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“Excellent staff up there,” Blake said. “They took the bird right in and they took me in because I went and got it. I held the wing out while they took blood, they took x-rays, checked for frostbite, the whole nine yards. Like it was it was a person. I was amazed.”
Finally, when the loon was given a clean bill of health, it was released in a large open area in Wilson. The bird dove into the water and began to paddle away. Blake says that’s how he knew the bird was ok.
“I couldn’t rest until I’d exhausted every possible thing to do for this bird once I knew it was alive,” said Godwin. “I was amazed and thrilled that these volunteer names were (of people from) Lewiston, Youngstown, Wilson, all over the place.
“I thought this is wonderful. I’ve never lived in an area that there have been this many committed people to the other creatures that inhabit our environment,” she said, noting that she had recently returned to the region from Pennsylvania. “It’s really heartwarming.”
To thank Blake for his courage and compassion, her fiance, an artist, will be painting a portrait of him with a red-tail hawk he rescued named MacGyver.
Wild Kritters is a non-profit organization is comprised of state and federally licensed volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing injured or orphaned wildlife in trouble. The goal is to rehab the animals and nurse them back to health so they can be successfully released into the wild.
Wild Kritters is hosting its seventh annual basket raffle fundraiser at the 3F Club in Lewiston on April 21 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be food and entertainment for all ages. For more information visit www.wildkritters.com.
“Everyone is connected, its like that movie, ‘Pay it Forward,’” said Godwin.
“If you have an opportunity to do something to help someone and you feel the urge, by all means, do it.” she said. “If I were a bird stuck in ice someday, I would hope somebody looks out their window … and calls Bill.”