Lucite International’s (LI) Beaumont site is part of the Beaumont Industrial Complex, an 800-acre area located along the Neches River in the heart of a bio-diverse zone in southeast Texas, USA. Our Beaumont team share the area with a wide variety of wildlife drawn to the perfect habitat created by this marshy area.

The osprey, one of the largest and most distinctive birds of prey, is a frequently seen neighbor at Beaumont. Living along the Neches River, they make their living by fishing in and around the marshes.

An osprey, pictured carrying its prey in Texas, USA.

During routine inspections in September 2018, Sterlynn Cook, a member of Beaumont’s environmental team, discovered a female osprey in the fire water retention pond, sadly injured and unable to fly out of the water.

Sterlynn was able to retrieve the bird gently with the help of a wildlife loop pole and placed it into the back of a pickup truck. In the US, ospreys are protected under federal and state wildlife laws. Consequently, Environmental Manager, Derek Eades made calls to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for further consultation.

Concerned that the osprey may go into shock or cause itself further injury by struggling, the team were able to calm the bird by transferring it carefully into a darkened container. Derek said:

“The osprey remained calm and offered little resistance throughout the whole ordeal. It’s as though it realized we were there to help.”

The osprey, Lucy, after being rescued at Beaumont.

No local support services were available to attend the site, so Environmental Specialist, Kendra Derrick, drove the bird over 100 miles to Wildlife Response Services, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Seabrook, Texas where its condition could be assessed further.

Upon examination here, it was determined that bird’s wing and tail feathers had been burned by either a flare or hot gases during flight. Other than the damaged feathers, the bird was judged to be alert and in very good shape. The facility also named the osprey – Lucy.

The facility will be able to affix donor feathers to Lucy’s wings and tail to help keep her warm and improve her mobility whilst in her cage. In around six months, she is expected to shed feathers and grow new ones. At this stage, she will be brought back to LI’s Beaumont site, where employees will be encouraged to participate in Lucy’s release back into her home.

Wildlife Response Services is a non-profit facility that is able to operate on a donation basis. LI has followed its Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ‘KAITEKI’ principles for the sustainable wellbeing of people, society and our planet Earth by pledging to donate to help care for Lucy and other wildlife in need of treatment.

 

Thank you to Derek Eades, Environment Manager at Beaumont, for sharing this story with us.