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.
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