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Old 04-25-2009, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Raptor Recovery Nebraska

Nebraska has a fabulous network of trained licensed volunteers who, if you are unable to do so, will pick up injured or sick raptors (birds of prey).

Their toll free number for the western part of the state is 308-233-2695
In the east call 402-994-2009 - this is the home office and good for east or west.

Many raptor species chicks spend some time on the ground being fed by parents. Especially Great Horned owl chicks. Unless there is a determined threat by roaming dogs owl chicks are best left alone unless there are obvious injuries. Likely the parents are very close by feeding and protecting the owlets though you may not be aware that they are.

Here are some things you should do when you find an injured raptor:
  • Approach the bird from behind, if possible.
  • Cover the bird completely with a towel, blanket, jacket or any light-weight item.
  • Quickly restrain the bird under the covering.
  • As the bird calms down, gather the covering together, being careful to keep the bird covered completely. Be sure the wings are folded against its body.
  • It's the feet you must be careful of. Raptor bites are not likely to be serious. But talons can do serious damage to your hands, arms and face.
  • Transfer the bird to a well-ventilated cardboard box as soon as possible.
  • Contact Raptor Recovery Nebraska or the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission immediately.
  • Do not attempt to treat or feed the bird yourself. Many well-meant attempts have resulted in further injury or the death of a bird.
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