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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: A Lesson in Caring for Our Feathered Friends

The profile of the head of a great horned owl
Caroline Ebinger [Via Unsplash]

The Raptor Center has been in operation since 1974 and serves over one thousand injured birds each year. However, helping birds of prey can be seen as somewhat secondary compared to the 1,200 education programs that the center provides on an annual basis.

Victoria Hall, Executive Director for the Raptor Center on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, encourages the public to keep an eye out for birds in need, but not to intervene. "That is the role of wildlife rehabilitators," Hall says. During fledgling season, birds may appear injured, but human intervention can be harmful. "We need to leave wild birds wild especially if they don't need help."

If you come across a bird that you feel is injured, contact a wildlife rehabilitator to guide you through an assessment. Be prepared to provide a description and photos if possible.
Contact information can be found online for the Raptor Center and Wildwoods.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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