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Mystic - The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has opened a new flight enclosure for non-releasable birds.
It is now home to two barred owls; an American kestrel, and a female broadwing hawk that was brought to the Nature Center last September with a shoulder/wing injury.
The new enclosure allows the center to better maintain a separation between the resident birds, some of which are used for education programs because they cannot be released because of disability or injury, and birds that are being rehabilitated for release. This is done so their wild birds do not lose their fear of people, which can happen when they come into their enclosure.
The enclosure was funded with a donation from Hildegarde Lee in memory of Stephen Lee, and materials donated by WalMart and the Mystic Garden Club. The volunteer work crew of timber framers was led by Steven Monroe of Eagle Quality Landscaping of Gales Ferry assisted by center staff.