Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Carolina Raptor Center Returns Injured to the Wild – Video

Cecil Givens, volunteer explains how five dollars feeds the barn owl for two days.

Cecil Givens, volunteer explains how five dollars feeds the barn owl for two days.

Cecil Givens, is one of over 300 volunteers that contribute more than 15,000 hours a year helping to further the mission of Carolina Raptor Center as well as make it a better place for both birds of prey and the visiting public. The CRC is located just outside of Charlotte in Huntersville. On July 4th a bald eagle named Liberty was released after a long recovery from the center and is being tracked by GPS.

Volunteers at Carolina Raptor Center work in the raptor “ER” helping injured raptors become healthy enough to be released back into the wild. They transport with a raptor ambulance team and respond to calls by the public regarding injured raptors that need to be picked up and taken to CRC. The birds in these pictures have suffered injuries of one form or another. The Red-tailed Hawk is blind in one eye. Others have wing injuries or other trauma. As many as possible are released back into the wild following healing and repair of broken wings.

Givens educates the public about birds of prey and how they play a role in conservation as a docent volunteer or an exhibit volunteer. Other volunteers help take care of the many resident birds by cleaning cages, feeding them and performing health checks. They greet visitors in the gift shop as well as ring up purchases and are always in need of  help in repairing aviaries and performing other general ground maintenance. 

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.

Carolina Raptor Center’s environmental education programs complement North Carolina Standard Course of Study curriculum standards in North Carolina School’s educational system. Programs are available for all ages.

The educational programs reach approximately 40,000 students each year. Educators feel a responsibility to share their knowledge with the community in hopes of spreading their enthusiasm for raptors. Raptors are  at the head of the food web and are leading scientific indicators of a healthy environment. CLICK ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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