Fall 2019

TRC and Medtronic collaborate to measure stress in raptors

The Raptor Center (TRC) is collaborating with Matthew Bonner, PhD, research scientist at Medtronic, Inc., on creating a physiological way to measure stress in raptors.

Max the match on November 14

Mark your calendars! On Give to the Max Day, the first $54,000 of gifts raised for The Raptor Center (TRC) will be matched by three loyal donors. These funds will be critical in helping TRC provide food, care, and world-class medical treatment to injured and ill raptors.

Promoting precision

 A minimally responsive great horned owl makes a significant turnaround thanks to a new syringe pump donated to the TRC

A rocky start

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.

Community effort saves bald eagle

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.

Raptor Spotlight: Palisade the Peregrine Falcon

Palisade was acquired through the generous support of a loyal TRC donor and purchased from Andy Weaver, a falconer who teaches biology at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minn.

Homegrown health

The Raptor Center partnered with St. Paul non-profit Mississippi Park Connection to plant trees in an effort to combat invasive insect species.

From capable caregiver to empowered rehabilitator

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.

Low dose, drastic effect

Recent research from TRC measures the danger of a popular pesticide, Imidacloprid, often used on soybeans grown around Minnesota and its affects on birds and raptors.

Susan Wilder Visitor Center welcomes guests

We are happy to report that the final phase of our visitor center assembly is complete. Our educational ambassador birds will now greet guests from their upgraded enclosures, which are full of natural habitat elements that provide the birds with enrichment and enhance the visitor experience.