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Boyds, Maryland 20841

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Peregrine Rescued by US Army Corps in Bear Creek

Close-up of peregrine falcon looking straight into camera with large dark eyes and feathery white cheeks. Owl Moon Raptor Center.

Even the fastest bird in the world sometimes needs human help! In the wake of the Key Bridge accident, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessel was conducting survey work at the site. As the vessel steered towards a marina to refuel, one of the crew members saw a peregrine falcon struggling to stay afloat in Bear Creek. The boat captain carefully guided the vessel closer allowing the crew member to secure the bird in a net. The falcon was gently placed on the deck of the boat and wrapped in a jacket to warm up and dry off. 

While the vessel resumed its course to the marina fuel dock, the crew member found Owl Moon's contact information online and called for assistance. Volunteer raptor rescuer and transporter Nancy met the Army Corps crew member at the marina and drove the patient to Owl Moon Raptor Center for evaluation. The peregrine falcon, now named Gray after one of his rescuers, is receiving treatment for two puncture wounds located on either side of his breast. Please consider donating to Owl Moon in support of Gray’s recovery!

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Owl Moon Raptor Center
Owl Moon Raptor Center
Boyds, Maryland 20841