Eagle Days features birds that recovered from injuries

A screech owl and children looked at each other during Eagle Days Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The event continues Sunday afternoon. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


by Mary Rupert

Injured eagles, falcons, hawks and other raptors were the center of attention at Eagle Days, an annual event held Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park.

The 16th annual event will continue on Sunday at the Schlagle Library and also at the James P. Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. One volunteer said she saw two eagles flying outside on Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake Park.

Two screech owls on display that were missing one eye each were helped by Operation WildLife to survive. They were both hit by cars as the owls were flying across a road, explained Bill Whinery, an Operation WildLife volunteer.

The birds of prey on display on Saturday during Eagle Days in Kansas City, Kan., were all unable to survive on their own, Whinery said. A turkey vulture named Louie that mistakenly identifies as a human because humans took him away from his natural family was another bird that would be unable to survive on its own in the wild, he said.

In the James P. Davis Hall at the lake park were about 15 other birds that Operation WildLife was helping. One was a young bald eagle rescued from Wyoming.

Whinery described the organization’s more than 25-year efforts to help injured birds and animals. The organization has a facility in Linwood, Kan.

While the goal of Operation WildLife is to rehabilitate birds and animals and release them back into the wild, there are some that cannot be released because of their condition, Whinery said. The two screech owls cannot see well enough to survive in the wild, he added.

While Operation WildLife is licensed by the state, it receives no state or federal funding and relies upon donations, Whinery said.

The annual Eagle Days event is sponsored by the Board of Public Utilities, Operation WildLife, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools; and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kan., Parks and Recreation Department.

Hours on Sunday are noon to 4 p.m. at the Schlagle Library and noon to 4 p.m. at Davis Hall, both at Wyandotte County Lake Park. Programs will be presented indoors at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at both locations.

All photos copyright 2017 by Mary Rupert

Bill Whinery, an Operation WildLife volunteer, held a turkey vulture that thinks it’s a human during Eagle Days on Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Operation WildLife volunteer Bill Whinery talked about birds of prey at the 16th annual Eagle Days Saturday at Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


An Operation WildLife volunteer showed a claw to a child during Eagle Days Saturday at the James P. Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


An Operation WildLife volunteer described birds of prey during Eagle Days Saturday at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A large crowd listened to the Eagle Days program on Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A crowd gathered to hear the Eagle Days presentation Saturday at the James P. Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Children and parents participated in Eagle Day activities Saturday in the newly remodeled upper floor of the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Operation WildLife volunteer Bill Whinery with the turkey vulture, Louie, who thinks he’s a human, at Eagle Days Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Operation WildLife volunteer Bill Whinery with the turkey vulture, Louie, who thinks he’s a human, at Eagle Days Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A screech owl, right, and a peregrine falcon, background, were among the birds on display Saturday at Eagle Days at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A boy looked at a screech owl on Saturday at Eagle Days at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A male peregrine falcon was on display Saturday at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library during Eagle Days. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A female peregrine falcon was on display during Eagle Days Saturday at James P. Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A broadwing hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A screech owl was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A young bald eagle was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


An American kestrel was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A barn owl was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A coopers hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A Harris hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A merlin was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A prairie falcon was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A red-tailed hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A rough-legged hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A Swainson’s hawk was on display Saturday during Eagle Days at the James P. Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


Canada geese seemed to be everywhere at Wyandotte County Lake Park on Saturday. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)


A fundraiser honored Moose, an Operation WildLife bald eagle that died. (Staff photo)


The Schlagle Environmental Library posted a list of birds that were spotted Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo)

Fire reported on North Hallock

A house fire was reported around midday Saturday in the 2000 block of North Hallock in Kansas City, Kan., according to fire officials.

Firefighters arriving at the fire noted there was heavy smoke. Firefighters went into the building, searched it, and vented the roof, fire officials stated. Two searches found no occupants inside, and the fire was extinguished.

Fire reported near 31st and Haskell

A house fire was reported Friday night in the 3100 block of Haskell Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, the first units on the scene reported heavy smoke and made an interior attack on the fire.