Episode 212: How Do You Rescue Raptors?

Meet the Expert: Travis Wilcoxen, Biologist and President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Raptor Center

Travis Wilcoxen

Travis Wilcoxen is a Professor of Biology. Travis is the Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and CCIW for Millikin University. Travis is also President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Raptor Center and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sun Foundation. He received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Eureka College. Travis also received each a M.S. and Ph.D. Biology from the University of Memphis.







Travis and an eagle    Travis and a rescued hawk Travis with a second rescued hawk

Travis with of the few of the raptors that were rescued and rehabilitated by the Illinois Raptor Center


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Click HERE to learn more about what the Illinois Raptor Center does and how YOU can  help!!





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The Big Book of Birds


Highlighted Book for this Episode!


The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer (Author)


Book List

When Dinosaurs Conquered the Skies: The incredible story of bird evolution by Jingmai O’Connor (Author), Maria Brzozowska (Illustrator)

Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations by Laura Perdew (Author), Katie Mazeika

Birds for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Owls, Eagles, Penguins, and Other Bird Species by Melissa Mayntz (Author)

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