Great Horned Owl
Doris Mager and her Screech Owl
Al has a chance to hold the Crested Caracara
Here at Goose Island it is a birding paradise. Lots of people who come here are birders. They have a bird walk a few times a week at 8 am. It's not really my thing and it's a little too early for me. The other day our neighbor, Wayne (he and his wife Julie are camp hosts here) knocked on our door and said we can't miss the presentation they are having at 4 pm at the rec hall. He and his wife went last year and it was fasinating.
Well, we had nothing else to do, so we headed over to see what it was all about. Doris Mager was the presenter of this program. Doris is an amazing lady and she is a character we will never forget. She has been traveling all over the country visiting state parks, and schools, speaking about the importance of these birds. She travels with her birds in a her van. You may think it's no big deal, but this woman is in her 80's. She has been all over the world. She once stayed in an inactive bald eagle's nest for 6 days and 5 nights, not in protest, but to raise funds for an Audubon Center in Florida. We also learned that she bicycled across the U.S. when she was 60.
In 1983 she founded S.O.A.R. which stands for Save Our American Raptors. The purpose of this organization is to educate people regarding Raptures or Birds of Prey. She brought with her a Screech Owl, an American Krestel, a Crested Caracara and a Great Horned Owl. She presented to us each of these birds and told us their history. The Great Horned Owl has been with her for over 27 years since shortly after his birth. Many of her birds have been injured and many can't be returned to the wild.
Doris wrote a book titled "RJ: Tribute to a Golden Eagle" RJ was a very special Golden Eagle that was in her care for 15 years. RJ was her constant companion and her soul mate visiting many schools fascinating children and adults all around the country.
Doris Mager is one interesting lady. I believe she is around 83 yrs old and as you can tell, still very active. She returns every year to this park and stays in one of the campsites here in her custom van. I'm told she prefers to sleep in her van with her birds even when she is home and even though she has a house.