Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 20, 2018

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JUST FOR BEST FRIENDS Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 20, 2018 

One weekend my husband and I decided it hadbeen far too long since the last time we‘d gone “outto country”, so we put everything else aside anddrove to Lake Matthews in Perris, CA to spend theday at the Animazonia Wildlife Foundation’s big catrefuge.

Animazonia opens the gates to their gorgeoussanctuary for public visitation & site tours on thefirst Saturday of each month. If you have nevervisited the Animazonia Wildlife Refuge or the LakeMatthews area for that matter, I highly recommendit. Steep, rounded rolling hills with huge boulders& dramatic outcroppings add remarkable beauty tothe wide open country as you wind your way uppassed the lake and you’ll enjoy the fabulous viewof Mount Baldy in the distance, to the north.

You’ll see herds of sheep on the hillsides andsmall farms along the way with horses, chickensand goats. But to me, the best part of the drivewas seeing numerous big birds soaring in the skyaround the lake and over the meadows. If you dodecide to take that drive, be sure to stop by and sayhello to the ladies who work so hard at Animazonia 
Wildlife Foundation. 

That month’s feature event at Animazonia, 
entitled “Raptor Release” was sponsored by theOrange County Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC) andpresented by veterinarian Dr. Scott Weldy, directorof the organization and owner of Serrano Animal &
Bird Hospital in Lake Forrest, CA.

Raptors, or birds of prey include owls, eagles,
falcons, condors, hawks, ospreys, kites, and 
vultures. They have strong grasping feet with sharptalons for catching and holding prey. Their hookedupper beak tears and kills their catch, and theirbinocular vision allows them depth perception forhunting.

Raptors are very important to our environmentbecause they help maintain the balance of natureby controlling the population of rodents, reptiles,
insects and other small wild life. Because of the 
important role they play in the balance of nature,
raptors are now protected by state and federal laws,
but if you ask me, their beauty and elegance alone isenough reason to protect them.

Well-known for his sincere heart-felt dedication 
to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned, injuredor ill birds of prey, Dr. Weldy brought with him 5raptors, 3 of which had been rehabilitated and wereready for re-introduction to the wild. The other 2were “Hank”, a gorgeous red tail hawk and 
“Gus”, a sweet petite screech owl. Both hadbeen rescued as youngsters and had spenttheir formative weeks as babies being caredfor by humans, so they came to know thehumans as their parents.

This phenomenon of nature is called“imprinting” and it can be the reason whysome wild birds in captivity will neverhave a chance to be released and fly freeagain. Dr. Weldy and the Animazoniastaff volunteers gave a very interesting andeducational presentation which was quitea treat, but the best part of the event was 


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Happy Tails 
by Chris Leclerc 

when the 3 raptors were released.

It was an emotional experience to watch themtake to the sky, after being in captivity for thetreatment & care that allowed them to become 
healthy enough to fly again. As each bird flew away,
I couldn’t help thinking they were being lifted up tothe heavens and given a second chance at life, muchlike the rapture we read about in the Bible.

All 3 birds had their own story to tell, from beingpushed out of the nest too early by a larger sibling,
to falling from the sky after coming into contactwith an electrical wire or some other man-made 
obstruction. All 3 had been rescued at a crucial 
time, when it was touch and go, life or death. Theywere the lucky ones who were found by someonewho cared enough to rescue them.

As I watched each raptor flying up into theheavens, it gave me new hope that wild creatures areway more tenacious than I sometimes think theyare. It is true that they appear quite delicate whenthey fly high in the sky and they can be renderedvulnerable due to habitat encroachment or various 
other causes of injury or illness, but the raptor isone tough bird that will not give up without a fight,
and that is yet another lesson learned from nature’swild creatures that I can live by.

If you should happen to come across an injured ororphaned bird of prey, please call the local AnimalControl Department, or contact OCBPC @ 949837-
0786 to report it. Do not attempt to care for aninjured or orphaned raptor yourself. Not only is itagainst the law to do so, but it may result in seriousinjury to you or the bird.

If it is necessary to handle the injured bird beforethe pros arrive for the rescue, use heavy gloves anda towel or blanket for easier handling. Grasp thebird on the sides, over properly folded wings andplace it in a cardboard box just slightly larger thanthe bird itself. It is important to keep a record of thetime, date and location of the capture.

Some raptors have been “banded”, meaningthey were in captivity at some point, and are nowwearing an ID bracelet that will provide importantinformation and a phone number to call. Be certainthat any baby bird you might find is truly orphanedbefore removing it from the area. It may have fledit‘s nest, but still being cared for by it’s parentsthat are not visible but nearby, in which case it ismuch better off being left alone. Show respect to allwildlife, and as always, love and let live! 

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Yogic Wisdom for 
Everyday Life 
Together yoga and

its sister science 

Ayurveda, provide 

a well-rounded 
solution to address the effects of stress. It’s an interestingpoint of view that empowers each one of us to live the lifewe want each day. Stress is not always out of our control.
Viewing through the lens of Ayurveda-- one of the world’soldest medicinal systems--stress has a significant impacton our vital energy reserve (Ojas) and causes a weakenedimmune system. 

Stress is primarily associated with Vata and Pitta Doshasor Mind-Body types. Kapha Dosha, made up of earth andwater, is literally “unmoved” by stress and tends not toworry, over-schedule or react quickly. So let’s focus on the 
other two. Vata-type (air & ether): Stress occurs throughanxiety, fear, excess travel, loss (relationships, jobs, etc.),
physical trauma, being worn out and energy depletion.
Pitta-type (fire & water): Stress occurs through anger,
intensity, deadlines, physical trauma, competition anddrive, and being burned out

Stress is inevitable. However, by knowing our owntendencies, we have one of the keys to reduce stress. Aplan for support and self-care can be planned in advance. 

Real Life Tips from LIfe's Instruction Manual 

I have declared 2018 to be the year for unapologetic,
joyful living. It feels so good to be joyful, and it isa choice, although sometimes we don’t recognizeour power to choose. Aspire to live joyfully every 
day. When I get up in the morning, I practicegratefulness, and then I meditate. Mindfulness helps 
me set the tone for my day. I remind myself throughoutthe day that while I cannot control other people orcircumstances, I have control over my responses. I 
can influence the conditions around with my attitudeand manners. Being kind just feels good.What couldyou do to welcome more joy in your life? Try releasing 
criticism and judgment quicker. Let go of anger and 
blame. When a thought comes to mind that does notgive you life, release it instead of pondering a contrarynotion. Holding a grudge is not healthy, it does moreharm to you than the other party. Set a goal to createhealthy boundaries this year. Do not engage in 
activities out of guilt. If you don’t want to participate 

If you identify with Vata-type stress, creating stability andregularity is most important. This can be done throughschedules, diet and rest. When things are always changingor “up in the air,” it creates fear and uncertainty which canexacerbate stress. 

If you identify with Pitta-type stress, creating calmand coolness is best. The key is lessening the intensityof tasks and thinking. Have you ever gotten a headachefrom thinking? That means intensity needs to go down!!
Restorative practices that facilitate the practice of letting goare essential. Restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and meditationare wonderful. 

A regular yoga practice does wonders for stressreduction. The body and breath receive nourishment whileour overall well-being also improves. Yoga gives us skillsto cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. There’s aseed of self-compassion and self-love planted each time wedo yoga. It teaches us that we are human and striving to doour best on this journey called life.

Ask questions and learn more about yoga, meditationand Ayurveda by emailing me at 

Keely Totten, Yoga Teacher, Mentor & Writer 

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