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July 3, 2010 Update: A Deluge of Raptors!

July 3, 2010 Update: A Deluge of Raptors!

Credit: Sallinger

by Bob Sallinger


Posted on July 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:43 PM

K2 is just one of nearly three dozen raptors that are recovering at Audubon's Wildlife Care Center this week. May, June and July are always our busiest months. In recent days injured and orphaned birds of prey have been pouring in through our doors---a deluge of raptors! Their problems run the gamut of injuries that we typically see---just a small sample:

  • Coopers hawk and red-tails that have been illegally shot
  • Two  young kestrels raised illegally as pets
  • Barn owl caught in a chimney
  • Great horned owls, screech owls, barred owls, red-tails and peregrines that have been hit by cars
  • Family of barn owls transported away from their parents on a truckload of hay bails
  • Peregrine falcon injured by a dog
  • The list goes on...

Right now staff and volunteers are working overtime to take care of all the critters. K2 is now sharing his flight cage with two young red-tails and will shortly be jointed by a third. Our costs to feed and treat these critters is through the roof---food in particular is astronomical with costs ranging from $600-$1000 per week. Things are only likely to get busier in the next couple of days as we usually get a rush of critters during and after the 4th of July weekend.

For those wishing to help us take care of K2 and all the other injured animals, contributions can be made on our website (and it is possible to specify that funds go directly to the Wildlife Care Center.




K2 and Friend in Flight Cage


Young red-tailed hawk recovering from broken leg


Barn Owl found trapped in chimney

Still sooty after three washings!


Barn Owl Hit by Car Recovering in Flight Cage


Fledgling Red-tailed Hawk

One of K2's current companions


Great Horned Owl--Hit by Car

Soon to be released!


Young kestrel raised illegally by humans

We will try to teach him how to be a bird again!


Young Orphaned Barn Owls in Incubator


Barred Owl recovering after being hit by car


Western Screech Owl after being hit by car