Earth Day raptor releases
April 22, 2021
The Raptor Center

We are celebrating Earth Day this year with a series of raptor releases. We have a total of six birds ready to return to the wild today!

When the raptors in our clinic are ready for release, we want to get them out the door as quickly as possible. We don't hold them any longer than is needed for their healing and reconditioning. While we weren't purposely trying to align all their releases on Earth Day, we're excited that these events coincided as a way to celebrate!

Released birds include three red-tailed hawks, one adult barred owl, one adult great horned owl, and one young great horned owl.

Scroll through the photos below to see each of the six and learn more about their journeys:

An adult red-tailed hawk being held by a veterinarian
Red-tailed hawk in the arms of a veterinarian
Great horned owl 20-878 in its release box about to return home
Baby great horned owlet
Red-tailed hawk 20-858 prior to release
Barred owl peaking out of a box