Raptors from the Black Hills Raptor Center rocked Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Raptors from the Black Hills Raptor Center rocked Rapid City

With their beaks, talons, and wings, raptors (and their expert handlers) gave people a lesson in all things bird.

'Raptor Rendezvous' at The Journey Museum gave people an up close look at various birds, like a Great Horned Owl and Eastern Screech Owls.

Maggie Engler aka 'The Birdwoman' gave a funny, yet educational, presentation on the hunting habits, food preferences, and mating calls of the birds.

She also put to rest an old myth. She says owls do have neck bones that prevent them from turning their heads all the way around. "Some do it so fast, and it looks like they turn their head all the way around, but don't let anyone tell you they don't have neck bones, cause they do," Engler. "And no, their head can't screw off."

Engler says the closest bird rehabilitation center is in Pierre. The Black Hills Raptor Center now has a piece of land in Rapid City, where they would eventually like to build a rehab center of their own.

This could help save hurt and sick birds sooner.
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