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Birds of Prey visit the Delevan-Yorkshire Public Library

The Delevan-Yorkshire Public Library hosted a presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Mark Baker on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. Mr. Baker brought nine live birds of prey, ranging in size from a small screech owl  and pair of American kestrels to a turkey vulture.

Mark Baker, who is associated with Hawk Hideaway, has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for more than 11 years. His initial contact with birds of prey started as a hobby; he is a licensed falconer and hunts with falcons and hawks.

As often as possible, Baker helps injured or ill birds back to health, and releases them back to the wild. In some cases, however, the birds have sustained injuries that would not permit them to survive in the wild. Rather than euthanize these beautiful creatures, he has given them a home and takes them to schools and libraries and various functions to educate the public on their life styles and habitats.

Mark’s menagerie also includes a goshawk, red-tailed hawk, barred owl, and a great horned owl.  He brought nine birds and talked briefly about them, as well as took questions from the audience. About 100 library guests had an opportunity to meet these magnificent birds, up close and personal.


Mark introduces the birds to the audience.


Director Gwen Bixby meets Blinky the Great Horned Owl


A young guest snaps a picture of Mya the Goshawk.

Some of the "standing room only" crowd that came to see the birds.


Ava, the Red-Tailed Hawk


Peregrine Falcon--part of left wing amputated because it was hit by a car.


Igor the Turkey Vulture


Gwen Bixby and Twilight the Screech Owl



Moonwink, a Barred Owl which is blind in one eye-hit by a car.

 

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