In January, Susan Ahalt visited the office of a veterinarian in Cody, Wyoming holding a bald eagle that couldn’t fly, which she found in a ditch. After carrying out some blood tests, it was discovered that an undesirable lead poisoning resulted in the bird’s demise. Ahalt just couldn’t hold back her emotions even after over three decades helping birds in need.
For a long time, Ahalt has been in love with animals, but not until her relocation to Cody where she saved a little starling that her special love and devotion to birds came.
I decided that I would have to name him a magnificent name because he was such an ugly little thing, so I named him Rex. He was just a joy.Susan Ahalt
She runs the Ironside Bird Rescue Inc. singlehandedly since 1987, which happens to be one out of the state’s three rehabilitation facilities for wild birds. Susan Ahalt is well-recognized in the region, due to her great work.
People don’t know my name; they just know me as the Bird Lady.Susan Ahalt
This nonprofit facility features a hawk, eagle, and owl barn, coupled with a confined area for birds to fly. Without funds from the federal or state, it survives on donations, grants, and volunteers. Money could become tight, especially when there are about 170 birds present.
Ahalt seems to worry about life for these birds, as well as other birds that fall into this category, after her retirement because of a lack of local facilities available for injured birds. Hopefully, someone else this passionate about birds will have to take it up.
You can’t just take a bird into your house and say you’re going to fix it; I have no idea what’s going to happen.Susan Ahalt
Featured image source: Rebecca Noble