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.
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.
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?
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.
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.