The physical reconditioning of a raptor patient like The Raptor Center’s snowy owl patient from Washington, D.C., prior to its release is an important step in patient rehabilitation. It must compliment the medical care provided and restore a raptor’s fitness to a level necessary for survival.
The snowy owl reportedly hit by a bus in Washington, D.C., in late January 2014 recently arrived to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.
For most animals, winter temperatures are weathered with ease. Feathers, fur and the like are built to withstand the elements.
Unfortunately for one local animal, a red-tailed hawk found in early December, a frigid plummet into the Mississippi River left him unable to cope with the weather. The raptor’s hind feathers were frozen together leaving him unable to fly.
Thought to have hypothermia and frostbite on his left talon, the red-tailed hawk was transported to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and is now recovering…
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!