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I belong to the Northern Illinois Raptor Center (TNIRC) and one of the things we do is take our Raptors to events and educate the public the important roll these birds play in maintaining the ecological balance.
This event was the Hoffman Estates Celtic Fest
Great Horned Owl
All of our birds are rehab birds that cannot be released to the wild. The organization is licensed by the US Fish and Wild Life who also define the care and housing of the birds. Our purpose at this point in time is to educate the public on many aspects of the Raptor's roll in maintaining the ecological balance and the problems they have interacting with man. We teach our audience what to do and what not to do if they come across an injured raptor. We let them know that what they do with the bird may make the difference between whether or not they can be released back to the wild once they are rehabilitated.
Right behind our booth there was another activity going on that I had to share with you ...
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