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Post by Hollis on Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:14 pm

I went in to interview today for a volunteer position at a place called "Wild Wings." It's sort of a refuge for birds of prey that cannot be released for one reason or another. It went great, and I start next Saturday. Smile

AND look who I got to see up close... http://www.wildwingsinc.org/store.asp?pid=15313
She's gorgeous and giant. The director took me into her enclosure. I didn't touch her of course, but it was amazing just being that close to her.

I also went to see these guys... http://www.wildwingsinc.org/store.asp?pid=15315

Also... http://www.wildwingsinc.org/store.asp?pid=15312
I met Shasta (same name as my dog, but pronounced differently). He doesn't have down feathers, so he stayed inside.

So once I start, I could get to start handling the birds in 2-3 weeks, once they get used to my being around. Starting with the kestrels and the snowy owls (who are sooo cute) and then working my way up to the hawks, etc. I'm so excited to start!


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Post by BlueAngelExotics on Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:33 pm

Congrats.I would love to work at a santuary.I love Athena

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Post by jungleflockmom on Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:19 pm

I volunteered when I was in my early 20s in the educational dept of the Oklahoma City Zoo. We used a beautiful red-tailed hawk in the programs and she was lots of fun to handle.

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Post by Tortiebaby on Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:47 pm

That's so awesome!

You must be so excited!!!

Take lots of pics for us! Very Happy

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Post by Usha77 on Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:52 pm

I am so excited for you, Hollis! Very Happy

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Post by Nina on Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:57 pm

That is wonderful!! Thank you for the link, too. All of the birds there are gorgeous, I can only imagine how they look in person!
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Post by Raquel on Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:41 am

Congratulations, Hollis! hug
What a wonderful opportunity. Can't wait to see pictures and hear your stories.
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Post by Glider_Craze on Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:06 am

THAT is AWESOME!!!

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Post by Chris R on Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:33 am

Im a big chickenchit when it comes to birds of prey! Rescue/rehabbed/released back to wild a couple of baby barn owls and one burrowing owl adult that was hit by car but other than that, I try to stay away because they can sure pick up on the fear! Good for you! Enjoy!!

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Post by sherri on Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:04 pm

That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. I just love birds of prey! The bigger the better.

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Post by Hollis on Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:07 pm

Thanks everyone. Smile I can't wait for Saturday now lol.

And I will definitely take pictures whenever I get the chance! Especially once I get to start handling them... y'all will get tired of seeing me with big birds on my arm. Laughing

I was just in awe when I got to get so close to Athena. She kept clucking at me.
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Post by Hollis on Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:54 pm

I started on Saturday, and most of that day was spent cleaning and just learning how things work there. I learned how to read and fill out all the charts, and I fed too.

Today, my second day there, was AMAZING!!

I met Tara, the bobcat, and I got to pet her for awhile. She is such a sweetie, she was purring so loudly when I was petting her. Smile

I also started handling birds already! Today I held 2 screech owls (one of them I held twice), a red-tailed hawk (twice), and a great horned owl. Before I left, I hand-fed Zeus, the male golden eagle.

love I love this place already, and I can't believe I got to handle the birds on my second day! Plus, everyone else who works there is really nice.

The director took some pictures of me holding the hawk and the GHO, so once she sends them to me, I'll put them up here. Smile
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Post by Usha77 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:06 pm

Awesome!!! Can't wait to see the pics!

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Post by sherri on Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:27 pm

That is so great! I can't wait to see those pics too! And you got to pet the bobcat! That sounds like the most awesome volunteer work there could be. What more could you ask for, birds of prey AND big cats! Too cool!

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Post by Hollis on Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:19 pm

It is Sherri, I love it so much! By far my favorite job, paid or volunteer.

Here are some pictures. I think this should work, but if not, let me know.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=89648&id=534882728&l=fa79e
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Post by Glider_Craze on Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:01 pm

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Post by sherri on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:05 pm

Amber is HUGE!!!! She looks like she could eat YOU!!!!

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Post by Usha77 on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:19 pm

Wow!

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Post by jungleflockmom on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:09 pm

Congratulations, Hollis! What a great start. The director obviously could tell that you are very responsible and had a great feeling about you and your judgement.

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Post by Hollis on Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:33 am

sherri wrote:Amber is HUGE!!!! She looks like she could eat YOU!!!!

Haha yeah it was crazy going from a tiny little screech owl to a RTH! But that's nothing compared to the eagle I fed... so powerful! One of the guys there is working with Zeus (the male) to get him used to being handled. I can't imagine having him gripping my arm. Shocked
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Post by Hollis on Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:46 am

Thanks Dee. Smile
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Post by Melindakay on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:00 pm

Wow...I'd be in heaven!!!
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Post by Nina on Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:33 am

That is amazing! I am so jealous! Thanks for the pictures!
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Post by Hollis on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:05 pm

Just an update... so far I've held:

2 screech owls
American Kestrel
Red Tail Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk
Barn Owl (I absolutely LOVE her even though she is such a pain - always wanted to fly and constantly bating)
Great Horned Owl
Saw-Whet Owl
Long Eared Owl
Crow

And I love them all. It's so cool getting to know their personalities and what they like and don't like. And some of those stories are incredible (either their survival or the horrible things humans did to them or both).


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Post by Usha77 on Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:29 pm

Awesome! Very Happy

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