Youths, Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, save rare Osprey in Barbados

Bird’s mate never gave up. Soared above Graeme Hall every day calling for partner.

Wildlife caretakers released an osprey back into the wild this past week after it had undergone rehabilitation for injuries and malnutrition.

The osprey had been brought to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary by a group of youths.  The bird was weak, severely dehydrated and could not fly because of severe degradation of its muscle mass.  Dr. John Duckhouse, the consulting veterinarian for the Sanctuary began an immediate regimen of antibiotics and protein-rich fish diet.

The hand-fed diet consisted largely of sprats, a herring-like fish, beginning with 3 sprats the first day of the rescue.  The osprey was eating 16 sprats a day by the end of the rehabilitation.

The rescue and rehabilitation was managed by Sanctuary manager Barbara Garcia and staffer Paul Rochester.  While the rehabilitation was underway, the osprey’s mate continued to fly over the Sanctuary calling for its stricken companion.

The release was done from the Lakeside Lawn area of the Sanctuary.

As Sanctuary staff and wildlife experts watched, the bird flew down the little hill gathering speed as it then began climbing to meet its mate who was waiting high above over the lake.

The Sanctuary Cafe and Lakeside Lawn Now Open!

The beautiful and tranquil SANCTUARY CAFE and Lakeside Lawn of the Sanctuary are now open to the public on a limited basis. However, there are no tours of the rest of the facility, and all Interpretive walkways, Aviaries and Exhibits remain closed to the public.

Hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday, weekends are closed except for special events. The Lakeside Lawn and deck area is open for people to stop by and have a drink or a snack while overlooking the lake. A limited service Cafe is open onsite from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. As many know, the Sanctuary lawn and deck area is a tranquil and beautiful lakeside venue – it is a wonderful place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The facility is 100% accessible to physically challenged individuals who need wheelchair access.

Further Reading

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

BFP: One day’s work on Graeme Hall sluice gate proves 15 years of neglect by Barbados Government


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8 responses to “Youths, Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, save rare Osprey in Barbados

  1. Jinx

    Beautiful. Glad to know there are people who realy care about the environment and the living creatures in it.

  2. oh come on

    a bird vet named duckhouse lol 😉

  3. Nostradamus

    The “group of youths”should be commended for bringing the injured osprey to the GHNS for care.

  4. ac

    Such a warm and tenderhearted story. Kudos to the youth . It is obvious that they are in touch with issues that relate to humanity. Fours stars to them.

  5. permres

    Government, please take note.

  6. ac

    Ilove this story. I can’t help but to read it over and over again.The doctor and staff should also be commended. What a beautiful picture of a bird going to meet her mate. I love it!

  7. Moreofthisplease

    Such a refreshing story of Barbadians doing a fantastic thing. I do know the good Dr. Duckhouse and this is just one more act of kindness on his part to add to the long list. Well done indeed!

  8. ac

    The birds level of commitment is astonishing ! Which the same could be said for our politicians.