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D.C. Snowy Owl Soars on the Wings of Science

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.

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Peregrine chick banding at 33 S. 6th Street

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.

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The Raptor Center helps repair wing 4,300 miles away

Here, the Red Kite patient is housed with a Black Kite Milvus migrans.

Recently, The Raptor Center’s veterinary resident from Spain, Dr. Irene Bueno Padilla, was a long-distance consultant on a raptor patient case.  We wanted to share this story of how the expertise she has developed while at TRC, combined with technology, helped a veterinarian and her raptor patient 4,300 miles away in Spain.

Dr. Bueno saw a post on a LatinVets forum, asking for advice on a patient admitted to a clinic in Extremadura, Spain.  Dr. Susana Sanchez Cuerda had admitted a Red Kite (Milvus milvus), called a Milano Real in Spain. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists this species as Near Threatened because it is experiencing a moderately rapid population decline, owing mostly to poisoning from pesticides and persecution, and changes in land-use amongst other threats …

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