The goal of WoW (and any rehabilitation facility) is to treat injuries and release healthy raptors back into the wild. Unfortunately there are some birds, while otherwise healthy, have injuries that prevent them from being able to survive in the wild. A few of these birds are lucky enough to call Wings of Wonder their home and Rebecca Lessard their caretaker. There are currently eleven birds that have permanent homes at Wings of Wonder.
Here are some photos of most of those birds.
|Florence the Long-eared Owl|
|Eoin the Great-horned Owl|
|Zenon the Snowy Owl|
|Golda the Golden Eagle|
|Gilda the Eastern Screech Owl - Gilda shares an enclosure with Arlo (a red colored male Screech Owl). He was in their roosting box when we visited.|
|Jaeda the American Kestrel - Note how her left wing droops, this is a result of a broken wing suffered by falling out of the nest as a nestling|
|Pearl the Red-tailed Hawk|
|Another photo of Pearl|
We observed the majority of the birds through the mesh of their flight enclosures, but there were couple of cases where we were able to enter the enclosures with Rebecca and observe the birds closer. One of these birds was Ned the Saw-whet Owl. Like several of the other permanent residents of Wings of Wonder, Ned was hit by a car. This left him with a broken wing that did not heal well enough to allow him to be released back into the wild.
|Ned the Saw-whet Owl|
|Another shot of Ned|
Two of the birds provided a bit of comic relief during our visit. Rita Mae the Peregrine Falcon decided that she wanted one of Rebecca's work gloves while we were in here enclosure. A tug-of-war resulted between the bird and her caretaker. Finally the glove was exchanged for a stuffed animal.
|Rita Mae the Peregrine Falcon|
|Rita-Mae with the stolen work glove|
|Rebecca and Rita Mae vying for control of the stolen glove|
|Doolin the Turkey Vulture eating a snack|
|Doolin showing his bare head and iridescent feathers.|
To learn more about these wonderful birds check out their profiles on the Wings of Wonder web page and if possible make a donation to support their care. Also come out the see some of them on Saturday May 2nd at the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant.