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Raptor rescue inspires Mathews man to become a wildlife rehabber

Erik Davis of Port Haywood, is quick to say that he is not a wildlife rehabilitation specialist. But since just before Christmas, happenstance has put him in the position to rescue three raptors that were in trouble—two owls and an eagle—and now he’s on the road to beginning the process of becoming a rehabber.

Davis said he picked up a screech owl on the side of the road on Route 14 near Church Street right before Christmas and took it to the Peninsula Animal Referral Center in Grafton. The 24-hour emergency facility got in touch with Tommy White of Alton’s Keep Wildbird Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Suffolk, and Davis got to know the rehabber.

Not long after, Davis found another screech owl—this time, trapped in his barn. It had gotten hurt, and Davis contacted White, who sent a transporter to bring it to him in Suffolk.

When the owl was ready to be released into the area where it was found, White called Davis to do the honors, and Davis made the trip to Suffolk to pic...

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