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Raptors at the 2013 Mill Creek Festival

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center was founded in 1981. It quickly outgrew the founder’s backyard in Everett and was moved to a five-acre site in Arlington.
Kestrel SkyHawk, Sarvey Wildlife Care Center Education Director, with Sarvey’s Golden Eagle, Hu Iyake. Photo credit: Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.

By Elizabeth Griffin

New to the Mill Creek Festival this year, Sarvey Wildlife Care Center will put on three demonstrations in the Pet Plaza: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. And 5:15 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The 45-minute presentations will feature a bald eagle, redtailed hawk, golden eagle, great horned owl and Peregrine falcon.

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center was founded in 1981. It quickly outgrew the founder’s backyard in Everett and was moved to a five-acre site in Arlington. The center took in 3,494 animals last year, ranging from hummingbirds to eagles to raccoons to bobcats.

The injured animals were rehabilitated and released into the wild. “These injured animals have come into someone’s yard or been found on a trail,” Suzanne West, executive director of Sarvey explained. “People call us and we take the animal to rehabilitate it and release it back into the wild if possible. We take any wild animal that is native to the area.

The center is a great resource for information about what to do – and what not to do – if you come across a wild animal. Its booth is well worth stopping by while at the festival, and its demonstrations are quite entertaining and educational.

For more information, visit www.sarveywildlife. org.

This article has been reprinted with permission from GA Publications NW.

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