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Nancy Conney spoke at the Escondido Creek Conservancy
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was formed in 1996, and is now in its 8th year. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, staffed by volunteers, and dependent on donations to cover expenses. They provide valuable assistance to help her feed and maintain the birds under her care.
Skyhunter's is owned and operated by Mrs. Nancy Conney. She participated in the care of injured and orphaned raptors with Project Wildlife for 10 additional years.
The two main reasons for the work performed by is spelled out in their title: To care for sick, injured and orphaned raptors, as well as to educate the community about preservation of our local wildlife.
In order to perform the work they do on behalf of the raptors, Skyhunter's have U.S. Federal Fish & Wildlife permits for Rehabilitation, Education, and Eagle possession. They also have State Fish & Game permits for Rehabilitation and Education.
Currently, Skyhunter's is responsible for 20 non-releasable raptors in their collection, including various hawk and owl species. (she also has a personal collection of colorful and noisy parrots, cockatoos, and macaws). On average, Skyhunter's have worked with as many as 300 ‘rehab raptors' each year. ” - - - which is actually a converted tennis court.
In caring for the non-releasable education birds, Skyhunter's provide their birds with a proper diet, eating the same things they would in the wild, keeping their enclosures clean and arranging for twice-a-year checkups with a veterinarian.
They have a 70-foot flight cage that all the flighted birds use for conditioning. For rehab birds, chicks are fed from a puppet so that no ‘human imprinting' occurs. They then go into a small enclosure to start exercising and eventually into the large flight for release.
Adult birds recovering from an injury get care and attention from their staff veterinarian, as well as any necessary medication for any illness. They then are given some flight time and when ready, are released back to the area where they were found.
In addition to her personal attention and concern for raptors, Nancy is an instructor at the San Diego Natural History Museum, a presenter at all of the San Diego County Parks, and Vice President of the California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators.
For more information about Skyhunter's Raptor Rehabilitation, or to arrange a public or in-class presentation, contact Nancy at 619-445-6565, or by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org