Rehab experts struggle to return birds of prey to the air

We are fortunate to have excellent wildlife rehabilitators in both Santa Cruz and Monterey. Both sites list steps to take if you find an injured hawk, falcon, eagle, owl, or other bird of prey.

When Kevin Smyth fielded a harried call on a recent Sunday to treat an ailing red-tailed hawk, the Wayne County veterinarian rushed to the rescue.

The request might have annoyed other professionals who were off the clock and asked to take on what could be a lengthy process of treating an animal free of charge.

But Smyth didn’t pause. He’s among a handful of people across Michigan known as raptor rehabilitators — animal enthusiasts trained to aid birds of prey that are sick, injured, or unable to fly.

Source: Rehab experts struggle to return birds of prey to the air

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