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  • Title: Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc. - Home
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Volunteer.. Apply to Volunteer.. Donate.. Adopt a Raptor.. Educate.. Baby Raptors.. Raptors.. Owls.. Northern Saw-Whet Owl.. Barred Owls.. Barn Owls.. Eastern Screech Owls.. Great Horned Owls.. Hawks.. Red-Shouldered Hawks.. Red-Tailed Hawks.. Cooper's Hawks.. Broadwinged Hawks.. Harris Hawk.. Falcons.. American Kestrels.. Peregrine Falcons.. Vultures.. Eagles.. Bald Eagles.. Golden Eagle.. Kites.. Ospreys.. News.. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.. We rescue and release sick and injured birds of prey.. was formed to: Rehabilitate injured raptors, raise orphaned birds of prey, and increase public awareness about the importance of raptors.. Donate Now.. Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Support Raptor Rehab.. Supporting RROKI has never been easier.. Just shop at Kroger and scan your Kroger Plus Card! Here's how to enroll:.. 1.. Visit.. www.. kroger.. com/communityrewards.. 2.. Scroll down to find your location and click "enroll now".. 3.. Sign in to your online account, or create an account.. 4.. Find RROKI with our number.. 11323.. , or search for "raptor rehab", and click SAVE.. You'll start earning rewards for Raptor Rehab right away on qualifying purchases made using your Kroger Plus Card! Remember, you will need to re-enroll every August.. Thanks for your support!.. Kentucky State Fair.. Many thanks to all our wonderful supporters and friends who came to visit us at the  ...   group dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey.. We rely solely on the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of our supporters.. We take in between 250-300 sick, injured and orphaned raptors every year, and release over 60% back into the wild.. We count on the public to help get injured birds to us.. The birds may have been hit by cars, flown into windows, or gotten caught in barbed wire fences.. Although protected by state and federal laws, we still receive raptors who have been shot and poisoned.. The saddest cases are those young birds who have been "saved" by people and are now imprinted - they think they are people.. Those unfortunate imprints cannot be released back into the wild although there is nothing physically wrong with them.. They have a mental problem and don't know how to act like birds.. If you find an injured raptor, please call us at 502-491-1939 and leave a message if we can't get to the phone right away.. Rescue Line: 502-491-1939.. P.. O.. Box 206186.. Louisville, KY 40250-6186.. What's the News.. To keep up with the news from Raptor Rehab, or learn about our public appearances, go to the.. page, or LIKE us on.. Facebook.. email:.. kyraptors@att.. net..

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  • Title: Volunteer - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Volunteering: What is Involved?.. Why are volunteers so important?.. Raptor Rehab of Kentucky, Incorporated, (RROKI), is an organization devoted to the rehabilitation and care of injured raptors and the education of the public concerning a raptor's place in the ecosystem.. As a volunteer with RROKI, you will have opportunities to participate in education presentations, medical treatment of sick or injured raptors, and the care of birds used for educational programs.. Raptor Rehab is run by volunteers,.. entirely.. by volunteers.. There are.. no.. paid employees.. These birds need daily caretakers to prepare meals, feed and water, provide check-ups, medical treatment and physical therapy.. Every day, no matter the weather outside, we have to clean and maintain cages and crates and interact with the birds.. Some volunteers also go to pick up sick and injured birds from outlying areas.. Who can Volunteer?.. Volunteers must be 18 years old.. No previous experience necessary.. You must be willing to commit a minimum of 4 hours a week.. Hours are flexible -mostly weeknights and Friday/Saturday/Sunday mornings.. It's a dirty job.. Wear  ...   experiences.. The more interest you show, the faster you advance!.. The training regimen includes the following:.. Care of rodents (cleaning cages, feeding, and watering).. Maintenance of equipment (cleaning crates and perches, oiling jesses, etc.. ).. Record keeping.. General knowledge and specific biographies of education birds.. Care of raptors (cleaning areas, feeding, medical treatment and diagnosis).. Handling raptors.. Educational programs.. After training is completed, volunteers should be capable of daily care of raptors, as well as the presentation of individual raptors in an educational program.. You will be assigned to a regular shift (usually 5 hours), one day a week, which is compatible with your schedule, along with several other experienced volunteers.. We count on volunteers to work as scheduled or to find a replacement.. All volunteers should attend our monthly meeting on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 p.. m.. , at the Bon Air Library.. We hope that you are able to join us in our dedication to raptors, and that.. you.. become a part of the future of RROKI!.. Return to Top..

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  • Title: Apply to Volunteer - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Apply NOW!.. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our program.. By becoming a volunteer, you can have a direct effect on the care and well-being of birds of prey throughout the state.. We find the volunteer experience to be hard and sometimes frustrating work but it is also  ...   have ever had.. The real reward is when you release a bird that your nursed for months!.. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to print out and complete our.. volunteer application.. then mail it to the following address:.. Raptor Rehab of Kentucky, Inc.. Louisville, Ky 40250-6186..

