Wild Birds Unlimited in Milford hosted a Raptor ‘show and tell’ a few weeks back. Raptor, Inc. in Southwest Ohio brought and displayed a Great Horned Owl, Red Tailed Hawk and baby owl – not sure which type. Raptor, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, education and conservation.
(I’ll have to add the baby owl picture later – on a different camera that’s not home at the moment.)
Two interesting take aways – If you have any Raptor nest in your yard or neighborhood, contact Raptor, Inc. to let them know about it. If they are rehabilitating a baby owl, hawk or even a kestrel and you report a nest of the same type of bird, they may be able to introduce the young bird into the nest and back into nature. They said typically a mother will accept and care for it.
Second, USGS; Science for a Changing World is a federal government organization that tracks all bird banding. Although many entities band birds for research and identification purposes, you can call 1-800-327-BAND to determine when and where the bird was banded. If you do find a banded bird, it is important to contact the banding origin entity and report the status of the bird with respect to health and location. Doing so is vital to the bird research and conservation efforts of many ornithological labs as well as universities and government agencies.