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    Posted February 6, 2013 by
    Mount Dora, Florida

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    Henry Tells Rotarians About Raptors

    Henry Owl of the Aviation Reconditioning Center in Apopka, FL, accompanied his person, Carol V. McCorkle, to explain the importance of raptors in our communities at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle.

    Henry, a European Barn Owl, explained that raptor nestlings are often found alone after their homes are trimmed or knocked down during their first season. Henry 'cautioned' the Rotarians to not trim trees late in the spring and to look for his friends in very small, hard to see nests. Even removing one palm frond can take out a nest tucked into the frond's trunk joint. If it is safe, try to return the infant to its nest if the little home is still inhabitable.

    Henry and Carol were accompanied at the luncheon by Callie, an American Kestrel. Together they warned the members to be careful with pest control products. One of Henry's friends died a wretched death a couple of days ago due to a rat being poisoned with standard rat bait. The rat was ill and the owl saw an easy, but deadly snack. The thing happens to many birds after eating mole crickets that have been poisoned.

    The civic leaders of the Rotary Club were excited and delighted about their guest speakers and snapped pictures every few minutes.

    The completely privately funded Avian Reconditioning Center is located at 323 West Lester Rd, Apopka, Fl 32712. More information on protecting and helping raptors can be found at http://www.arc4raptors.org and on Facebook. Help protect this important avian group in our biosphere by learning about them and getting injured individuals help.
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