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When one tugs at a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world.

- John Muir, Conservationist

Hawk going in for the kill

Birds of prey, or Raptors, are regular patients in our hospital. They include owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons. These birds have strong talons, grasping feet, and curved, sharp beaks. They hunt live food or feed on dead carrion. Commonly seen owls through our hospital are Great Horned, Great Grey, Snowy, Short-eared, Long-eared, Saw-whet, Boreal, Hawk, and Pygmy. Hawks include Red-tailed, Swainson’s, Rough-legged, Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned, Ferruginous, and Osprey. We also see falcons, such as Kestrels, Merlins, Prairie, and Peregrine. Both the Bald and Golden Eagles are also accepted.