Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Migratory Birds Permits Office Honors Rehabilitation and Education Efforts

June 15, 2012

The Service's Migratory Bird Manangement Permits Office presented Julia Ponder and staff from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota with an award on June 13, 2012 for their avian rehabilitation and education efforts. From left to right: Gail Buhl Larry Harrison, Rachada Weiland, Lori Arent, Rick Rottman, Deanne Endrizzi, Michelle Willette, Julia Ponder, Jason Mercado and Pat Redig. Photo by Amber Burnette of the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.

Avian rehabilitation and education is a critical component to the conservation and welfare of eagles and other raptors in the Midwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) Division of Migratory Bird Management Permits Office works with rehabilitators across the Midwest by issuing rehabilitation permits that authorize skilled and certified rehabilitation facilities to take from the wild or receive from another person sick, injured, or orphaned migratory birds for rehabilitative care. On Wednesday, July 13, 2012 the Permits Office presented staff from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota with a Service plaque of appreciation, honoring the facilities' efforts to rehabilitate over 700 raptors each year and conduct conservation education initiatives involving non-releasable eagles and other raptors.

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota recently answered the call to rescue an eaglet that was trapped in his nest near Hutchinson, Minnesota. Under the leadership of the center's Executive Director Julia Ponder, staff sprang into action and coordinated a multi-agency effort to ensure the bird was rescued and appropriately rehabilitated. The Service is grateful for both the successful rehabilitation of the eaglet and reunion with the eaglet’s parents shortly thereafter.

"It is through efforts like these, and the unpublicized work that is done at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota on a daily basis, that we are reminded that the welfare of our natural resources are in the stewardship of exceptionally talented and passionate people," said Service Regional Director Tom Melius.

The Service applauds the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota as a trusted partner for fish and wildlife conservation.

For more information about the Division of Migratory Bird Management Permits Office, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/MidwestBird/permits.htm or the work of the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, visit http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/.

Last updated: February 12, 2013