Nature learning

Diva, a 1-year-old Bard Owl, attempts to fly during an educational "hawk talk" on Thursday for girls from Girls Incorporated at Yellow Creek Park. Eric Miller, the director of the park's Raptor, used Diva as an example of birds that are rehabilitated at the center. Diva came to Miller and his team after she was wounded. Miller said she had probably been hit by a car. She had a broken wing and a head injury, he told the girls. After birds are rehabilitated, they are evaluated to see if they are able to be re-released, Miller said. Diva is able to jump around, he continued, "but she can not gain lift," to fly. Because she can not fly, she would not be able to catch prey, and therefore would not survive if she was re-released, Miller said. Diva will stay at the Raptor Center and will be used for educational purposes. The trip to Yellow Creek Park for the group from Girls Inc. was sponsored by the Pennyrile Group of the Sierra Club. In addition to the hawk talk, the girls also ate lunch at the park and hiked. Photo by Jenny Sevcik, Messenger-Inquirer/jsevcik@messenger-inquirer.com, 691.7294 

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