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.
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