Visiting The Gabbert Raptor Center

This week, I went to the Gabbert Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. I went on a guided tour and learned about many different kinds of raptors. Some of them were injured and stayed at the center for a little while; others were there because of human imprinting. Human imprinting is when an animal loses their natural fear of humans and therefore, cannot be returned to the wild.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

At the beginning of the tour, they brought out an female American Kestrel. It is North America’s littlest falcon. It was pretty cool seeing a kestrel up close where in the wild you can’t see them as much. An interesting fact about the kestrel is that it can see ultraviolet light. This means it can see other animal’s urine trails from far away.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

I saw two Bald Eagles while I was there. The one on the left is a male adult and fully mature. And the one on the right is a female juvenile.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

This is a female Northern Harrier. It was refusing to take a bath when I was taking pictures of it. I have never seen a Northern Harrier before so it was cool to see one.

Whoo’s there
Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

I also saw a Barred Owl there. I have a post about Barred Owls that you can check out on my blog.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

They had two Great Horned owls there, which was amazing to see. The Great Horned is the largest owl in North America. The horns on the Great Horned owl are not really horns at all, they are actually just tufts. Great Horned Owls aren’t all the same color and size.

Credit to Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

When I was leaving the center, they brought out a red-tailed hawk, who was screaming a lot.

For more information about the raptor center and it’s birds, press the link.

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Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens, 50mm Lens

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