Monday, March 21, 2016

Injured falcon becomes educational ambassador

Herbert, a peregrine falcon, was born at our Valley Power Plant in 2004. He spent several years nesting at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, and will now live his remaining years as an educational ambassador at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Herbert was badly injured last year and despite months of rehabilitation – including surgery – he remains unable to fly. So now, Herbert will help raise awareness about his species, which remains listed as endangered in Wisconsin. 

Herbert was found injured in Wauwatosa last spring. Veterinarians at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center determined he had a dislocated elbow, but that wasn’t his only injury. An X-ray revealed a pellet embedded in his abdomen, which indicated Herbert previously had been shot but survived.

Scott Diehl from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center invited us to visit Herbert recently. The once wild bird of prey now can sit quietly on the gloved hand of a trainer. It took months of hard work to get Herbert to this comfort level. With a bit more work, we’re told he’ll soon be ready for his debut in educational programs at the Wisconsin Humane Society. He joins other resident educational ambassadors such as Picasso, an eastern screech owl, and mallard ducks, Sonny and Cher.

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