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The Purpose and Beauty of Birds of Prey

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Posted on March 11th, 2010 at 8:28 am

They are two of the most under-appreciated groups around -- birds of prey and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them. Find out what made Carol McCorkle and her husband change careers to educate us on the plight of raptors, and see how their Avian Reconditioning Center has become a big part of their outreach.

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  • Posted 10:03pm March 14th, 2010
    Great job, thoroughly enjoyed the video. 

    Our local nature center has a rehab facility, small.. but they do a lot with it.  Such wonderful birds.  Fascinating to watch.  Yes, they do have a place in God's order.

    Keep up the good work, we need more people with your enthusiasm.

  • Posted 6:03pm March 12th, 2010

    To Gremlin: 

    Whoever you are, you are so far off-base I’m surprised you’re able to sit in a chair properly. Vegetarianism has nothing to do with this - Even if it did, you can't seriously call yourself a vegetarian if the only animals you want to protect are the small cute ones.  

    Animals have roamed this planet long before we humans evolved and developed sentient thought, long before we gave a name to concepts like religion and vegetarianism.  Their basic instincts are eat or be eaten, kill or be killed.  Raptors aren't the only meat-eaters out there, and yet you target them as if they’re the only ones, as if they’re a pox on the world.  Regardless of species, you could never expect these creatures of God’s creation to change their habits, so you would just have them exterminated?  Going by your 'vegetarian' rules, it's as if you're saying, “Let's wipe out lions to protect the gazelle; Let's eradicate sharks to protect the fish, and while we're at it why don't we go ahead and take out those pesky Asian snow leopards that are hanging on!  That one will be easy, there's probably only about a dozen left in existence.” 

    Listen to what you're suggesting - Your misguided, self-righteous propaganda is encouraging the eradication of an entire order of animals - not just one species, not just one classification - but the whole order of Falconiformes, which would completely upset the balance of the entire natural world.  Isn’t vegetarianism completely against cruelty to animals?  

    This video was meant to introduce the public to an organization that goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure quality for, and enhance the lives of the birds they are committed to serving.  It was not meant to be a soapbox for you to spout your hate-mongering rhetoric.   

    To the Avian Reconditioning Center:  Thank you for all that you do.

    Illigitimus non corborundum: Don't let the idiots get you down.

  • Posted 12:21pm March 12th, 2010
    And God bless His natural order in the cycle of life...
    vegetarians are not the moral superior to ANY other species on Mother Earth.
    Thanks to the hawks and owls and eagles and kites and ospreys and falcons...they are Gods specials ones.

  • Posted 8:53am March 12th, 2010

     Dear pro attacking small helpless animals. You probably are not a vegitarian as I am and believe that all animals feel pain.Most of the problems on this earth are created by man, transporting animals from their native habitat to other lands because of their greed ,as an example pythons in the everglades,now I have to carry a flashlight when I step out the door at nite. My advice to you ,is check out goveg.org become a vegitarian and be as moraly superior to persons that consume dead animals as I am,I truly feel sorry for you. God bless you.



  • Posted 8:29am March 12th, 2010
    Thank you, GB, for this piece. 

    What an ignorant comment.  Raptors are incredibly important to our world, helping to maintain the balance of nature.  They are at the top of the food chain and as such they are a very effective marker in tracking the health of our ecosystem.  When raptors aren't healthy, it's safe to assume everything underneath them in the environment is suffering.  As predators, raptors help to keep nuisance species in balance.  Without hawks, owls, eagles, and other birds of prey, our rodent and insect population would be astronomical. They would quickly and readily wipe out crops, invade homes, and spread parasites and disease.  You can't drive five miles without seeing a kettle of vultures huddled around something that's been hit by a car - we don't have enough people to pick up the mess now, imagine if we didn't have vultures to help us out.  We are their only natural enemy.  We should be thanking raptors - appreciating what they do for the world around us and yet humans are singlehandedly responsible for the impact on their population numbers.  They die because we upset the balance.  They die because of human-made pesticides poisoning their food, their water, the environments they live in. They die because humans burn and cut down the trees they nest in to develop more roads, more buildings, more unnecessary treeless, picket-fence, deed-restricted golf course communities, resulting in the loss of their young.  They die because they are hit by cars trying to cross a superhighway in an attempt to find food.  The reason you only see them killing ringnecked doves and chicks in the henhouse is because we encroached on their territory and they are doing everything they can to adapt to an ever-changing world.  They were here first and one of these days, when they are extinct due to human indifference and overdevelopment, the invasion of human industry on what precious little healthy forest land they have left, maybe then you'll understand.

  • Posted 8:16pm March 11th, 2010

       Although these birds of prey once had a place in the balance of nature, now I believe they should become extinct because of the overdevelopment in the world. The only that I see a hawk of any type in my area is when the are attacking  and killing a ring neck dove  or baby chicken in the henyard. I believe a bird does more good than a raptor, they only will attack the weak  that are unable to protect themselves and fight back.  Buffy

  • Posted 3:37pm March 11th, 2010
    Great story guys.  You gotta love the raptors.  I was lucky enough to work with a red tailed hawk just yesterday.  I'm blessed that wildlife is my biz.   These people are heros and it's so important that you told their story.   Bill in DC.

  • Posted 1:16pm March 11th, 2010
    Great story and great work.  I have always been intrigued by raptors.

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