Raptors and Three Rivers


As a graduate of the Air Force Academy, the school with the fastest flying mascot, I have always had a special respect for birds of prey, and greatly appreciate our Three Rivers partnership with the U of M's Raptor Center.IMG_0790.jpg

On a recent camping trip to Duluth, my wife Kim and I met a couple of volunteer "peregrine watchers" on downtown’s Lakewalk. They were from the area’s Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and they let us use their high resolution scopes to watch the nesting falcon fledglings on the building in the distance. Great thermals along the shoreline’s “highway in the sky” for migrating birds.

 I shared with them that my roommate from the Air Force Academy was a falconer, and that Three Rivers benefits from a special partnership with the U of M’s Raptor Center. Our joint programs nurture and raise awareness of those with whom we share our natural environment. Among my favorites: the annual raptor release of rehabilitated birds into the wild, and a unique raptor camp at the Richardson Nature Center.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair