I recently visited the wonderful Ojai Raptor Center, in Southern California. Raptors are really important because they maintain nature’s balance by helping control animal populations. If raptor prey such as mice, rabbits, rats and prairie dogs become too abundant, they can damage crops and lands and transmit diseases to humans, domestic livestock and pets. As with all wildlife, loss of habitat is the most significant problem facing raptors, followed by illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning.
We all benefit from helping these majestic birds.
*All photos by me except for the first one of the orphaned Great Horned Owls.
To learn more: Ojai Raptor Center