From the clinic
The late spring and summer months are commonly filled with stories reflecting unique challenges young raptors face once they leave the safety of their nests. In mid-August, the clinic admitted a young male osprey that fledged from its nest near a local gravel company.
Growing eagle populations and shrinking habitats have led to an increased number of reports of clashing territorial eagles. These mighty birds require many helping hands to recover from injury and illness. In early July, when two adult bald eagles had one such skirmish in the St. Croix River near Marine on St. Croix, Minn., a few key players helped save a life.
The Partners for Wildlife (P4W) initiative, aimed at improving animal welfare in wildlife rehabilitation, has just graduated its first cohort of fellows. Housed within The Raptor Center (TRC), P4W has worked to mentor rehabilitators and veterinarians, provide resources for rehabilitators, and create a professional network to achieve the most humane outcomes for wildlife.
Thanks to the generosity of Bob Wilder, the Raptor Center (TRC) has added a new, full-time staff veterinarian. Dana Franzen-Klein, DVM, MS, began in the role July 1.
In a typical year The Raptor Center see 120 young raptors which require TRC’s specialized care and treatment. The knowledge and experience our clinic staff and volunteers provide gives raptor babies the best chance of survival in the early and often most different months of their lives.
The Trauma Center received two birds, three weeks apart from within a block of each other on the same road in Stearns County. The Trauma Center rarely admits two raptors from the same area in such a short period of time.
When a Minnesota resident went to light a fire in her fireplace, the sound of a distressed bird in her chimney gave her pause. Suspecting the bird was an owl, she knew to call The Raptor Center (TRC) to perform a rescue.