This weekend I visited Treehouse Wildlife Center for the first time. My friend recently started volunteering for them and her pictures are always adorable, so I was really excited when I saw they had an open house coming up. Treehouse is located in Dow, Illinois (near Grafton) which as you might expect is in the middle of nowhere. That said, it’s a nice drive especially right now with the leaves changing color.
Treehouse focuses on rescuing and rehabbing native wildlife, but some animals become permanent residents and are used for community outreach and education. Einstein the turkey vulture is one such bird. She imprinted on a human who had planned to keep her as a pet (in case you were wondering, that’s not a good idea). Since she identifies more with humans than birds, she can’t be released back into the wild.
These are approximately 1-year-old bald eagles. I was told they would get their signature coloring around age five. These eagles are in the flight cage where they are rehabbing and will eventually be released.
I’ll end with this panoramic photo I took on the drive home, just because I’m very pleased with it!