Tour the raptor center

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By Kirsten Laskey

This organization and its birds have made numerous appearances in Los Alamos.

The Santa Fe Raptor Center staff and birds visit local schools, the farmer’s market and library. Now, it’s Los Alamos’ turn to visit the raptor center.

An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The raptor center is located at #32 Jacinto Road in Santa Fe.

“Basically people will be able to see the raptor housing,” Laura Swartz of the raptor center said.

Additionally, participants can meet the center’s education birds, or birds that cannot be released into the wild, and view the birds that are in rehab.

The event is free. “We just want to acquaint the public with what we do,” Swartz said, “and that we are rehabilitation for injured or orphaned wild birds of all kinds.”

The center provides aid to birds in numerous areas, not just Santa Fe. “In fact,” she said, “one of our education birds was bit by a car in White Rock.”

The nonprofit organization was founded in 2004 and during that time it has had a 50 percent release rate. “It’s actually pretty good for rehabbers,” Swartz said.

Currently, there are 24 raptors in the center; however, Swartz said the population changes hour to hour.