Each year we see around 1,000 raptors in our specialized rehabilitation clinic. As we go into 2020, we reflect back on the many success stories of those birds rehabilitated and returned back to the wild. Below are a very small handful of the raptors that came through our clinic in 2019 and are now flying free again!
Our community of donors and volunteers support The Raptor Center's mission so we can rehabilitate raptors and continue our mission. Not only does philanthropy fuel over 60% of our work, but the time and commitment from supporters helps keep raptors flying free.
Wildlife rehabilitation is full of highs and lows, and while we wish we could save every raptor that comes through our clinic doors, the truth is that there are many hard decisions we have to make for the health and wellness of each individual bird. For those we cannot save, we strive to use their stories to inform our research and to educate others.
On Friday, October 18 we received a very surprising patient in our clinic – a nestling barn owl!
In all of The Raptor Center’s 45 years, we’ve never had a nestling barn owl admitted to our clinic. While barn owls are known to occasionally nest in Minnesota, there are very few reported nests as our state is just on the edge of their typical nesting range.