Lula, Juneau, Ricke and Gladdie made the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus their own personal dining hall recently.
No, these weren’t students. The four are birds of prey, and were a part of a presentation by The Raptor Center (TRC), presented by the Plymouth and Wayzata Cub Scout Troop #388, the MSB-Plymouth Veterinary Technology program and the Plymouth Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
Attendees had the opportunity to observe the birds in an intimate setting, learn about their backgrounds, behaviors and species and watch the four polish off meals of mice and other various treats.
MSB-Plymouth graduate (and TRC Volunteer) Wendi Williams and Interpretive Naturalist Adam Barnett were on hand to present the program and answer questions about Lula (red tailed hawk), Juneau (peregrine falcon), Ricke (owl) and Gladdie (bald eagle) for the enthralled audience.
TRC is a branch of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in operation since 1974. The center rehabilitates and releases hundreds of birds every year and serves as an educational and environmental identification center for the preservation and health of raptors.
“Rehabilitation and education is our mission,” Barnett said. “If we can educate we will be there.”
The center hosts veterinarians and students from around the world, serving as the preeminent facility of its kind in the world.
Staff from TRC, located in St. Paul, travels to locations, corporations and groups throughout the Midwest, including stops in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois in the past year. The center gives approximately 1,100 classes and presentations every year, according to Barnett.
To see pictures of the event, go to the Plymouth Campus Facebook Page.