Photo: In early May, this beautiful barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arrived at the Iowa Bird Rehabilitation with a bad shoulder.

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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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All prints by Joel Sartore are archival.

Framing and matting includes a satin finish black wooden frame, a 3” white acid-free matte, and plexiglass. The frames are custom made and can take 5 business days to be prepared.

Our canvas gallery wraps are professionally printed and stretched over a durable frame. This can take 5 business days to be prepared. They are finished with an open-style back with a hanger, and arrive ready to display.

Sizes shown are approximate. The sizes are in inches and denote the size of the image itself. Each image is printed with a white border, so the paper size is larger than the image size. If you need a print sized exactly, please let us know when you place your order. Custom sizes are also available. Custom orders take longer to fulfill than standard orders.

Signed prints may take longer if Joel is traveling, which is often, as he continues to add species to the Photo Ark.

All prints are created at the time of purchase. Because of this, we do not accept returns or exchanges for prints. The only exception is if the print is not up to our pristine standards. Any flaws must be brought to our attention within 5 business days.

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