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Owls, Owls and more Owls!
Baby orphaned owls that come to our center every year may come in groups or as a single owl . Be it Western Screech Owls or Baby Barn Owls or Great Horned owl; they all have this one thing in common that they do. That is they will squish up together so that it looks like one big blob of a bird with more than one head. Why is this? Safety and warmth.

We currently have 3 Juvenile Great Horned Owls that have all come in separately, and when you enter their flight cage you see them up on the platform all together. They clack their beaks and let you know they are not friendly. To one another they are friendly as this helps them to survive. By sticking together they become a bigger, louder, scarier force to contend with. And they also keep one another warm as their parents are out hunting for them. It works well -- this sticking together for safety and warmth. Once flying, they may perch next to one another, but once released they are ready to go it alone and are fully equipped for a life of hunting and flying solo until mature enough to find a mate.



PO Box 32021, Santa Fe, NM 87594-2021               505-699-0455    

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West Nile Virus Grounds Eagle

Lori Paras was choked by tears as she described her first encounter with a young Golden Eagle she's caring for at the Santa Fe Raptor Center. "He just laid there, blind. There's nothing you can do, there's no medication," she said of the bird's illness, a West Nile virus infection. Paras, director of the El Rito based Raptor Center, spent long nights awake with the bird for two weeks, thinking she would lose him. But three weeks after he was discovered near Farmington, NM, he has pulled through and is on a path to recovery. Its an uncommon success story.

The Golden Eagle, Oro....a nickname from a volunteer, has soft, speckled feathers and yellow coloring on his feet and beak. He is suffering from West Nile caused encephalitis, swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Oro is continuing to recover and Paras is hopeful his sight will be restored and she'll be able to return him to the wild in the spring.

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