I had a weekend full of RAPTOR. Saturday morning, a bunch of us volunteers pitched in to help clean the house at the RAPTOR center. The house used to be a park ranger's station way back in the day, and now it is rented out to tenants who have the responsibility of feeding the birds every day. Well, the most recent tenants were, shall we say, less than clean? Or maybe I should say, had an aversion to cleaning? Or maybe I should say downright dirty slobs??? I saw it after it was halfway clean and I was still grossed out. The people who saw it immediately after the renters moved out said that it looked like in the two years that they lived there, the renters NEVER CLEANED ANYTHING. Case in point: The carpet made clouds when walked over...there were piles of dead bugs upstairs...It took Andi 2 hours to clean the bathroom...It took me 3 hours to clean the kitchen...The ceiling in the bedroom was falling down and had to be completely ripped out...Had enough? One more: there were mouse droppings in the KITCHEN DRAWERS.
Okay, on to brighter things.
Last night, I released a screech owl (see previous post)
Today, I got to be "Vanna White" with some birds at a program. Dave, the current education director did the talking and I held the birds. Oh, and on a related note: Earl is no longer my favorite. Dave asked which bird I wanted to load into the car first, and of course I said "Earl!". When I went in to get her, she was okay, but as I grabbed the jesses, she started attacking my hands (I had gloves on, but she freaked me out regardless). I got her back on a perch and Dave retrieved her. I went on to the kestrel (easy) and the Great Horned Owl (Sylvester, also easy...who comes up with the names for these birds?)
The program today was at Bass Pro Shops. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a store full of stuff for hunting, fishing, hiking, outdoorsy things. A great store, if you're into those things.
RAPTOR has a nifty new sign for presentations. If you look closely, you can see some folks who have become my favorite people. :-)