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August 2008 Update
Dear Sky Hunters Environmental Education Supporters,
GREAT HORNED OWL
Sky Hunters’ was fortunate to have two very special Great Horned Owls in our care. The original Great Horned Owl was the first bird of prey that I trained and allowed into my heart. He was a very special bird from the start with a will to survive against all odds. He came in as a nestling from a golf course in Santa Cruz in April 1991. His nest had been watched by the groundskeepers for months until one morning when he and his two siblings were found on the ground under the nest tree; two of them dead and our guy suffering from secondary poisoning. Secondary poisoning is when an animal eats another animal that has been poisoned and the poison travels up the food chain. Sky Hunters’ owl survived the initial poisoning, but suffered neurological damage from the experience. He never learned how to fly and lost all of his natural predatory aggression. While this was disappointing because he was not capable of being released into the wild, this made him an excellent candidate for education and a most unusual Great Horned Owl in that he loved to be around people. Over his life time, he had been a wonderful ambassador: reminding people that our actions affect more than ourselves. As he matured, we realized that he had a calming effect on the wild, orphan Great Horned Owls that came in through our local wildlife rehabilitation organization. He acted as a surrogate parent for over 45 orphan Great Horned Owl chicks who were eventually released back into the wild. He would feed, brood, and provide an example to remind these babies that they were Great Horned Owls and not humans! In fact, Sky Hunters’ second Great Horned Owl was raised by this guy. He was much loved and will be missed by all who knew him. Our remaining Great Horned Owl will continue in his foot prints, but is currently feeling the loss of his friend and foster parent. I have posted a slide show up on the home page of the Sky Hunters website for all to remember him.
So, thank you all for sharing with our trials and tribulations, our success and heartbreaks. And, as the end of the year approaches, please consider Sky Hunters as you make your year-end contributions. Sky Hunters funding comes from presentations and from donors like you. Please dig deep and help us through this time of need. If you know of any store or organization that will provide a discount on building materials or will donate materials to a 501(C)3 non-profit, please let me know.
Thank you all,
Sky Hunters Environmental Education
Sponsor a presentation: click to download our form.
Your sponsorship of $125 per presentation can provide a classroom or organization of your choice with a Sky Hunters presentation. Your sponsorship can also be put toward our scholarship fund to help bring a Sky Hunters presentation to a school or group that may not be able to afford a presentation.
Sponsor one of our beautiful birds: click here.
Your sponsorship of an individual Educational Raptor helps provide food, medical care, and updates to housing for one of the raptors. Your sponsorship will help us care for these wildlife ambassadors and ensure the success of our educational programs.
Sponsor this Great Horned Owl - $250
This educational Great Horned Owl was born in 1991 and suffered secondary poisoning as a fledgling. He has a long history of being in the public eye and many people relate to his story. Annual food expense is approximately $700.
Sponsor this Peregrine Falcon - $200
This Peregrine Falcon was born in 1990 and spent 17 years in the wild before a wing injury grounded this bird. He has a wonderful history himself, and is an example of how humans can help make a difference. Annual food expense is approximately $720.
Sponsor this Red-tailed Hawk - $150
This educational Red-tailed Hawk was born in 2001 and hit by a car as a young bird resulting in balance problems. Annual food expense is approximately $500.
Sponsor this Barn Owl - $100
This educational Barn Owl was born in 2006 and fell from a palm tree nest at 2 weeks of age fracturing her hip. Annual food expense is approximately $550.
Sponsor this American Kestrel -$50
This American Kestrel was born in 2004 and hit by a car, suffering blindness in his right eye. Annual food expense $185.
If you can't support a full raptor sponsorship, think about paying for a quarterly or even monthly sponsorship of your favorite Sky Hunters raptor.
It take almost 6 full sponsorships to feed and care for our American kestrel for a year, but every month covered helps reduce our costs to keep our presentation fees down.
Build and put up a Barn Owl Box
Build and put up a American Kestrel Nest Box
Your tax-deductible donations are appreciated and may be sent to:
P.O. Box 342
Carlton, OR 97111