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LETTER: Thanks to those who helped rescue bird from Sturgeon River

WildNorth will care for it until it can be released back into the wild.
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Letter writer Brian Morris took this photo of a bird struggling in the Sturgeon River. BRIAN MORRIS/Photo

Everyone loves a story with a happy ending, and this is one of those.

Recently, while walking across the Ray Gibbon bridge, I spotted a small bird in the water of the Sturgeon River who appeared to be struggling. I could not tell if it was tangled in fishing line or some other problem. 

Being an avid photographer, I took some pictures and then returned to the RV park to search on who may possibly offer assistance to retrieve the bird.
I contacted WildNorth Recovery but their staff was unavailable due to the hour of the day.

I returned to the boat launch at Rotary Park and a lovely young couple were just getting ready to launch their kayak. I asked them if they would help, and they quickly agreed to get the bird. Unfortunately, I did not get their names.

They retrieved the bird, which was a young wild pigeon, and I returned to the park to seek the help of another couple who I know have worked for a long time in bird banding. They graciously loaned me a small container — they call it a bird hospital — and my wife and I took the bird into our trailer.

The next day, I dropped the bird off at WildNorth and they said they will care for it until it can be released back into the wild.

Brian Morris, St. Albert