Rescuing Wiregrass Wildlife

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Teeth, braces, and retainers are the usual sight for Crowder Orthodontics’ employees. However, last week they spotted something different—a hawk in desperate need of help, peeking through their window.

"They knew that something wasn't right because this hawk would not be that social,” said Terry Morse, Director of Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitator.

The hawk had been shot several times. Fortunately, sanctuary owners Terry and John Morse were able to take him in and slowly nurse him back to health.

Terry explained, “We just need to get everything healed again, build up his strength, and I think he's going to be able to be released."

Yet, this amazing wildlife rescue is not the first for the couple. They have been saving animals for the past seven years. Last year alone, they rescued and released more than 150 animals.

Terry says most injuries in the animals they see are caused by humans. Instead of looking away from animals in pain, she says it is important to give them a chance.

"Wildlife didn't have a voice. You know, they just need a second chance instead of just laying there, dying on the side of the road,” she stated.

Volunteer Brian Carlson said, "It's very inspiring to see what they're doing. It's very neat to see the nature right here in front of you.”

Often times, hawks are perceived as vicious animals. Yet, this once injured bird now rests his head on Terry for comfort.

"We shouldn't allow an animal to just die because man has done something cruel to it,” explained co-director and wildlife rehabilitator John Morse.

"To see that hawk fly back in to its own territory, that's what it's all about,” said Terry.

Volunteers say the Morse’s passion is what keeps them coming back.

"The reason they keep going back is because of the quality of the people. And here at Big Bend Wildlife that's definitely it. The quality of the people is remarkable,” expressed Carlson.

Although the Morse's say they are grateful for their volunteers, they also say donations that keep their organization running are crucial. Remember to say thank you to those who help their sanctuary, but more importantly, help those injured take flight.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating to Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary, visit their sanctuary at 1034 County Road 445 in Enterprise. If you are under the age of 16, you need a guardian with you to volunteer at the sanctuary.

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