Sunday, February 6, 2011


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Years ago I was leaving Bowling Green State University after teaching a class. A group of students in the parking lot had gathered around a hawk of some kind, obviously injured and unable to fly. It turned out to be a Sharp-shinned hawk. I tossed a towel over it and took it to Back To The Wild. Within 6 months, director Mona Rutger (above photo) nursed it back to health and released it. Participants witnessed it soar away happy and healthy.

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Back To The Wild has nurtured thousands of birds back to health and then released them. Included on this list are Bald Eagles, Great-horned Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, Long-eared Owls, Short-eared Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-whet Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Ospreys, American Kestrels, Turkey Vultures, Great Blue Herons, and song birds galore!

We support Mona Rutger and her staff of volunteers.The goal of BACK TO THE WILD! is to develop awareness, appreciation and respect for the animals that share our natural world. Each year, the Center receives over 1,200 animals in need of help. Many are released back into their natural habitat. Unfortunately, not all can be returned; a few disabled animals are permanent residents and are used in educational programs to benefit other wildlife. Create A Wildlife-Friendly Yard urges you to support BACK TO THE WILD! To make a donation and to find out how you may help them out, click HERE.

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