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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.