Mid-South Raptor Center
The Mid-South Raptor Center, a 501(c)3, has been on the campus of Agricenter International since starting in 2002. They are the only state-licensed raptor rehabilitation facility in West Tennessee and they rehabilitate about 200 birds a year.
Injured birds of prey are brought to the center for assistance. About 75% of birds seen at the facility have been hit by cars, the others have either ingested lead, have run into windows, or are baby orphans. Surgery is conducted by Dr. David Hannon, DVM and the birds recuperate at the center. Birds that can be released are always banded for future identification. The birds that are unable to be released have a fulfilled life at the center and sometimes make educational appearances. The cost of food alone for these birds is $8,000 per year.
For more information contact Dr. Martin at 901-685-8827 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all birds that come to the center are injured. Earlier in 2011 when Tennessee was subjected to several weeks of severe weather, a possible tornado in Benton County near Camden blew down a tree that housed a well-established Bald Eagle nest. Upon inspection by agents of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, a single young eaglet was discovered in the destroyed nest. The bird was brought to Memphis where it was given a thorough medical examination by Dr. David Hannon.
Once it was determined that the bird was in good health it was turned over to the Mid-South Raptor Center. The bird was initially fed by hand as it was still too young to eat on its own, but after a few weeks it began eating with no assistance. A diet of fish, mice, and meat was fed twice daily. Once it reached releaseable age, it was moved to Reelfoot Lake State Park for release back into the wild. Reelfoot Lake is a perfect spot for release as there are a number of resident eagles there and an abundant supply of food for the bird, both fish and waterfowl.