9-22-18  Ripple River Gallery fall open house.

Wild and Free was invited once again to attend the open house at the Ripple River Gallery and set up a booth to display information and items for sale from Wild and Free.  As part of the activities during the day W&F also releases any birds that have been rehabilitated and are ready to go back to the wild.  This year we had 3 ready to go, 2 Great Horned Owls and a Broad Winged Hawk.  There are also other activities taking place throughout the day.  Elizabeth Carls, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, took a group of interested people on a walk through the surrounding woods.

 

Mary, Jim, and Dr. Katie were there to help with the W&F part of the day.

 

Woodturner, Bob Carls, was on hand showing some of his work and also demonstrating how to use various tools.

 

Linda Forde demonstrated how to use a spinning wheel to make thread out of various kinds of fiber.

 

One of the most enjoyable things taking place during the day was the release of 3 raptors that had been rehabilitated by W&F and the doctors at the Garrison Animal Hospital.  Here's Dr. Katie getting ready to transfer a Great Horned Owl to Gordy who would do the actual release.

 

Gordy gives it a little boost and it's on its way.

 

Next up is a Broad Winged Hawk.  Isn't this a beautiful bird?

 

The people who do the actual releases are chosen by drawing a name out of a jar containing the names of all of the folks that signed up.  Here's Jill, the lucky winner for the hawk, giving it a good start toward being wild and free again.

 

Lyla is probably the youngest person to ever release a Great Horned Owl.  Dr. Katie helped her get ready and also made sure that both the bird and girl remained safe.

 

That's a big bird for such a small person to handle but everything went well.  Both the owl and Lyla were happy with the release.

 

Here are a couple of photos of Lyla's owl headed back into the wild.

 

If an owl could smile I'm sure this one would be grinning as it passed the observers.

 

Click HERE to return to the home page of Wild and Free.