If you haven’t already heard, it’s Odin’s twentieth “clinic birthday”! Help him help our patients by donating for his 20th Birthday Bash at our online fundraising site.
On August 15, 1997, an emaciated juvenile red-tailed hawk made its way to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Emergency fluid administration via an intraosseous catheter saved his life, and he came to be called “Odin”. With careful attention and diligent husbandry, Odin spent the following months healing and gaining weight and muscle.
However, as with any procedure, the catheterization that saved his life had its risks. An intra-osseous catheter is placed at the joint and goes into the bone marrow – in our most critical patients, this method is the fastest and most efficient method for pumping life-saving fluids into the body. However, if infected, joint problems are permanent and potentially fatal. In Odin’s case, his joint infection was caught early and was treated promptly, but resulted in lasting arthritis in the wing joint that permanently inhibited natural mobility. As hawks, like most bird species, require full range-of-motion in their wings for proper flight and, especially, swift hunting, Odin would never survive in the wild.
Meet Denver Holt: wildlife researcher, founder and president of the Owl Research Institute, dedicated field researcher, and subject of a National Geographic cover story.
Denver believes that long-term field studies are the primary means to understanding trends in natural history, and has spent the last 35 years studying owls in Alaska and Montana. Join us for an inspirational evening to hear about his incredible experiences and what he’s learned about owl ecology.
There will also be an auction opportunity to bid on a weekend at his field research station, working with and learning from him!
Read a National Geographic feature with Denver Holt here.
Sponsored by the Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois and held in the Large Animal Clinic Auditorium (LAC 100).
RSVP to our Facebook event here.