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Offline OpieK

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Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:37:58 PM »
The Orange County Bird of Prey Center started in 1986.  They were formed to:

- educate the community about raptors
- rehabilitate injured raptors
- release recuperated (recovered) raptors back into the wild

The center is staffed exclusively by volunteers to allow 100% of donations to be applied to the birds.



Today was my first day volunteering.  I learned how to clean the cages without frightening the birds.  They just did a huge release last week (27 coopers hawks, 14 barn owls, and several others) so there were not as many birds this week.  They told me this is a good thing when you are cleaning cages!  The first cage I cleaned contained two Turkey Vultures (one of the vultures is blind and a permanent resident) the other Turkey Vulture belongs to a local falconer who supports the center, and there is also a very shy Kite.


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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 01:42:05 PM »
March 15, 2014 - removed all photos of birds in mews - we have new code of conduct
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 01:51:21 PM »
The center has Cooper's Hawks, Red Tailed Hawks, Red Shouldered Hawks, Screech Owls, one Harris Hawk, Great Horned Owls, a Burrowing Owl and a Kestrel





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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 01:53:05 PM »
March 15, 2014 - removed all photos of birds in mews - we have new code of conduct
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 01:58:32 PM »
I got to help clean the Red Tail Hawk education bird cages and give them their food.  After we fed them, two of the education birds were brought out to be weighed.  "Dulce" is a falconer's bird, who came to the center with the name "Sugar." They decided that's not a respectable name for a Red Tail.










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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 02:02:00 PM »
This little guy is also an education bird, a Screech Owl named "Gus".  I found him hard to resist!






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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 02:13:52 PM »
Opieck What a great day for you, thank you for sharing!!

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2012, 02:56:04 PM »
And, thank you for being another pair of "helping hands!"  :heart

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2012, 04:28:52 PM »
Great job Opiek,  so nice of you to share your pictures and a little bit of their stories.    :ecsmile
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2012, 05:18:44 PM »
congratulations - and welcome to the wonderful world of rescue

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2012, 06:15:43 PM »
Oh, this warms my heart   :heart :heart   Thank you Opiek!
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2012, 05:58:31 PM »
Today I got to clean the large flight mew alone.  The hardest part is redistributing the gravel in the large space with a rake - takes a lot of muscle power.  This is the last thing I do before filling the water bowls and feeding the birds.  I fed Mr. Magoo, the blind Turkey Vulture, a treat - you have to carefully tap him on the side of his head with the "food" and wait until he captures it in his beak and then gets it in his talons.

After that job was done I followed along while Michelle gave a tour of the center, and I got some photos of the current residents.

Here is a list of them:

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2012, 06:02:11 PM »
There are two Great Horned Owls that have been at the center since they were quite small.  Wrong Way, one of the resident GHOs has taught them how to hunt, so they will be releasable.  They are about 4 months old right now.
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2012, 06:05:48 PM »
Normally the center does not take peregrine falcons, as they are excitable and tend to injure themselves in confinement, but we have five that are part of a court case and have been together for some time, so are ok to be together in the mew.
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2012, 06:09:50 PM »
The Coopers and Red Shouldered Hawks are housed together.  I can only see them through the peephole, as I'm not yet allowed to go into the mew - need more training until I'm ready...
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