Families gathered at Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings Saturday afternoon to watch The Raptor Center release hawks and eagles back into the wild.
It’s the place to call when a hurt bird needs help. The Raptor Center’s wildlife hospital has treated more than 16,000 birds during the last 40 years. Already, it’s helped 580 owls, eagles and falcons in 2014.
Jackie Fallon is a falcon fan. The vice president of field operations for the Midwest Peregrine Society was up before sunrise last week to make a trip along U.S. Hwy. 61 and check on several peregrine falcon nesting sites.
Bird lovers can get a close-up look at a pair of peregrine falcons nesting in downtown St. Paul.
In the 1960s, they were an endangered species, threatened by the pesticide DDT. But now peregrine falcons have made an amazing comeback.