Thursday, April 9, 2009
A central Kansas avian rehabilitation center is scheduled to open to the public next week.
The Kansas Raptor Center in Great Bend is one of six of the six state-of-the-art, federally funded centers. It will open on April 18.
The staff is already working to rehabilitate birds along the Central Flyway, a migratory route drawing millions of birds annually.
Supporters hope the center will draw birding tourists. But the focus could eventually be on national safety and security.
Studying birds of prey could help researchers detect hazards including influenza, bioterrorism and crystal meth labs.