Lynn's Journal

May 23 - May 29

Hoary Bat photo

Raining Raptors

The raptor count this past week was pretty amazing: 8 Barn Owls, 7 American Kestrels (most kidnapped), 6 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Swainson’s Hawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Western Screech Owls and 2 Great Horned Owls. Most of the raptors were babies, and about half of the babies were injured when they fell from the nest or crash landed while learning to fly.

May 16 - 22

Mother's Day Screech release

Owl Release Times Two

Truth really is stranger than fiction. The day after Mother’s Day we received a call from Washington Fish and Wildlife in Yakima. A man had captured an adult Western Screech Owl (we don’t know the circumstances) and given it to his wife as a Mother’s Day gift. …

May 9 - May 15

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Storms and Guns are Hard on Birds

The Red-tailed Hawk above was blown from her nest last week and is recovering from  an injury to her right hip.

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This Red-tailed Hawk fledgling ended up on the ground and was “rescued" by well-meaning folks. She is uninjured and about a week from being able to fly. …

May 2 - May 8

Frequent Flyer Miles

The Education Team added up the miles this past week traveling to Columbia Park in Kennewick for two days of Salmon Summit, then to Kiwanis Kabin in the mountains east of Pendleton for Pendleton’s Outdoor School, and finally to Moses Lake, WA for two programs at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center.

Apr 23 - May 1

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Raptors by the Dozen

Business is picking up at BMW. Admissions included eight baby owls: One Great Horned Owl, two Western Screech Owls whose nest tree was cut down, and five Barn Owls. Four of the Barn Owls went for a ride on a hay truck. The fifth fell out of its nest in a grain elevator, not once, but twice, fracturing its left scapula in the process. 

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