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A female common loon (Gavia immer) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A female common loon (Gavia immer) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A female common loon (Gavia immer) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A female common loon (Gavia immer) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A juvenile muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A juvenile muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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A bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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A bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) at Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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In early May, this beautiful barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arrived at the Iowa Bird Rehabilitation with a bad shoulder. This type of injury typically heals poorly, especially with migratory birds and aerial insectivores. While it’s unknown how the bird was hurt, most likely she had just returned to Iowa after spending the winter in Central and South America, and was preparing to nest and raise young in Iowa for the summer.

One of the most acrobatic of all North American bird species, barn swallows feed on insects almost exclusively in flight, so perfect wings are essential for their survival.

After 3 months in rehabilitation, she was finally well enough to be released in mid-August, and is flying free again! Hopefully she will feed well in the Iowa skies and gain some strength over the next few weeks before starting the long journey back south for the winter.

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (IBR) admits all types of birds year round, from tiny hummingbirds to giant pelicans and everything in between. As word spreads of the work they do, their patient numbers have increased, in 2018 IBR expects to take in around 600 birds. The work is all volunteer and they receive no state or federal funding. The goal is simple but challenging: to rehabilitate and release all wild birds that come in.

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In early May, this beautiful barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arrived at the Iowa Bird Rehabilitation with a bad shoulder. This type of injury typically heals poorly, especially with migratory birds and aerial insectivores. While it’s unknown how the bird was hurt, most likely she had just returned to Iowa after spending the winter in Central and South America, and was preparing to nest and raise young in Iowa for the summer.

One of the most acrobatic of all North American bird species, barn swallows feed on insects almost exclusively in flight, so perfect wings are essential for their survival.

After 3 months in rehabilitation, she was finally well enough to be released in mid-August, and is flying free again! Hopefully she will feed well in the Iowa skies and gain some strength over the next few weeks before starting the long journey back south for the winter.

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (IBR) admits all types of birds year round, from tiny hummingbirds to giant pelicans and everything in between. As word spreads of the work they do, their patient numbers have increased, in 2018 IBR expects to take in around 600 birds. The work is all volunteer and they receive no state or federal funding. The goal is simple but challenging: to rehabilitate and release all wild birds that come in.

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Franklin’s gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) in summer plumage at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Louisville, NE.

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Franklin’s gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) in summer plumage at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Louisville, NE.

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Franklin’s gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) in summer plumage at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Louisville, NE.

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Franklin’s gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) in summer plumage at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Louisville, NE.

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A spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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An African moony (Monodactylus sebae) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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An African moony (Monodactylus sebae) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Silver moony (Monodactylus argenteus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A banded leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A banded leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A banded leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A banded leporinus (Leporinus fasciatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A red slate pencil urchin (Heterocentrotus mamillatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A red slate pencil urchin (Heterocentrotus mamillatus) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A ripsaw catfish (Oxydoras niger) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A ripsaw catfish (Oxydoras niger) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A ripsaw catfish (Oxydoras niger) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A gray carpetshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A gray carpetshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A gray carpetshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A gray carpetshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A hooded crane (Grus monacha) at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable according to IUCN.

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A hooded crane (Grus monacha) at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable according to IUCN.

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A hooded crane (Grus monacha) at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable according to IUCN.

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