The Wildlife In Need Center, as known as WINC, of Oconomowoc is an organization that rehabilitates injured or hurt animals. Then later releases them back into their natural habitat if they are able. Also, WINC provides educational programs to help educate people about interacting with animals.
This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to help mentor a few nature photography enthusiasts during a wildlife photography workshop. I was there to help answer questions anyone had during the workshop, and give a little bit of insight about some lighting equipment that was available to use as well. I love to teach people about photography because photography is my passion. Teaching people about what I love to do is the best thing in the world.
In this workshop, WINC let us photograph five raptor birds outdoors. Each of these birds has their own story on how they found their place at the Wildlife In Need Center. Below are a few photos I took myself during the workshop. With each photo I included a little description about the bird so you can see why it has a place at WINC.
<-- Meet Chloe!
She is an Eastern Screech Owl, and is
approximately 80% blind after being
a victim of a car collision.
Meet Dakota! -->
He is a Great Horned Owl.
He became sick due to
poor nutrition and being
in improper care. If released,
he would seek humans for
food. He would not be
releasable into the wild.
<-- Meet Grace!
She is an American Kestrel, which is part of
the Falcon bird family. She had a permanent
left wing injury, which makes her incapable
Meet Raenah! -->
She is a Red Tailed Hawk, and
has a left wing injury. She was
not able to fully gain strength
after surgery, and now isn't able
to fold in her left wing.
<-- Meet Sova!
She is a Barred Owl, and
only has one eye due to
being a victim of a car