July 26, 2013
Jason Jones of the Teton Raptor Center presented an hour–long program,
featuring four birds from the non–profit organization. The Teton Raptor Center
takes in injured, ill, and orphaned birds of prey year–round and provides
veterinary care and rehabilitation in an effort to return raptors to the wild.
Tuesday’s program included a Great Horned Owl, a Harris Hawk, a Saker Falcon,
and a Golden Eagle, which Jones brought out one at a time. With bird in hand,
Jones gave some background on each raptor and discussed its characteristics and
habits. A crowd of 180 people participated in the program, including a number
of children from day camps and organizations from throughout the community.
National Elk Refuge Facilities Maintenance Worker Amanda Soliday gave a search
and rescue demonstration with the help of her search dogs, Roscoe and Otis.
Soliday, Roscoe, and Otis volunteer with the Wyoming K–9 Search and Rescue
program, a nonprofit organization committed to training competent search dog
teams and assisting local, state, and federal authorities in search and rescue
situations. Roscoe and Otis, 8 year-old and 1 year-old golden retrievers,
respectively, have multiple certifications for different types of search work.
presentation, Soliday had children hide behind trees and bushes to demonstrate
basic search skills. The problems became more complex as Soliday hid other,
smaller items in the grass. Despite complications from a brain tumor, Roscoe
performed well and drew smiles and applause from the audience of 76 people. His
shining moment came when Soliday took a hat off one of the children, then had
the owner, along with three other children, step out onto the lawn. Without
missing a beat, Roscoe smelled the cap, gave a few yelps, and, after only a few
sniffs, ran directly to the hat’s rightful owner.
this week were sponsored by the generous support of the Grand Teton
Association, a nonprofit cooperating association that operates bookstores in
visitor centers and contact stations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Area.
The Association helps fund a wide variety of projects and programs for the
National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and the Bridger–Teton and
Caribou–Targhee National Forests. Proceeds from all sales are returned to the federal agencies
in support of art, education, and research.
This week, the
Grand Teton Association celebrates its membership week. Learn more about membership benefits.
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