildlife intakes.”
Record breaking temperatures this week have lead to record breaking admissions for wildlife intakes. 12-20 raptors coming in each day. Most are young birds that fled the heat by leaving the nest too soon, or have broken bones from the fall. Our ICU has never been so full pic.twitter.com/TXwVPWGJiW
— OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (@OWLRehab) July 3, 2021
In an interview with CTV News, the OWL rehab center manager, Rob Hope, said: “We’re about 140 birds over this same period last time. Unfortunately the little guys, because it got so hot, they had no choice but to try and cool off and they were getting themselves into trouble. They were falling out of the nest, jumping out the nests and a lot of the babies we did get unfortunately there were siblings that had perished within a few groups.”
The extreme heat was a result of climate change and it’s expected that more extreme weather will follow in the coming years.Whizzco