Interpretive naturalist Micaela Brevig showed off three birds of prey to an audience of about 200 people at the St. Peter Community Center Gymnasium on Friday afternoon.

The birds were permanently injured and are educational animals for the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. The Raptor Center serves as a hospital for sick or injured birds of prey, treating about 1,000 per year. Brevig said nearly 40 percent reach the goal of release back into the wild.

The center has 28 educational birds, from owls to hawks. On Friday, the St. Peter audience learned about red-tailed hawk Rowan, American kestrel Sienna and great horned owl Ricke.

The event was sponsored by Friends of the St. Peter Library.

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Nancy Madsen has written for newspapers in Watertown, N.Y., and Mankato, as well as for PolitiFact Virginia at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va. Nancy is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

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