Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I Wonder . . . What does Peregrination Mean?

For those who follow our social media, Maxime the bald eagle usually helps with our "I Wonder" series. Today, we felt Artemis the peregrine should ask, "I Wonder . . . what does peregrination mean?"

noun: Traveling from place to place, also a course of travel, especially on foot.

From Latin peregrinari (to travel abroad), from peregrinus (foreign), from peregre (abroad), from per- (through) + ager (field, country). Ultimately from the Indo-European root agro- (field), which is also the source of agriculture, acre, peregrine, pilgrim (a variant of peregrine), and agrestic. Earliest documented use: 1475.

Banded peregrine falcons through the Midwest Peregrine Society work ( have been documented "peregrinning" to Guatemala, Costa Rica and other countries.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TRC 1000th Patient of 2016 Released Back to the Wild

Dr. Dana Franzen-Klein with patient 16-1000
The 1000th raptor clinic patient of 2016 was released back to the wild. This hatch-year great horned owl was admitted over the Thanksgiving holiday, stuck in a chimney. It had been mildly dehydrated, with some abrasions and soot on both carpi (wrists).

Clinic staff cleaned off the soot on the feathers, so the bird could not ingest or inhale it. Broken feathers were replaced with ones that had been salvaged from previous patients, and it was test flown to make sure there were no other concerns.

Dr. Dana Franzen-Klein, who rescued the bird, released it near the site it was recovered.

Here is a video of the release