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Longtime Raptor Rehabilitator Retiring

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The South Bend area will soon be losing its go-to person for taking care of injured falcons, hawks, owls and other raptors.

Carol Riewe started the volunteer work as a certified raptor rehabilitator in 1993 - the year the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reintroduced peregrine falcons to South Bend.

She directed the Rum Village Nature Center for many years before retiring from there in 2004.

Riewe tells the South Bend Tribune she loves her work with the raptors, which she calls magnificent birds. But she's now 73 and wants to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Indiana has about 30 certified raptor rehabilitators now, but the next-closest to South Bend lives in Rochester.

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