When I took a pigeon with a broken leg to the wildlife rescue at the Nature Center (http://www.wrinm.org/enter.html) a couple of months ago, they had their rescued raptors out for show. I didn't get a picture of the kestrel (darn it), but I did get pictures of the great horned owl and the red-tailed hawk.

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Comment by La Fanciulla del West on July 22, 2008 at 8:59pm
For Jan:

Comment by Ron Da Bomb on July 22, 2008 at 9:18pm
Fanciualla, you rock.

I am by NO means a bird expert. My extent of bird watching is going out to Bosque Del Apache to watch the migration of the Sandhill Cranes.
Comment by La Fanciulla del West on July 22, 2008 at 9:34pm
All it takes is some sunflower seeds thrown on the patio and the next thing you know, you're having garage sales to support your bird habit.
Comment by nmmtnmama on July 24, 2008 at 11:37am
I want to make the distinction between Rio Grande Nature Center and Wildlife Rescue which is housed next door on the same property. RGNC is a state park and runs a number of educational programs, but I mostly think of it as a gateway to the bosque for newcomers (the paths were nice when my kids when were young). WRI is an all-volunteer managed and staffed non-profit organization that helps raise and rehabilitate wildlife that have been orphaned or injured. Summer is their busy season so they can't give tours, but in the spring they have an open house for people who would like to learn more about their work. They also use non-releasable wildlife for presentations to schools and other groups, including many public events (they are at the State Fair in the Natural Resources building one or two days each year). If you are interested in volunteering (endless rounds of putting food in one end and then cleaning up what comes out the other), WRI holds training classes every spring. Many dedicated volunteers have spent time and money to get their rehabilitator license so they can nurse the more seriously injured animals through long convalescences at their own homes. If you can't become a volunteer but believe in the work WRI is doing, please become a member and/or make a donation; volunteer help is free but animal food and supplies are not.


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