Most of the injuries we see in our patients are caused due to an interaction with humans, and unfortunately it's the raptor on the losing end of that encounter. Thankfully we have a dedicated team of volunteers, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians to help get many of these birds flying again.
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!
Each winter when the weather turns cold and the local rivers and lakes start to freeze, bald eagles congregate in areas that still have open waters. Some of these locations are reliable from year to year, including along the Mississippi River at Colvill Park in Redwing, Minnesota. Each year, dozens of juvenile and adult eagles gather at this spot along the river where they are still able to hunt for fish.