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These nest mates were found grounded a few days apart on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho.
Often mistaken at first look for a red tailed hawk, a young Swainson's hawk was recently admitted for care to Birds of Prey Northwest. He had lost 50% of his body weight and was near death when good Samaritan Mark Powers found him.
The nest had been destroyed, leaving these two with nowhere to go. Because they were several weeks from fledging, or taking their first flights, they were recovered by University personnel. The young owls were then placed in the aviary with our foster parent great horned owls at BoPNW. This prevented imprinting on humans for food. Once flighted, they were successfully returned to the area they had been recovered from.
Often mistaken at first look for a red tailed hawk, a young Swainson's hawk was recently admitted for care to Birds of Prey Northwest. He had lost 50% of his body weight and was near death when good Samaritan Mark Powers found him.The hawk has since responded to critical care treatment and will be moved to an outside aviary to continue recovery.Quick Fact: Swainson's hawks migrate to South America in the winter and because they eat grasshoppers, we are affectionately calling this patient "Grasshopper" while he is here!Posted by Birds of Prey Northwest on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A very rare encounter -
a Great Gray Owl.
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Meet some of our rescues and non-releasable ambassadors:
Meet Striker, a Northern Goshawk. He is one of our resident ambassadors here at Birds of Prey Northwest. Goshawks are amazing ambush raptors - watch this short video to hear Janie discuss some of their habits and features!
The Osprey Project
The South Dakota-Idaho Osprey translocation project included biologist Dr. Wayne Melquist from the University of Idaho and volunteers from Birds of Prey Northwest. The goal of this four-year endeavor was to re-establish a viable population of Osprey along the Missouri river in South Dakota by transferring young Ospreys from abundant nests in Idaho.
These transplanted youngsters were gathered, weighed, banded, and vaccinated while in Idaho. Once transported to South Dakota, satellite-tracking transmitters were attached to some of the birds and they were placed in large, screened-in boxes atop towers where they were fed and cared for.
Once flying, the birds continued to return to the tower for food until they learned to catch fish on their own. It is during this time that they imprinted on their new surroundings, increasing the likelihood of returning to the same area when they are old enough to nest.
In August and September, Ospreys migrate south to warmer climates closer to the equator, where they remain until two years of age. Satellite transmitters allow scientists in Idaho to track their movements during migration and in the wintering area.
Dakota the golden eagle fell from his nest site in southern Idaho at a very young age in 2013. After time spent at a vet clinic,
and then with a rehabilitator, he had too much human contact. This is called “imprinting” and is irreversible. The bird cannot relate to his own kind and thinks that food comes from humans; this rendered Dakota non-releasable. He was sent to Birds of Prey Northwest for training as an educational bird and has now joined our team, where he often impresses the audience with the entire splendor that is a golden eagle.
The Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction Project
Once protected by the U.S Endangered Species Act, the peregrine falcon has recovered in many parts of its North American range. This is due to educating the public, reintroduction, and a reduction in environmental contaminants.
Peregrine falcons once nested in the Black Hills of South Dakota. South Dakota Game & Fish Parks led an effort to reintroduce peregrine falcons starting in the inner-city of Rapid City, SD during the summer of 2011. This state endangered species received a boost in its recovery under the guiding hand of raptor biologist Janie (Fink) Veltkamp, who coordinated the reintroduction. Peregrine chicks were purchased from falcon breeders throughout the United States to make the move. Until they were ready for release, they were fed and cared for at the reintroduction site for approximately six weeks and releases were staggered by age groups. Each falcon was marked with metal leg bands, red color leg bands and temporary, non-toxic paint to allow identification at the release site, and in the future.