The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center and the 3M Foundation invite you to observe as rehabilitated birds are released back to the wild during the Fall Raptor Release this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The free and public family event will take place at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, Minn. Activities for the day will include: orchard rides, children’s activities and opportunities to meet The Raptor Center’s winged ambassador education birds. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the day’s events!
Four chicks – three males and one female – were banded today at 33 S. 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Many of you might know how important this building is to the peregrine falcon restoration project.
Two adult bald eagles recently “talon-locked” during a mid-air battle in Duluth, Minn. and crash-landed on the Duluth International Airport tarmac. While one bird was able to fly away, the other was severely injured and was taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.
Talon-locking is known to occur among eagles of the same sex during breeding territory battles and among male and female eagles during courtship.
The eagle cared for at The Raptor Center sustained puncture wounds from the second bird’s talons and is expected to recover.
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will release rehabilitated raptors back to the wild this Saturday, May 4 at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, Minn. The free and public event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with interpretative programming beginning at noon.
Event-goers are invited to meet some of The Raptor Center’s education birds and watch the release of other rehabilitated birds back to the wild. The all-ages event will have family-friendly activities including nature and craft projects available throughout the day.
Please bring used ink-jet printer cartridges to the event for The Raptor Center’s Recycling for Raptors program. Photography is allowed. However, for the safety of the raptors, no pets are permitted.
For more information, contact The Raptor Center at 612-624-4745. We’ll see you there!
Many diseases and infections come to humans from wildlife. So what are we doing to try to prevent the spread? Which animals should we be wary of…and why?
Defining the risk of the international wildlife trade is challenging, but the stakes for controlling the trade and mitigating its dangers will be critical to protecting humans from emerging disease.
Many organizations and some federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have expressed concern that pathogens entering the country through the wildlife trade could potentially make the jump to humans, morphing into something more troublesome.