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Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

A Volunteer Newsletter

September 2018

Celebrating 42 years of excellence in
wildlife rehabilitation and research

Photo: snyders/moonbeampublishing Compiled by Tri-State staff and volunteers


It’s not easy, and it can be outright uncomfortable
spending time in a big metal box during the hottest
summer days, all for the birds. Elizabeth, Ellie, Pat,
Tom, Dottie, Maryanne, Linda, and Ann have been
doing just that for the past month (and for years’
worth of Yard Sales!). Accepting, sorting, pricing and
boxing items for Tri-State’s annual Giant Yard Sale
takes a lot of effort, and this trio has gone above and
beyond getting hundreds of items ready for sale.
Clean, gently used and in working order items will be
accepted through Tuesday, September 23rd .Find all
the answers to your Giant Yard Sale questions at

From left to right: Elizabeth, Pat, and Tom sort items in the yard
sale trailer. Staff Photo

One of the last hands-on projects that the
summer interns accomplished before leaving
Tri-State was building a patient caging at
the Annex. Dennis, a volunteer and CORE
team member, led the interns in a project to
construct six modular cages that will be
utilized in the duck room for patient care in
the clinic. They are a bit smaller than the
caging used in the Annex for contaminated
Our clinic director, Andrea, and our
veterinarian, Cristin, first brought the idea of
Dennis supervises summer interns building cages. Staff Photo creating a smaller cage system for clinic
patient use to Michelle, preparedness
manager of oil programs, who then designed and built a prototype. Dennis and the interns utilized the
prototype pattern and successfully created six more cages that are easier to use than playpens.
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Two volunteers hosted nine children from Bellevue State Park’s volunteerism camp for an afternoon in August.
Jean gave the twelve- to fifteen-year-olds a facilities tour, and Marian gave a presentation on Tri-Sate, our
mission, and how integral volunteers are to the success of the organization. Both volunteers then guided them
through a sand change in cages 4A and 4B. While the kids were busy as bees filling buckets and raking sand,
another volunteer, Rand, was providing the team clean sand for the project. The main purpose of the camp is
for youngsters to gain volunteer experience with and learn about various local organizations.

Rand supplies clean sand for volunteers
working on caging sand change. Staff Photo
Jean assists Bellevue State Park campers with a sand change.
Staff Photo

Not only is Jim an expert hands-on patient care When it comes to tasks big or small, volunteers
volunteer, he also is adept at getting his hands on are always up for the challenge. Cutting up
aluminum cans and scrap metal. For years, Jim has cardboard boxes isn’t the most glamorous task,
hauled pounds of metal to the recycling center in but Mary tackles it with a smile, knowing she is
exchange for cash. He then generously gives the keeping waste out of the landfill.
proceeds for wild bird care. ‘Can’ you believe that,
Mary is also aces at setting up habitats and
to date, Jim has donated $2,400 of recycling
clipping branches for just the right perch.
proceeds to Tri-State!
Maybe Mary just likes sharp implements… 
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On August 15th an “almost end-of-the-summer” picnic was held in the Annex to thank the interns, celebrate
the volunteers, and show appreciation to staff. Volunteer Ray, who liberally contributes his time to Tri-State
patient transportation, renesting, and outreach events, generously contributed a feast fit for kings and queens.
Delicious fried chicken, various yummy salads,
hot dogs with all the fixings, and sweet
watermelon were just some of the highlights of
the picnic.
The best highlight? Throughout the afternoon
volunteers, summer interns and staff mingled,
enjoyed an extraordinary meal, and got to
know members of the Tri-State flock a bit

Ray (right) dishes out delicious delights. Staff Photo

A Good Samaritan from New Jersey brought this Forster's Tern to our clinic after finding it in the middle of the
The unusual-to-Tri-State patient displayed slight neurological symptoms and initially had to be force-fed. After
several days of specialized care from volunteers and staff, the tern turned the corner and began to eat hand-
fed fish and invertebrates, which are natural to its diet in the wild.
With each passing day of professional care, the bird's health improved and it began self-feeding. Additionally,
we treated it for lice and ensured its waterproofing was in great shape. Once the tern fully recuperated and
regained its strength, it was released back to the wild, where it had a second turn at freedom.

Forster’s Tern in care Staff Photos
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Forster’s Tern in care Staff Photos

Want to know more about this spectacular species? Click here

In July, a mother and her six-year-old daughter brought an American Robin into the clinic. They believed the
juvenile had been attacked by another bird.
Over the course of the next several weeks, the professional care our volunteers and staff gave to the bird
helped it heal from an injured foot (see the sandal in the photo below) and a case of mites.
We were thrilled to report to the pair that this patient
was healthy and strong enough to be released back to
the wild, and we thanked them for their help in giving
the songbird a second chance. The mom shared these
words with us: "This news absolutely made my six-year-
old daughter's day. She is amazed at how much the bird
grew. She is so proud that she helped get this bird to
you. Thanks for your amazing work and all you do for
these birds. This experience has made my daughter's
love for nature grow even larger than it already was.
Thanks for making this such a great experience for us.
You guys are the best."
Thank you to everyone who helped this young robin—
and hundreds of other baby birds over the summer—
have a second chance at life in the wild.

