Owl Moon Raptor Center is Caring for a Bald Eagle - Montgomery Co MD

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Where do you take an injured wild animal such as a barn owl or a bald eagle to be treated ?  In Montgomery County we are lucky to have the Owl Moon Raptor Center, a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation center specializing in birds of prey.  

Founded in 2002, the Owl Moon Raptor Center  has been a licensed non-profit organization since 2014. Owl Moon is located in Boyds, Maryland at the home of its primary operator, Suzanne Shoemaker, and serves Montgomery and neighboring counties.

Owl Moon cooperates with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service, and local animal control offices and humane societies to answer calls concerning injured, orphaned, or otherwise jeopardized birds of prey. Owl Moon rescues, rehabilitates, and reconditions raptors with the goal of returning them to the wild.

Suzanne Shoemaker, the founder is a licensed Master Wildlife Rehabilitator (MD and USFWS), licensed Falconer (MD and USFWS), and current president of the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. She trained first as an Animal Scientist (AAS, University of New Hampshire 1975), and then as a Wildlife Biologist (BS, University of Massachusetts 1981, MS, Oregon State University 1986), and more recently as a Wildlife Rehabilitator (2002), Suzanne is an expert in animal behavior, ecology, and the adaptations of animals to their natural environment.

I recently heard about the Owl Moon Raptor Center when a bald eagle, probably hit by a car in Potomac Maryland as she was feeding on a deer carcass, was taken there to recover.  The young female bald eagle was seen walking in the woods by neighbors and was taken to the center by Montgomery County Animal Services.

The officer who rescued the eagle named her "Trust."  Happily, Trust is healing from internal injuries, but a fractured bone might prevent her from flying again, experts say. A checkup at the Bennett Creek Animal Hospital also found trauma to Trust's cranial air sacs from the impact with the car. While the experts think she can recover from this, it has affected her breathing. On Thursday the staff said there was no sign of bleeding in her mouth, which is likely a sign of healing.  In recent days Trust has eaten the venison, quail and fish given to her, which is a good sign.

According to a blog by Suzanneairline Shoemaker on Facebook, Trust seems to like venison most of all!

As you can imagine a center like this offers opportunities to volunteer your time and services and they also are always in need of donations of money and goods like sheets and towels, gauze and bandages, and airline approved kennel cages.

You might think that the DC metro area is only filled with traffic and hot air, but we have lots of beautiful land and green spaces.  There are places to have horses and raise llamas or partridges. If this sounds fantastic to you, give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 to ask about our listings that are a little bit of heaven!

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James Dray
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Good morning Lise.  With those talons I wouldn't touch those.  There is a private citizen who has the capabilities and has been approved by the State to take care of those animals.  Most people call her or the Game and Fish Commission.

Mar 11, 2016 08:28 PM #1
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Lise.  Such a awesome non profit.  I trust the eagle will be well tended.

Mar 11, 2016 08:38 PM #2
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Very nice shout out for the Owl Moon Raptor Center and the work they do.

Mar 11, 2016 08:50 PM #3
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We knew you weren't short on "hot air" of all flavors Lise Howe but glad to hear there are some warm hearts, gentle people and kind animal lovers in the mix :) !

Mar 11, 2016 09:36 PM #4
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I hope Trust will recover fully and maybe be able to fly again.

Mar 11, 2016 09:58 PM #5
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Lise Howe
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Gita Bantwal - I am surprised by how much attention Trust has gotten - I think everyone is pulling for her! 

Mar 11, 2016 10:03 PM #6
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Lise Howe
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson - You are so right! But Washington is really a good place to live - even with the politicians here

Mar 11, 2016 10:04 PM #7
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Roger D. Mucci - I hope that the Center gets some great publicity from taking care of Trust

Mar 11, 2016 10:04 PM #8
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Conrad Allen - since I am an animal lover I think this is an amazing place! 

Mar 11, 2016 10:05 PM #9
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Lise Howe
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James Dray - Isn't "Trust" a beautiful bird. The photos of the eagle and other birds of prey on the Center's facebook page are amazing! Makes you grateful for nature. 

Mar 11, 2016 10:06 PM #10
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Lise-I love that there are organizations like this to care for these beautiful creatures.  I hope that Trust continues to mend. 

Mar 12, 2016 08:47 AM #11
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Very nice post Lisa about Montgomery County, MD and The Owl Moon Raptor Center, and of course "Trust" the owl.  Yes indeed the greater Washington DC area is a wonderful place to live and play.  Thanks for sharing this story!

Mar 13, 2016 02:24 PM #12
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Mary Yonkers
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Thanks to non-profits like Owl Moon Raptor Center for care given to injured birds.  There are several in western PA, too.

Mar 13, 2016 11:06 PM #13
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We visited a couple of owl raptor centers when we were in Alaska last year. It really was fascinating seeing the owls up close. 

Mar 14, 2016 09:23 AM #14
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Lise

How fortunate to have a place like this in your area. Glad to hear someone found this eagle - hopefully she recovers!

Jeff

Mar 14, 2016 09:59 AM #15
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Lise

It would be interesting to see the bald eagle being cared for at the Owl Moon Raptor Center, Montgomery Maryland.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 14, 2016 01:02 PM #16
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Thank you very much for sharing this information. Have an outstanding week.

Mar 15, 2016 10:56 AM #17
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Lise love posts like this and I am thrilled to hear that the injured birds will be healed and saved from death....Endre

Mar 15, 2016 03:53 PM #18
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Lise Howe
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Endre Barath, Jr. - Like you I am a big animal lover - we have some good facilities here and I think they deserve as much publicity as possible!

Mar 15, 2016 09:18 PM #19
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Lise, the Owl Moon Raptor Center is doing wonderful work, and I'm glad you hightlighted them in a post.  

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