On Thursday, February 6, Matt Lopez and John Wade
rescued a Red-necked Grebe that had fallen from the
roof of the Sears Logistics Building at Gateway
Business Center in Columbia where they are employed.
On Friday, they contacted Judy Holzman of All
Creatures Great and Small. Eva and Augie Sunell
volunteered to pick up the bird and transport it.
Judy did not find major injuries; this was verified
by Dr. Williams, the veterinarian who examined it.
Other than very small scrapes on the bottom of the
feet, all the bird needed was water and food. The
grebe adapted quickly to life in Judy's bathtub
while being rehydrated and fed a fish diet. It
vocalized periodically (watch short [43MB] video
[256MB] video). By Sunday, it was ready to be
released. Grebes need a long stretch of open water on
which to run in order to become airborne. During this
cold winter, it was a challenge to find open water at
a shoreline. On Monday, February 10, Judy contacted a
ranger at Sandy Point State Park; that day a healthy
grebe was returned to the wild. The Howard County
Bird Club donates a portion of seed sale proceeds
annually to support Judy's work at
All Creatures Great and Small Wildlife