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Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicata) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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Lincoln’s sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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Lincoln’s sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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Grass wren (Cistothorus platensis) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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Grass wren (Cistothorus platensis) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus minnesota) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. This juvenile was slightly leucistic, with a white tail instead of its customary red tail

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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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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A woman cares for an injured peregrine falcon at Raptor Recovery Nebraska.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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An Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center. This is a vulnerable species.

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An Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center. This is a vulnerable species.

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An Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center. This is a vulnerable species.

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Ganges soft shelled turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, India.

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A vulnerable Indian soft shelled turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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A Ganges soft shelled turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, India.

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A Ganges soft shelled turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, India.

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A pink ringed tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabiliation Center.

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A pink ringed tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabiliation Center.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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An endangered Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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A male and female critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, Upper Pradesh, India. There are less than 500 breeding adult animals left in the wild.

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A red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, Upper Pradesh, India. There are less than 500 breeding adult animals left in the wild.

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A male and female critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, Upper Pradesh, India. There are less than 500 breeding adult animals left in the wild.

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A red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, Upper Pradesh, India. There are less than 500 breeding adult animals left in the wild.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) at the Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow, India. There are fewer than 1,000 of this species left in the wild.

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