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  • Title: Donate - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Your Donations are Important to Us!.. Raptor Rehab of KY is a non-profit, 501(3)(c) organization.. All donations are fully tax deductible to you, the donor.. We receive no funds from state or federal governments, and support ourselves entirely by your generous contributions.. If your company matches your donations, you can double your gift! Our volunteers and even our veterinarian donate their time.. However, we still need funds to buy mice and rats to feed the raptors, medicine for their treatment, electric and water for the building, and gasoline for the van.. It all adds up quickly.. Become a  ...   Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, and be invited to special events.. Donors at the Lifetime and Benefactors levels will be recognized on a plaque at the Rehabilitation Center.. To join, please download and fill out our.. Membership Form.. Thank you for your support of Kentucky's Birds of Prey!.. We also need non-cash items such as:.. gasoline cards (any amount).. plain copy paper (any color).. forever postage stamps.. Simple Green (cleaning solution).. paper towels.. laundry detergent or bleach.. clean, empty egg cartons (cardboard only).. Gerber's all-meat chicken or turkey baby food (to feed emaciated birds).. hand soap and sanitizer.. more volunteers!..

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  • Title: Adopt a Raptor - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Adopting a raptor allows you to directly contribute money used to feed, house and provide medical support for the bird you adopt.. These birds are a vital part of our education programs, and your support allows us to reach more people.. Adoption provides the following benefits, and are tax-deductible as a  ...   Photograph of your raptor.. Adoption certificate.. Biography and natural history of your raptor.. Recognition of your adoption in our newsletter.. Opportunity to make a scheduled visit with your raptor at RROKI.. Download our Adoption Form.. today for more information on how you can adopt a bird today.. Tidwell, Eastern Screech Owl..

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  • Title: Educate - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: We are Available!.. We offer educational programs all across the state of Kentucky, and beyond.. Our experienced educators will come to your location and present a program with our collection of live raptors.. We are accustomed to speaking to groups of any size or age.. All of our programs feature one or more of our birds, with a wide range of information about the specific bird and how it came  ...   the species.. A program with 4 birds will last one hour, while a program with 5 birds takes 90 minutes.. All programs are geared toward a target audience, with age appropriate information.. The fees from these programs are a primary source of support for RROKI.. Prices vary depending on the number of birds, and your distance from the Louisville/Jefferson County area.. For more information, please contact Program Director.. Eileen Wicker..

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  • Title: Baby Raptors - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: What to do if You Find a Baby Bird.. Eastern Screech Owl Nestlings.. Under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and State law, it is ILLEGAL for any person to injure or possess an indigenous bird, such as raptors.. Raptor Rehabilitation of KY, Inc.. , is licensed to rehabilitate injured birds by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.. An injured bird requires IMMEDIATE specialized care.. Any delay reduces the bird's chance for recovery.. Most veterinarians do not have the time, special facilities, or the practical experience to handle injured birds.. When birds leave the nest for the first time (fledge), they often do not have full flight capability, and spend two or three weeks on or near the ground, attended by their parents.. Please be a responsible pet owner and consider keeping your pet indoors during the sensitive nesting and fledging time.. What to do?.. If the bird you find is NOT injured:.. Be certain the area is free of any animal that can cause harm.. Especially, keep cats and dogs away from the nest site.. If you find a bird on the ground, carefully return it to the nest.. It is a MYTH that parents won't care for  ...   a small cardboard box by punching ventilation holes in the sides and top.. Gently place the bird on a towel and put the box in a warm, dry, quiet area.. DO NOT GIVE THE BIRD ANY FOOD OR WATER!.. Call your nearest DNR office or wildlife rehabilitation center.. Chicks require special care.. Do yourself and the chick you find a favor, and do NOT try to raise it yourself.. Chicks require special food at different parts of their lives.. Do you keep mice in your freezer? We do.. At a young age, these chicks can be imprinted on people who feed them.. In other words, the chick thinks it's a person, and does not know how to act like a bird when it grows up.. Imprinted birds cannot survive on their own in the wild even though there is nothing physically wrong with them.. At RROKI we place young chicks with an adult of the same species to be fostered, avoiding the problem of imprinting them.. When chicks are old enough to fly and learn to hunt, we give them live mice to practice on before they are released back into the wild.. We always try to release a bird in the same area where it was found..

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  • Title: Raptors - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Raptors of Kentucky.. One of Raptor Rehab's primary missions is to provide information and educational opportunities about birds of prey.. Our resident birds give us the ability to give the public first-hand exposure to these magnificent birds during our educational programs.. Each one has been rehabilitated sometime during their lives, but was deemed to be non-releasable.. In addition, our permanent resident birds also act as foster  ...   hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, vultures, ospreys and kites.. All raptors have excellent vision to find their prey, sharp talons to capture and kill it, and a sharp hooked beak to tear the meat into bite-sized pieces.. Some species are adapted to specific kinds of prey, while others may be generalists, eating anything they can find.. Click here to learn more about raptors, and our resident education birds:..

