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Offline Faerie Gardener

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2012, 04:13:51 PM »
I spent an amazing morning visiting REGI in Antigo, WI today. The autumn colors are stunning, but the Raptors and the Educators are Awesome! The center has a new bunkhouse for interns and it's a good thing, because it has been a busy summer. There were many cases of West Nile Virus and the ever present Lead Poisoning, but they have a large group of young eagles nearing release! Here are a few of the buildings at the center:
Songbird Building:


Clinic and Bald Eagle Flight Cage:


Resident Bald Eagle Enclosure:


Newly built Bunk House for Interns:
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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2012, 04:25:43 PM »
There are some wonderful resident educational ambassadors at REGI. They are not releasable due to a variety of problems, including some with permanent neurological damage from West Nile Virus.

A Gorgeous Golden Eagle who is blind in one eye due to an injury:


Two HUGE female Alaskan Bald Eagles. They have bonded but did not arrive together. The one on the right is at least 30 yrs old and was the most badly oiled bird from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill! The staff said the Alaskan birds are much larger than those found in the Lower 48.


A beautiful Broad Shouldered Hawk, who should be migrating to Argentina now but will stay here instead:


More to follow!!
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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2012, 04:28:50 PM »
fantastic Fraerie!! A Question... In the first section of photos is that hawk on the stacks of rocks real?????

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2012, 04:34:51 PM »
There are several Ravens and a lot of Crows, who entertained us during our visit. The crows have their imitations of the Owls down Pat!  Here are a few of the Owls they are imitating:

A Barred Owl (A silent stalker - he can fly right past his prey and not be heard, due to a "fringe" on the edge of his feathers!)



A Long Eared Owl who has neurological deficits, as a result of a bad case of West Nile Virus)


and my personal favorite, the Saw Whet Owl. Do you see him?
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2012, 04:38:22 PM »
YES, Cali!! He is a Peregrine Falcon, and they pointed out to us that he was very comfortable with us there, as evidenced by his relaxed pose, one foot pulled up against his tummy, as we have seen Mum and Dad Hornby do!


"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #35 on: September 25, 2012, 04:45:47 PM »
Here are a few more pics of the Saw Whet Owl, who was born this Spring. His nest was inside of a tree that was felled  :ecsad

His siblings all died, and he had a head injury, actually had a saw cut off the tippy top of his skull, but he survived under the care of these magnificent people!







He just recently moulted his feathers and looks completely different than he did when he arrived at the center.



"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2012, 04:55:16 PM »
Just a sampling of the other resident ambassadors:



A silhouette display on a fence:



And the Entrance!


This is an inspirational group of rehabbers. They are hard working and successful. The blog and facebook page are fun and educational. They do have a wish list! Some of the tour attendees today had brought frozen meat for the birds, and they mentioned that deer hunters are asked to save the deer hearts for the Bald Eagles!

I loved one recent entry on their Facebook page: A new book for children written by a rehabber, called "Poems For The Unloved" - and the cover features none other than... A Turkey Vulture!!!
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2012, 05:01:29 PM »
 :thumbup: Wow what a positive experience Fraerie!!  Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos and information!  :eclove

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2012, 06:55:42 PM »
What Cali said. :heart Yay Regi & all rehabs!

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #39 on: September 26, 2012, 01:56:06 PM »
Yesterday when we visited, the staff told us they were in Full Release Mode and they were almost giddy with excitement! It proved to be a great evening for Owl releases-a calm night. Some Great Horned Owls were released by the family that rescued them, and a barred owl was released. They have some photos on their Facebook page.
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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2012, 02:08:14 PM »
Faerie, thanks so much for the great pictures from your visit - REGI has quite a compound there.

I too follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RaptorEducationGroupInc?ref=ts

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2012, 11:35:18 PM »
What a wonderful visit you had Faerie - and the photos you shared make me feel as if I were there too - thank you!

Did you also have lovely Fall colors on your trip?

Love,
Opie

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #42 on: September 27, 2012, 06:20:37 AM »
Thank you for sharing your experience at REGI with us Faerie!  Great photos!  What a wonderful facility!

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #43 on: September 27, 2012, 12:26:25 PM »
Yes, OpieK, the colors are lovely there this week - the best photo I got of it is this one:



More to come in the near future!
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

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Re: REGI (The Raptor Education Group)
« Reply #44 on: September 27, 2012, 04:32:16 PM »
this looks like a Fabulous place- thanks for sharing all the great photos and descriptions