Helping Feathered Friends in Siouxland, Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, NE

1 Nov
An American Kestral makes its feelings known about being photographed at Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

At the Fontenelle Forest Preserve in Bellevue, NE there is also a space for the rehabilitation of raptors rescued and found injured from the surrounding area. Not a lot of information about the rescue seems to be posted on the organization’s website but information can be found.

Volunteers help with rehabilitating these creatures and a space at the front of the forest preserve allows visitors to see and get somewhat acquainted with these aviators of the sky.

Visitors check out injured birds being rehabilitated at the Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Two great horned owls watch from their enclosure at the Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The rehab center is a way to get up close and really get the chance to see these magnificent birds without a pair of binoculars and see the fine detail of their feathers. As one who is trying to become a better “bird”photographer, and not really getting close to any of these in the wild, it was fun to see them, and maybe if lucky, see them in the wild after they get better and are released. Though I probably wouldn’t recognize them.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A ferruginous hawk watches from its cage at the Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A peregrine falcon eyes a visitor at the Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An American Kestral makes its feeling know about being photographed at Fontenelle Forest aviary sanctuary in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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