Blue Ribbon: Hawks & Owls at the Fair
>If you missed this presentation...Wildlife Educator Cindy Page is back at the Fair this coming Friday (August 31) at noon, 2 and 4pm in the Veterinary Hall of Health (at the back of the DMV horse barn)
Most people only see Birds of Prey as specks in the sky, but in the State Fair Veterinary Hall of Health you can see them literallly at arms' length, and also learn how to identify them easily when they are flying up high.
"I think most people, when they see a really large bird, would love to know what it is," wildlife rehabilitator and educator Cindy Page tells us. "around Central New York if it has the V shape and is rocking, it will only be a Turkey Vulture.
Page has brought several hawks and owls (raptors) that have been rescued and will never fly again to her educational talks at the Fair's Veterinary Hall of Health. The birds may not survive in the wild, but their new mission is to educate---and show human visitors what it takes to help them survive.
Among the tips we heard:
A KESTREL is a small hawk, often seen perched on roadside wires. It tends to sit by itself, and the identifying style is its head bobbing.
A RED TAILED HAWK is one of the most common in Central NY. You see them soaring, and when the light catches their tail it's bright rusty red.
A TURKEY VULTURE soars with its wings in a 'v' shape (the angle is called the dihedral)
Birds of Prey can help us! Many eat mice and bugs...
We need to help them more: Many that appear injured but don't show obvious injuries are checked at Cornell, and show signs of being poisoned (from eating mice that have gotten rodenticides)
Cindy's other message: leave wildlife alone unless you see it is seriously injured (that includes baby birds, and baby deer, whose parents are often nearby.
If you need to get in touch with 'help,' a good place to start is www.animalhelpnow.com