When a raptor needs the doctor

Beautiful barred owl

Beautiful barred owl

I promised Karma some photos from last Friday night when we drove to the Baraga State Park to meet some raptors from the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehabilitation and Wildlife Center.

Barry was covering this story for his job at our local newspaper, the L’Anse Sentinel, before attending the Baraga County Fair.  We drove separately, met for dinner at the Hilltop Restaurant, then learned about a wonderful facility which assists injured wild creatures.

We discovered what happens when a raptor needs the doctor here in the Upper Peninsula.

Another view

Another view

Many of the raptors and other animals are nursed back to health before returning the wilderness.  The hawk and owls you see here cannot be released and teach the public about rehabilitation.

Red tailed hawk spreads wings

Red tailed hawk spreads wings

It was a bit challenging getting good photos underneath the pavilion without a flash (which may have scared the raptors) but a few turned out.

I find the eyes of these wild creatures most intriguing, don’t you?

Great horned owl eyes

Great horned owl eyes

The non-profit center is located in Gladstone, down in the southern part of our fair peninsula.  Founded in 2007, it serves the entire Upper Peninsula.  It helps to rehabilitate animals orphaned, poisoned, or with broken wings or legs.  One of the owls here was struck by a semi truck.

When you dress a little girl to look like an owl

Randy Bruntjens, the owner, wrapped up the program by offering to dress up one of the visiting children as an owl. Note the little girl’s talons–she’s wearing yellow sandals with claws!

Please visit their Facebook page for more photos and information.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these raptors up close.  We certainly did.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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22 Responses to When a raptor needs the doctor

  1. Brenda says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures! I love seeing hawks, eagles and owls ❤ It's such a blessing that people and places bring healing to these wonderful raptors ❤

  2. Barb says:

    I love the dressup photo! Rehabilitation of wild creatures is fascinating. I’d love to see an owl up close like that. PS Talked to Mary yesterday – I hear the UP is still pretty cool (at least by her).

  3. Karma says:

    Aw, gee thanks Kathy! Cool pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kathy — My sincere appreciation goes out to the Upper Michigan Raptor Rehabilitation and Wildlife Center for it’s incredible work. And thank you for sharing the wonderful photographs.

  5. Susan D says:

    What an uplifting post about these beautiful creatures … so glad the injured ones are in good hands. Amazing photos you got without the flash, Kathy! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Reggie says:

    So pleased to hear that there are places where these magnificent birds can receive good medical care, and where they can be looked after if they cannot be returned to the wild. Beautiful pictures, particularly of the owl looking straight at you – stunning eyes.

  7. bearyweather says:

    I love barred owls … thanks for the fun pictures.

  8. john k says:

    I wonder what was going through that owl’s mind while posing for your picture? Could it have sensed you kind spirit?

  9. lisaspiral says:

    We have a raptor rehabilitation center as well. These are incredible creatures to visit with up close. It’s good to know people care.

  10. I loved those big owl eyes! I will go over to their FB page and like. What a great service…

  11. Carol says:

    A few years ago we visited the National Eagle Center in Minnesota – Washaba, perhaps – where they rehabilitate injured Eagles. Fascinating and heartwarming.

  12. Bonnie says:

    I went to their fb page. I think that these rehab places are extremely important for our injured and orphaned wildlife. We have one in NS, near Halifax called Hope For Wildlife. It is a wonderful place. I have adopted a seal for this year, and they have two they are rehabing now. So special.

  13. Ally Bean says:

    Great photos. Love the owl with big eyes + beautiful feathers and the little girl with big “eyes” + a beautiful feather boa. They must be kindred spirits, don’t you think?

  14. Oh Kathy, I love the owl in the fourth picture! The expression on his face seems to be asking, “And just what are YOU looking at?”

    It’s a wonderful thing rescue facilities do, helping injured wild creatures to heal and return to the wild if they can. And letting the ones who can’t be set free have a chance to educate the people while being well cared for. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures!

  15. lucindalines says:

    Great to see these pictures. So sad the birds end up here, but glad they are saved. Loved the owl eyes!

  16. christinelaennec says:

    It’s so good that such places exist. A sign of humanity’s development, despite cruelty and wars? I really enjoyed a book called Wesley, written by a woman who adopted an injured owl who couldn’t be released into the wild. She had a very close relationship with Wesley – though personally I wouldn’t have fancied having to catch and freeze mice all the time to feed him!

  17. Janet says:

    Yes, the photo of the dressed-up little girl did look like the last photo of the owl. 🙂

  18. Heather says:

    I wonder why these cannot be released? Presumably they are still not well enough to venture out. Will they ever be?
    Your comment about the bird being struck by a semi made me feel bad. I just hate when we hit any living creature with our cars. I have enough ethical dilemmas about food. Killing something with my car just seems so pointless :-/
    Last thought: those shoes don’t look cozy, but they sure are cute!

    • Kathy says:

      I don’t believe these raptors can fly, Heather. Very sad. 😦 I cry every time I hit a bird or animal in the car. So very sad. On an interesting note, saw a wolf on our road this week. First time this close to the house.

  19. Robin says:

    They are such beautiful creatures. I had the good fortune to visit a raptor center in Ohio when we lived there, and at first I felt terrible for the birds that could no longer fly, but some of them seem so happy in their new home that it was difficult to stay sad. Plus they help to educate the public, which is a very good thing. 🙂

  20. sybil says:

    I love the big eyes on Owls. I wonder if we like them because they both face forward (like ours) and aren’t on the sides of their heads. It’s great that there is a rescue place there for injured wild animals. We have one here in Nova Scotia called “Hope for Wildlife”. Their adventures are documented in a TV show of the same name. I believe it’s on a channel called Oasis.

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