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No ordinary library show

Dan Hnilicka, Interpretive Naturalist, fed a great horned owl as he explained its feeding habits. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.1 / 2
A bald eagle showed its wingspan at the event, sponsored by the Wadena City Library, Monday afternoon. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.2 / 2

Over one hundred Wadena citizens enjoyed feathered friends Monday at WDC Elementary.

Dan Hnilicka, Interpretive Naturalist with The Raptor Center in St. Paul, brought four birds to the program, put on by the Wadena City Library.

The birds, which included a peregrine falcon, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk and a bald eagle, drew gasps and laughs from the crowd as they munched on raw meat and dead mice.

Hnilicka talked about each bird and the Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured birds. He answered questions from the crowd and let the attendees touch samples of feathers and skulls.

The event was the kickoff to the library's summer reading program, in which children can win prizes based on how many books they read.

The Raptor Center is located at 1920 Fitch Ave. in St. Paul. The center is open for visitors from 10 am to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the center, visit https://www.raptor.umn.edu/ or call (612) 624-4745.

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