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Aldea Birding Group—October News

The Santa Fe Raptor Center Releases Red-tailed Hawk in Aldea

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

On September 22, the director of the Santa Fe Raptor Center, Lori Paras, and two volunteers introduced a group of fascinated Aldea residents to a Burrowing Owl, a Barn Owl, and a Swainson’s Hawk named George. We were able to respectfully get up close and personal with the birds.

These were “educational” birds that cannot be rehabilitated enough to be released back to the wild. Most birds that are brought to the center make a strong recovery and eventually are released. Lori is a great story-teller and her love and complete dedication to these birds was palpable.

Female Red-tail Hawk that had been rehabilitated after a car accident.

Female Red-tail Hawk that had been rehabilitated after a car accident.

The Aldea presentation culminated in a dramatic release of a gorgeous 1st year female Red-tail that had been rehabilitated after a car accident. Lori held the strong and feisty bird by the legs behind the community center, lifted it up and let it go. A loud collective “Ooh” rose up with the magnificent bird, and the crowd watched in awe as she soared and circled high above for a couple minutes before disappearing into blue.

It is not that common that there is a raptor release at such events. It was a rare gift. The Santa Fe Raptor Center does amazing work with Rescue, Rehab and Release. It is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Find out more and donate if you can.

Thank you to Lori Paras and her assistants, Lynne and Galaxy. And a big thank you to Allen Sims of the Birding Group for inviting Lori and organizing this event! We hope to do it again.

A Lovely Coincidence: A Prairie Falcon Spotted over Aldea

On the morning of the Raptor Event a Prairie Falcon was seen flying south near The Legacy. That was the first time that species was observed (reported) in Aldea and brings the official Aldea Bird list to 106!

If You Love Raptors Please Read This Article on Poison Alternatives

We’ve included this article several times but feel it is so important. Please educate yourself about alternatives to rodenticides in order to protect our hawks, owls, snakes, bobcats and coyotes! They are the natural rodent control.

Aldea is certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat.

You can contribute by certifying your yard with the National Wildlife Federation.

“The more you look, the more you will see.”

– Roger Tory Peterson, August 28, 1908 – July 28, 1996, naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator.

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