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Raptor Days in Indiana: A Chance to Help Some Hoosier Birds

The Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center in Scottsburg welcomes you this weekend.

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.--If you've never seen a hawk or an eagle up close, you can do that during Raptor Days at Hardy Lake, this coming weekend. The money raised will go to support the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center, that helps rescue and rehab birds of prey.

It's the only public raptor hospital in the state, said Leslie Grow, a naturalist at the Center. It's located on Hardy Lake, near Scottsburg. 

"We may get a call from a patron out in the middle of a field at 11 o'clock at night, with an injured owl. And so, I'll make that run," said Grow, talking to Indiana Outdoors. She said the Center helps falcons, eagles, owls, and other large birds that are sick or hurt.

"Most of the time it's the public that finds them. Either they run into them with their car accidentally or they just happen to find them in a field."

That's when the birds go to the Center. If they can be nursed back to health and released back to their natural home, then they are. If not, the Center has another job for them.

"We also keep non-releasable raptors that we use in programs throughout the state," said Grow.

Grow said the Center serves the southern half of the state primarily, and birds that need attention in other parts of Indiana generally go to private facilities.

She said Raptor Days is a celebration of birds of prey.

"We do birds of prey programs all day, take our pontoon boat out, we have a silent auction and fund-raising breakfast, all to support the work we do here at Hardy Lake."

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