The birds of prey living at the Glen Helen Raptor Center are feasting on Dorothy Lane Market salmon this week.

Where does Dorothy Lane Market leftover salmon go? To the birds, of course

The Yellow Springs nonprofit that helps rehabilitate injured raptors was given nearly 100 pounds of Alaska Sockeye salmon remains to feed to the birds.

The salmon comes from Dorothy Lane Market’s Whole Salmon Sidewalk Sale, which was June 30 and July 1 at all three DLM grocery stores in Oakwood, Washington Twp. and Springboro.

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The salmon was flown in fresh from Alaska overnight prior to the date it was sold and then filleted on site.

When employees with Dorothy Lane Market were filleting whole salmon for the event, there were carcass remains that were leftover and otherwise would have been thrown out. These remains were instead given to Glen Helen.

“Salmon that’s sustainably caught in Alaska and now feeding raptors here locally —now that’s full circle and is pretty cool,” Jack Gridley, Dorothy Lane Market VP of Meat & Seafood, stated.

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Dorothy Lane Market said in a statement that this connection was made about a year ago when Rick Hoffman, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist at Glen Helen Raptor Center, came to Dorothy Lane Market’s annual Whole Salmon Sidewalk Sale as a customer and saw salmon remains.

“It’s a win, win … it dawned on me that they [Glen Helen] always need animal food and the fact that Dorothy Lane Market had salmon carcasses was a great fit,” Hoffman said.

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