Lost bird California dreaming

All Taylor wants is to get home for Christmas. Or maybe New Year’s. His survival depends on it.

Taylor is a white-throated swift that was found floundering on a Coquitlam sidewalk on Nov. 4. He was underweight and suffering from trauma to his central nervous system when he was brought to the Wildlife Rescue Association’s care centre in Burnaby.

Since then WRA staff and volunteers have been nursing him back to health with hourly hand feedings. He’s regained strength and is ready to fend for himself again.

But white-throated swifts are native to central California this time of year, where there’s more food and others of his kind to hang out with.

So the WRA is hoping to raise $1,600 to help cover the cost of gas, food and lodging for the round trip drive to the town of Sebastopol, as well as wildlife export permits and border fees. When Taylor gets to his destination, he’ll be cared for by Native Songbird Care and Conservation, which will acclimatize him back into a local flock.

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