Program gives new life to injured raptor class birds

HASTINGS, Neb (KSNB) - Over 500 raptor class birds have gotten a second lease on life in the state of Nebraska this year thanks to the Raptor Recovery Program through Fontenelle Forest.

Raptors are birds of prey, such as eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and turkey vultures. When one is found injured, the recovery program will sent volunteer transporters to bring them to their facility. After nursing them back to health, the birds are released back to the wild.

Denise Lewis, speaking on KSNB Local4 News at 11:30, says their program has helped 535 birds this year, putting them above their pace of last year's count of 600. Over 41 years, they have helped over 12,000 injured birds.

Lewis says they are always looking for volunteers and they can be reached at (866) 888-7261. They also can be reached through the Fontenelle Forest web site.