Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TRC Taiga and Merlins

Taiga the merlin (photo J Fischer)
Taiga, our winged ambassador merlin, is anticipating her meal today! 
In 2001, Taiga was probably heading to the southern United States or possibly even Central or South America when she was found in Mankato, Minnesota, unable to stand or fly. She was admitted to our clinic with a suspected spinal injury, along with other injuries.  She is now a part of our education winged ambassadors team.  Her story is here.  She is also a part of our Adopt a Raptor program.  Adoption gifts help feed, house, and provide medical care for these education stars, who because of extensive injuries cannot be released back into the wild.

Merlins are falcons that can be seen in Minnesota.  Here is a link to our TRC species page.  The Minnesota Ornithologists Union has a site where you can look up the occurrence of a species in Minnesota, by county, and by season.  Here is a merlin occurrence map for spring.
Merlin occurrence map for spring


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