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Wildlife rehabilitator to address Audubon Society
Taken from the Hot Springs Village Voice
by Anonymous Author
February 7, 2007

Tommy Young, a rehabititator of all forms of wildlife, has been presenting informational wildlife programs in Hot Springs Village for 14 years.

He will return to speak to the Village Audubon Society.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Coronado Center.

Young will bring live birds to perform, both inside the auditorium, and outside.

Outside will be hawks and/or owls which will do a "squirrel hunt " in the woods around Coronado Center and hopefully return to Young for a pat on the head for job well done. In addition, there could be a release of a rehabilitated bird to the area. On his last visit , he released barred owl which had been injured and rehabilitated back to hunting condition. If at all possible, a rehabilitated bird or animal will be released back to the wild in as close to the area as possible where it lived before the injury occurred.

Young has been doing this rehabilitation for some 25 five years. He receives no funds from any government agency. His only source of income is via admittance to his "zoo," near Queen Wilhelmina State Park, donations and doing programs such as this.

Young teaches a baby otter how to swim and catch its own food. Young teaches a baby otter how to swim and catch its own food. He loves his work, and at times will have at least one of every animal and raptor species native to Arkansas in his animal hospital- all in various stages of recovery.

He has an enviable record in his many successful releases.

The territory that Tommy covers in his rehab program covers an area exceeding 100 miles in every direction from his headquarters near Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.

He has rehabilitated and released over 4,200 owls; 7,800 hawks; 22 bald eagles; 18 golden eagles; 14 bears; and over 1,000 deer, bobcats, raccoons and possums. When it comes to song birds and smaller mammals the number exceeds 20,000.

Young will discuss the pros and cons of wildlife rehabilitation, and training and hunting with birds of prey.

This program promises to fill the auditorium at Coronado Center as it has in the past. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph live hawks and owls; to be in close proximity to some of the most beautiful birds of prey in the world; and to see these same birds perform.

Guests are always welcome at Village Audubon meetings.