Peggy McDonald's raptor rehabilitation work recognised

RAPTOR REHAB: Peggy McDonald is the recipient of the Churchill Fellowship to continue her rehabilitation work with birds of prey. Photo: Mark Kelly.

RAPTOR REHAB: Peggy McDonald is the recipient of the Churchill Fellowship to continue her rehabilitation work with birds of prey. Photo: Mark Kelly.

Peggy McDonald has spent more than 20 years working with sick birds of prey to ensure their safe and healthy return to the wild. 

Her hard work has earned her the opportunity to travel throughout the world in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence. 

Peggy has received the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to ‘advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques (USA, Canada, UK, United Arab Emirates, South Africa)’. 

The fellowship will give her the opportunity to travel overseas for eight weeks, fully funded, to further her rehabilitaion knowledge. 

Peggy is one of the most committed wildlife workers not just in the Highlands but in Australia.

Her rehabilitation work and research on raptors is leading the way in the protection and conservation world. 

Driven by her passion and great respect for birds, Peggy established Australasia’s only raptor rehabilitation centre on her Fitzroy Falls property, with the largest continual flight raptor rehabilitation aviary in Australia. 

The purpose built rehabilitation aviary was inspired by the ones she saw when studying and working at the Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi. 

To house the injured birds, she has 12 enclosures and aviaries of varying size. She also has a small bird hospital.

Peggy’s interest in rehabilitating raptors has grown over the past 25 years from her work as a WIRES volunteer and has taken her to the United Arab Emirates to further her research and practical skills.

More than 700 birds have passed through her care and her goal is always to return them to the wild. The birds come to Peggy from wildlife rescue groups as well as individuals and bodies such as Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.