On the tour around the refuge, we have many animals that have moved on to their next step in the rehabilitation process: becoming acclimated to the weather and enjoying the largest habitat as they finish out their stay here in their adult life stage. Starting with our Southern Flying Squirrels that were in our nursery, they have now been moved outside. With them being such a compact species, it was best to place them in our outdoor aviary, so now they have a large space that they can explore and practice gliding around at nighttime. As for the Eastern Gray Squirrels, they have also been moved to a special outdoor enclosure where they can climb on tree limbs and practice nesting habits for cold weather. This leaves our nursery with a single juvenile Raccoon, whose newest obsession is playing with his food of course. Onto the ICU, we have gained a few Barred Owls and more Pelicans to join the “Pelican Party” that has been brewing back there. Our outdoor flight pen is still housing the Red-tailed Hawk and it is doing quite well in adapting to the elements and working on its flight techniques. Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the upcoming weeks to find out the location and time of the hawk’s release in the Niceville area.