Sunday, June 21, 2009

Views of raptors

Yesterday Laura and I had a really great visit to the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo, Wis. Not long ago I wrote a story about some of the nonprofit group's activities, and was offered a tour by Marge Gibson, who runs the place.

REGI rehabilitates injured birds found in the wild, everything from hummingbirds to bald eagles. Most of the birds are rehabbed and released, but sometimes that's not possible -- if the bird's injuries are permanent, or if they are imprinted to humans. In those cases, REGI usually keeps them as education birds.

Here are some of the birds we met yesterday:

This baby bard barred owl liked to play with Kleenex:

Peregrine falcon Ozzy was not happy to meet us.

These bald eagles were recovered from the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill:

Marge Gibson with a Great Horned Owl named Bumpy:

And a bald eagle imprinted to humans who we got to meet close-up:

More: I've posted these and some other pics to my long-dormant Flickr page.


Anonymous said...

It's "barred" owl, for the bar-like markings on their chests and wings

Rob said...

Thank you, fixed now.

Nicole said...

What fantastic pictures!!! That owl picking at the Kleenex did me in.