American Robin in care Staff Photo
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Twenty-six Mallards and twenty-three Chimney Swifts top August’s patient release numbers. To that we add
thirteen American Robins, five Red-tailed Hawks, and a bevy of other species, including a Bald Eagle, Song
Sparrows, Wood Ducks, Mourning Doves, House Wrens, Eastern Phoebes, Barn Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds,
House Finches, Fish Crows, Purple Martins, Northern Mockingbirds, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, House
Wrens, Blue Jays, Chipping Sparrows, Gray Catbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Laughing Gull, Forster’s Tern,
Northern Flicker, Osprey, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Wood Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, and two on the
endangered species list—two Piping Plovers! It is quite a list with quite the number of different species. Many,
many hands spent numerous hours providing each of these patients with expert and dedicated care. Without
the commitment of so many volunteers, these release stories would not have been possible. Thank you for
your many hours of hard work and your dedication.

Kathy skillfully feeds three nestling Carolina Wrens Staff Photo

Please welcome Hal to the Tri-State flock! On July 30th he came on board as
Tri-State’s accounting manager. Hailing from Nottingham, PA, Hal lives on
an acre prime for bird watching. What started out as an interest in art
history in college changed to accounting, and the transition has been a
happy one. What brings him to Tri-State? “I wanted to shift gears from the
corporate world to join a non-profit. I like the environment of non-profits
and that they do good things in the world.”
His favorite hobby is baking cookies from scratch. He’s been baking most of
his life and enjoys sharing his bounty. Hal’s favorite cookies to make and
eat are gingersnaps. “There’s nothing better than the smell of them baking
in the oven.”
Luckily, we’ve been the beneficiaries of his hobby, and you can often find his delicious delights on the table in
the volunteer break room. Welcome aboard, Hal!
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23 years: Maryanne Yingst 17 years: Thomas Jones III and Cindy Naylor 12 years: Elizabeth Eldridge
7 years: Kim Cook and Jim Howey 6 years: David & Erica Pearson and Joyce Witte 5 years: Mary Behal and
Dennis & Bobbie Davis 1 year: Marisa Beckett, Casey Dignan, Melissa Dominach, Agnes Galej, Albert George,
Audrey Ghanian, Talia Greenblatt, Megan Lang, Chandler Navara, Haley Nelson, Daniel Pate, Jennifer Reukauf,
Ali Sanz, Sahana Sundar.

Our annual Giant Yard Sale will be held Saturday, October 6th, at the Aetna
Hose Hook & Ladder fire hall in Newark, Delaware. The trailer is in the upper
parking lot, and a dedicated team of volunteers are on hand Sundays and
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to
accept items. Donated items are needed to make this event a success,
so clean out your garage, attic, or
basement to help the birds! Information on
the items we can and cannot accept can be
found at
This can’t be reiterated enough—A big event like
the yard sale to benefit the birds is only possible
with the support of many people. Thank you to
all our amazing volunteers who collect, price,
and sort items. Thank you to those who help us
set up for the event, work at the event, and
break down the event, as well as the bakers
who populate the bake sale with delicious
If you would like to help with this event, please contact Chris Chapdelaine at or sign up on the sheet in the volunteer break room. Additionally, you can help
spread the word by posting yard sale flyers at various locations. The list of locations and flyers are located on
the bulletin board in the volunteer break room, or download and print the flyer.

Yard Sale, Saturday, October 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711
If you would like to volunteer for this event, but can’t make it the
day of the sale, you will be welcomed with open arms the day
before to assist with setting up. Help is needed to unload the
truck and set up the tables Friday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. There will be coffee and donuts to help fuel everyone.
You can sign up with Chris at or in
the volunteer break room.

Ann helps out at last year’s Yard Sale. Staff Photo
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Fly Me to the Loon! Celebrating the 2018 Benefit
for the Birds, Friday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is returning to the Chase
Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. This year’s theme
is “A Night in Vintage Vegas,” and the house will be flush
with entertainment, complete with the sounds of Sinatra
and casino games like Blackjack and Roulette. All
proceeds help our patients and programs and allow us to
continue our mission, as we have for the past 42 years.

Tickets are now on sale!

Don’t miss out on this fabulous fiesta to benefit the birds. It’s sure to turn up Aces.

This is yet another event that is made possible by a league of volunteers. Please contact Chris Chapdelaine with
any questions about volunteer opportunities at or at (302) 737-9543, ext. 109.

I understand that American Crows have one less pinion feather than Common Ravens. Therefore, how do you
tell these crows from a raven?
It's a matter of opinion.