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This morning we went on a behind-the-scenes tour of a raptor rehab at the Flagstaff Arboretum. The birds are located in the largest natural Ponderosa tree forest in the world and the arboretum is lovely. (Doesn’t Roy look in his element holding that falcon?) The raptors are surprisingly light-weight, given their size, because they’re mostly made up of feathers. We absorbed a lot of raptor-related facts (e.g., all birds of prey are not raptors — raptors have to have sharp beaks, sharp claws and sharp vision; hawks hunt differently from falcons; European settlers called our hawks “buzzards”) that we will probably forget in time to take another trip with guests and learn all them over again.

If you’re in the northern Arizona area, the Arboretum is open until October and has daily tours and shows.

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