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  • Title: Owls - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Owls have fascinated man from time immemorial - to some cultures they are symbols of wisdom, while to others they are harbingers of doom and death.. Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye.. The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities.. Most birds of prey have eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting.. Great Horned Owls - larger female, smaller male.. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets as are those of other birds so they must turn their entire head to change views.. Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees, not all the  ...   their eyes.. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers".. Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.. Almost all owls hunt at night, but there are some exceptions, including some owls that live in the far north, where daylight is continuous in summer, and Burrowing Owls.. Another adaption for owls' stealthy hunting is their feather design.. The leading feather in each wing is modified with a serrated edge, and the rest of the flight feathers have softened edges, deadening the sound of the wingbeats.. The very soft and fluffy feathers of the owl's body also help to muffle the sounds of movement.. For most owls, the indigestible parts of their prey - bones, fur, feathers - are coughed up later in the form of pellets.. Naturalists can learn much about what owls are eating by collecting these pellets from underneath an owl roost and examining their contents..

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  • Title: Northern Saw-Whet Owl - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: The Northern Saw-Whet Owl is a very small, short-bodied owl with a relatively short tail.. They breed in northern coniferous and deciduous forests, using woodpecker cavities for nest sites.. They do migrate to Kentucky during the winter, however, especially the juvenile birds.. These owls hunt mainly at dusk and dawn, using the "sit and wait" tactic to drop down onto prey on the ground from low hunting perches.. When prey is plentiful, a Saw-Whet Owl will kill as many as 6 mice in rapid succession, without eating any of them.. The excess food is cached or stored in safe places and, in winter, is thawed out later by "brooding" the frozen carcass.. When food is plentiful, they commonly eat only the head of the mouse.. Adult mice are usually eaten in pieces in two different meals.. One owl was found dead after trying to swallow a large mouse whole.. They are called Saw-Whet because their call is said to sound  ...   brings food to her and defends the nesting area.. Incubation lasts for 21 - 28 days, and the young fledge in 4 to 5 weeks.. The young are card for by the parents for a few weeks after they leave the nest.. While she incubates, the female keeps the nest very clean.. When the young are about 18 days old, she starts spending the night in another hole, and then the dirt starts to accumulate.. By the time the young leave the nest, the nest cavity has a thick layer of feces, pellets, and rotting prey parts.. Ruby, our education Saw-Whet Owl, came from Michigan where she was hit by a car.. She has a detached retina in her left eye.. If she doesn't eat all her mouse, she hides the uneaten half in a corner above her door.. At the State Fair she perches right in front of visitors, who walk right by without noticing the smallest owl we have..

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  • Title: Barred Owls - Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.
    Descriptive info: Barred Owls are found in the Eastern half of the United States, where they prefer mature oak woods, stands of mixed hardwoods and conifers and swamps with a lack of underbrush, thick dense woods.. They are mostly sedentary birds, who form permanent pair bonds and have permanent territories that are defended throughout the year.. During courtship the male gives a wide variety of calls while pursuing the female, and then he will perch near her, raising first one wing, then the other, then both together.. Known as the "True Hoot Owl," the Barred Owl makes more different kinds of calls than any other owl in North America.. The most common call sounds like "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you allll?" and can be used to call in the owls.. Others sound like whistling, baying hounds, barking dogs, a human screaming in agony, cackling, yells and maniacal laughter.. Often many owls will begin calling in a pattern that resembles humans singing in a round.. Adult male Wild Turkeys will gobble in response to the hoot of a Barred owl as a warning for it not to attack its young.. Barred Owls eat a variety of small mammals, especially rodents, and a wide variety of reptiles, including frogs, lizards, snakes and salamanders.. They will also take insects, birds up to the size of flickers, Screech Owls and Long-eared Owls.. Sometimes they may wade knee deep in water to catch fish with their feet.. At RROKI, we always give young owls a chance to practice hunting before they are released by putting live mice in a big  ...   eye.. Barred Owls have begun expanding into the Pacific Northwest due to their dependence on old growth forests for nest sites.. The Spotted Owl is native to this area, and sometimes they interbreed, producing a "Sparred Owl.. " There is talk of shooting the Barred Owls to eliminate them in this territory since the Spotted Owls are declining in numbers.. Brewster.. Brewster hatched in spring, 1999, and came to us as a chick, so we placed him with Bo, our foster mom at the time.. It was soon noticed that Bo ignored Brewster, while caring for 3 other chicks.. His eyes, which should have lost their cloudy blue color when he was 2-3 weeks old, were still cloudy at 10 weeks.. He was examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist who determined him to be blind in both eyes due to congenital cataracts.. Federal law requires that blind birds that cannot find their own food may not be used for education and must be euthanized.. The RROKI volunteers were distressed at this, and the director gave the bird 2 weeks to find its own food.. Against all odds, Brewster managed to gain weight, a clear indication that he was eating.. Months later, it was divulged that the volunteers had been sneaking him food.. At a follow up eye-check, his vision had cleared slightly, and he truly was finding his own food!.. Brewster got his name from a "Name the Barred Owl" contest in our newsletter.. He now is a wonder ambassador for RROKI, and helps foster all the Barred Owl chicks that come to the center each spring..

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