Thursday, June 21, 2007

Update on shot Peregrine

I spoke with Don Gibson of the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) on the phone this morning to get an update on the injured Peregrine. The falcon is holding on but had to have a small part of its affected wing surgically removed. If it survives it will become an educational embassador bird, but it will never fly again.

Amazingly, Don said that the injured Great Horned Owl (from the sad story below) quickly adapted to perch sans feet and has become a foster parent for an orphaned owl at the center. He said the adult both feeds and talks to the young owl. During a typical year, REGI rehabs 300 to 400 birds and has had release rates as high as 70%. Please consider making a donation to help them rehab these injured birds.

Link: Update from Wausau Daily Herald

Link: Interview with Marge Gibson (Daily Herald)

Peregrine Falcon image © 2007 Mike McDowell

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