BPRC News

News from The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center


BPRC in the News

BPRC recently released a Red-tailed Hawk Oak Point Park in Plano. This bird had been found by Central Expressway with an injured wrist. After treatments and physical therapy he was ready to go. Channel 4, 8 and CW 33 showed up for the return to the wild and it was a wonderful flight. He landed in the top of a tree and checked out his new surroundings for quite some time. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/collin-county/north-texas-rescue-releases-hawk-back-into-the-wild/312073846

BPRC has received more than 300 patients this year and will be building additional flight cages this fall to handle a larger patient load next year. If you would like to donate to the construction  of these flight cages, please email us at info@bpaptorcenter.org or call Erich Neupert at 972-442-7607

 

Photo by Stephanie Seaman of Plano Profile

Red-tailed Hawk gets second chance!

BPRC received a Red-tailed Hawk that flew through the methane flame of an incinerator at a local landfill. Unfortunately it melted all its flight and tail feathers and fell to the ground. After examining the bird and giving it time to recuperate, BPRC imped a full new set of feathers. Imping is the process of taking salvaged feathers from another bird (same species/size), cutting the damaged feathers off and gluing the new feathers in place.  This bird was flying soon after the process was complete and passed Mouse School!  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and help raptors in need.

Red-tailed Hawk being examined. A new set of feathers have been imped in place. Exercising with other Red-tailed Hawks in flight cage before release.

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Construction under way of flight cages

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BPRC continues the  construction of small flight cages for Eastern Screech Owls and American Kestrels.

We are looking for volunteers interested in helping build these cages!

When completed, there will be 8 intermediate cages, to help acclimate and give the birds minimal exercise, and 4 flight cages for exercise and Mouse school training before release. In 2016 we received more than 145 Screech owls and 40 Kestrels. This caging will make our process much more efficient. If you would like to donate towards the construction of these cages or want to volunteer for construction please email us at info@bpraptorcenter.org. To follow our progress, click here to go to our construction page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Lucas Fire Department

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Thank you to the Lucas Fire Departmentfor their support of BPRC and all they do for the community. We had a great time meeting everyone! This is Fire Chief Jim Kitchens with our Executive Director Erich Neupert and Peregrine Falcon, Xena.

Observation Deck Going Under

If you’ve followed our last couple posts, you’d see the Lavon Lake continues to rise. Our observation deck became a boat dock, now it is going under water! Don’t forget June 6th is our Kids fishing derby at BPRC!flood3

Ribs n Raptors Fundraiser postponed

Ribs n Raptors Fundraiser postponed due to rain. We have had to postpone our event this Saturday, May 30th due to the amount of rain we have received the last couple of weeks. We will be announcing a new date soon and hope those who registered will be able to make it and new friends can join us! The water is still rising!flood2

Lake Lavon Rising at BPRC

Lavon Lake today. 2 months ago it was about 100 yards out from our observation deck. If it goes up a little more than three feet it will be the highest on record for the lake. It’s holding close to 200 billion gallons of water right now.flood1