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Lessons from Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center: A citizen’s guide to helping the birds of Maine

Two loon chicks that were hatched at Avian Haven this summer. One parent was taken from the nest by an eagle and the other parent left and did not return. The eggs were brought to Avian Haven and now the two juvenile loons are at the facility, busy learning to catch live fish, preening and growing like the proverbial weeds.

FARMINGTON - Join us Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the North Dining Hall in the Olson Student Center at the University of Maine at Farmington for lessons from Avian Haven.

This presentation will discuss common reasons why birds are admitted to Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center in Freedom and what public citizens can do to help our local birds. We'll discuss the facilities and recent cases at Avian Haven. This year's summer admissions include orphaned and injured eagles, owls, hawks, loons, bitterns, herons, ducks, and many species of songbirds.

Speaker Laura Suomi-Lecker is the education and outreach coordinator and long-time volunteer with Avian Haven and also the Technical Director at Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District where she does a variety of bird-related programs.

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  1. Will the orphaned birds be released into the wild when they reach maturity? Chances for adaptation/survival?

  2. Thank you to Avian Haven, the University of Maine at Farmington and the Daily Bulldog. I am pleased to hear that Avian Haven will be here, giving this very important educational talk. They do such amazing work and are such a benefit to the birds in need.