The necropsy for Russell came back “inconclusive.”  This of course makes Boss Man upset and irritable. :/
It is frustrating because this vet has done 2 others since I was last here and he got the same “inconclusive” result.

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The entertainment industry was saddened today by the news of a great stars death: Russel Crow.

NO! Not the Homo sapien Crowe, but the Corvus brachyrhynchos.

When Jennifer was weighing, she said Russel was acting funny.  I went to change his water and he was just sitting in the corner…on the ground, not a perch.  This seemed unusual to me as well.  We were practicing for the shows this week; Russel did his trick (taking a dollar bill from an audience member, taking to Ryan’s pocket, and returning it to the person), but he just held his food reward in his mouth = weird
Ryan was gone, so when he came back, we looked at Russel. Ryan said he was sick but didn’t know why.  Big Boss Man Steve took him to the vet yesterday, and they gave Russel some antibiotics in his food.

Jennifer told me this afternoon that Russel had died. 😦   We are hoping the necropsy will tell us something.

After a really difficult week of readjusting to the routine and the heat, I really needed a break.  Since it was Mom’s birthday, I thought about coming home. BUT! The family came to see me and go to Sunfest! YEAH!!! We watched the Frisbee dogs and got to hear Edgar Cruz play again (he came to play at FUMC once).  It was nice to get off the hill and have some fun and relax.

Sunday, I went to FUMC Bartlesville.  I had been there last time I was here and enjoyed it.  I was surprised when I arrived that one of the ushers recognized me!
Also, a girl I knew from The Wesley is their intern! It was nice to see a familiar face.
Ryan and his wife attend that church. Ryan invited me to join them for the church’s picnic that evening as well.  = FREE FOOD!!! 🙂

Here’s a life tip:  Power washers are powerful enough to take skin off your finger.  So be careful!
I was washing out hawk crates on Tuesday.
It’s also sad when you’re sweating so much that it looks like you sprayed yourself in the face with said power washer.

Wednesday was “Sweeney Todd Day” or what normal people call BOP (bird of prey) day. I will spare the weak-stomached the details, but we grind the food for some birds, so it’s a good way to practice my scissor skills.
Oh! And Ryan got me some left-handed scissors! I’m very pleased. They still make fun of me relentlessly, but it’s nice to have them.

Thursday: Our volunteer came today to help out.  It was REALLY HOT!!! We are setting up the stage to get ready for some shows next week.  It’s too hot and humid. Blah.

ticks embedded: 4
ticks loose: I lost count a long time ago
wasp sting count: 1
(…yeah…)

After graduating from OU, I returned to the George M. Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, OK to intern for their education program.  I was their intern summer 2008 and was excited when they asked me to return.

I will be helping with basic animal care and training.  Unlike last time, I will be the only intern.

I am staying in the little room again.

This year there are peach-colored walls and curtains. I’m standing at the door to take these pictures…yeah, it’s that small.  I sleep on a futon that is right next to the door (out of the picture).

I sleep in the “Chick Lab.” So named because it is where the eaglets were housed back when the Center was involved in eagle rehabilitation.

The players in our little adventure are:
Big Boss Man: the director of the Center
Boss Man: the education director/head trainer/my boss
Boss Lady: the second in command under Boss Man

Since I’ve been the intern before and have volunteered various times since then, they expect me to do really well this time around.  I didn’t realize how serious they were until Boss Man told me I needed to be ready to go at 6am my first day. WHAT?!
The eagle nest that the camera was on this season failed.  The center decided to move the equipment to a new nest site in Sand Springs. They also wanted to band the eaglets. They needed help and wanted to get up early to beat the heat… yeah right!!
Big Boss Man, climbed the tree. As humans are very large, the adults get frightened away, but continue to fly around the nest area; they will not attack the human due to the size difference.  Boss Lady and I were in charge of watching the nest from afar and following the babies when they fell from the nest.  As the eaglets have not fully fledged, they cannot fly well and will either fall from the nest right away, or be able to fly for awhile before falling.
The first climbed to the farthest point of the nest and fell close by. The third did as well.  The second one who left the nest must have been a few days older as it was able to actually fly farther.  I started to run after it, but once it flew over some trees, I lost it.  I knew it was going down near some warehouses. I was nervous the whole time we were looking for it that it was my fault that I’d lost it.   The boss at the place was willing to help us look around. He even got on the roof to look up there.  Thankfully he did because he was able to spot our eaglet in a tree right by the building.  It was funny because we had walked past that tree 3 or 4 times looking on the ground and talking to the workers about why we were running around.  The Vice Director of the Center and one of the workers got in their bucket lift so Vice D. could pull the eaglet out/down.
Afterward Boss Man banded all 3 and attached transmitters to the back of 2, we packed each into a duffel bag and hoisted them back up to Big Boss Man to return to the nest.

Here are the eaglets: two female and one male. The left and center ones have the transmitters.

Here is a size comparison of a researcher and the large female.