Our time in Locust Valley was a period of tremendous growth for our organization and we outgrew our old home. We are currently in negotiations for a new long term home for our organization. While moving is always bittersweet, we are very excited for the future to come!
In the meantime, we continue to serve Long Island’s wildlife and citizens throughout our transition. We are presently operating our rehabilitation hospital in interim space in Huntington. Our ambassador animals have settled in beautifully to their new enclosures. While we cannot accommodate visitors at this time, we continue our education programming throughout Long Island.
Our contact phone and email remain the same. We can be reached at 516-674-0982 or [email protected]
Thank you for your continued support!
Every winter, our Hospital admits a large number of gulls! Often nicknamed seagulls because of their tendency to be found by the ocean, these highly adaptable birds are commonly found in different areas all over Long Island. The most frequent species of gulls admitted into care are Laughing Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls (pictured above), Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls.
Gulls are opportunistic feeders. They will eat almost anything! Their varied diet consists of fish, clam, oysters, insects, bird eggs, small birds, small rodents, and, of course, human food!
Most gulls are admitted to our Hospital after they’ve been hit by cars. For some, their delicate bones are shattered beyond repair and humane euthanasia is the kindest thing we can do. For others, if the bone is not too severely fractured, rehabilitation is possible. Based on the location and severity of the fracture, repair may be done by placing a secure wrap on the limb to immobilize it and keep the bones in proper alignment. Sometimes surgical repair is needed by placing pins inside the bone to hold alignment during the healing process. The amazing veterinary team at Animal General of East Norwich recently performed surgery to repair a broken wing on a current Herring Gull patient (see below). Gulls with fractured bones require at least 4 weeks of healing and then 2 weeks of physical therapy prior to release.
The other main cause of admission for gulls to our Hospital is entanglement with fishing line & fishing hooks. Fish hooks are often barbed and rusty–making it difficult to remove from the bird and highly likely for an infection at the puncture site. Gulls injured by fishing hooks need at least 1-2 weeks of pain medication and antibiotics while receiving wound treatment. Fishing line also presents a huge threat to gulls (and other wildlife). Whenever you are outside, you can help by picking up and throwing away fishing gear, balloons, and any other litter.
Please consider supporting the care of gulls by donating a supply item from our Amazon Wish List or making a monetary donation today!