Twenty-five years ago, a veterinarian friend of her’s “challenged” her to care for an injured red tailed hawk. Openly nervous, she took up the challenge. A biologist by training, she had never worked with birds and was not sure. But she fell in love with it, then agreeing to care for three to five birds. That first year she nursed 12 back to health and, well, one thing led to another.
“That required another flight pen, another base for medical supplies and caging. One thing led to another and it just kept growing. The saying is so true. When you build it they will come ,” said Rebecca Lessard, .
For 25 years now, Rebecca has been watching over the birds of prey that fly our northern skies.
If they are injured or ill she and her volunteers nurse back to health eagles, owls, hawks, falcon’s, osprey, harriers and vultures. And when they are healthy, it’s always a thrill to release them back to the wild.
Her compound has varying sized pens to house and rehabilitate the various sized bird.
How can we help? One way is to slow down when driving if you see a raptor eating road kill. After a big meal, they are going to be moving a little slower, and might not get out of your way.
“They will gorge and eat as much as they can,” said Rebecca. “So now they have increased their weight substantially. It’s more difficult to get air-born when cars are coming.
Wings of Wonder puts on 170 lectures state wide every year. This year they hope to spread their wings with a more public location to help educate the public. So they are looking for the suitable sight.
Rebecca also asks to watch those poisons when trying to kill rodents.. That’s a raptor food source and it can kill the bird too.
“Improve your habitat for certain small raptors. Build nest boxes, which we have on. It has plans for nest boxes. You can download it for free. Attract those raptors to eat the bugs and mice and chipmunks in your yard!”