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A California Wildlife Center patient takes flight during a creancing session. Photos Submitted
A raptor wears a hood over its heads to keep stress levels low while CWC volunteers prepare the bird for a creancing exercise.
Jenn Guess, Senior Wildlife Technician California Wildlife Center
8:17 am PDT July 26, 2017

Here at California Wildlife Center, we see a lot of raptors with severe injuries that require many weeks and even months of rehabilitation.  

Raptors include red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, owls and sharp-shinned hawks. As the birds heal inside the hospital, they are not getting the daily exercise they would receive in the wild. Due to the lengthy healing time, the vast majority need to be exercised at the end of the rehabilitation process to build up flight muscles before they can be released back into the wild.