Meet the Birds

Sophie
Bugsy
Miles
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 Great-Horned Owl

 Eastern Screech Owl

 Swainson’s Hawk

Sophie came to us in January of 2009 from Bird TLC rehabilitation center in Alaska. When she first arrived at Bird TLC (in March of 2008), she was dehydrated and suffering from a disease of the mouth (frounce). She also suffered from an unrepairable fracture to her right wing. Over time, Sophie restored her ability to fly, but not well enough to survive on her own in the wild.For additional information on the natural history of great horned owls, visit: Bugsy became part of the Wild Wings family in December of 2012. He comes to us from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute in North Carolina. This little 5 oz. owl was carried into Blue Ridge on August 11, 2012, with severe injuries on his left side. His left wing radius and ulna bones were fractured and he is blind in the left eye. The rehab center determined that he was most likely hit by a car. Unfortunately, Bugsy can no longer survive alone in the wild, but he is a welcomed educator in his new home.For additional information on the natural history of eastern screech owls, visit: Miles became part of the Wild Wings family on November 13, 2014. He came from South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  Miles and his sibling were both illegally stolen from the nest.  The people who had them cut off all of their primary and secondary flight feathers.  While Miles has since grown his feathers back in, he does not fly well enough to survive in the wild. Miles serves a great purpose at Wild Wings by helping to educate the public on the roles of these magnificent animals in the environment.For additional information on the natural history of Swainson’s hawks, visit:
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Karma
Cache
Cliff
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Red-Tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
 Peregrine Falcon
Deanna Curtis, executive director
of Wild Wings, is a master falconer and Karma is Deanna’s falconry bird. Karma was the first bird to help with the educational programs when the organization was established. Although she has become increasingly remarkable and successful in her primary role as a hunter, Karma continues to support the important role of educator in the classroom — no matter the setting, she always represents her kind in a noble manner through here calm, yet ever alert, demeanor.For additional information on the natural history of red-tailed hawks, visit:
Cache came to us on September 18, 2012, from the Teton Raptor Center in Wyoming. He was brought to their facility after a poor choice in seeking warmth and protection — he flew down a smoky chimney in Cora, Wyoming, and suffered burns to his feet, tail feathers, and the wrists of both wings. After six weeks, the burns to his feet healed very well; unfortunately, his burns were too severe on the wings, restricting new growth for many of his flight feathers. Because of the permanent injuries, he is non-releasable.He is a favorite with our younger audiences.For additional information on the natural history of American Kestrels, visit: Cliff was bred in captivity and spent the first part of his life as a falconry bird. He was a very successful hunter in his younger years. As he aged, he lost the ability to hunt effectively and was eventually retired from the sport. The falconer realized that his long time hunting partner would now be better served in an educational environment, given his condition and calm demeanor with people. As part of the Wild Wings family since November of 2009, Cliff has ongoing attention, exercise, and food. He also provides an element of education that supports the understanding and care of other wildlife and the environment.For additional information on the natural history of peregrine falcons, visit:
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 Cupid
 Atlas
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Barn Owl

Common Raven

Our barn owl came to us in March of 2015 from the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in New York. He was bred in captivity at the center, specifically for educational programs. Barn owls are on the endangered species list in nine states, in the US, making their conservation message (through programs like ours) extremely important. Cupid lights up the room, sparking great interest with our audiences, no matter the setting. He is currently in training for our flight demonstrations.For additional information on the natural history of barn owls, visit:  Atlas was brought to Bird TLC in Alaska as a young downy chick in the spring of 2009. He was placed with a foster raven in hopes of nurturing him and returning him to the wild. For some reason, the foster parent raven was not feeding him properly. His diet was missing the necessary amounts of calcium for bone development, resulting in metabolic bone disease. His weak bone structure led to two fractures in one wing and three in the other. Atlas became imprinted to humans during the time rehabilitators were tending to him. Because of his injuries and imprint condition, he would not survive alone in the wild. Atlas
came to us in February of 2010; his mannerisms are entertaining and he makes a great educator, exemplifying the intelligence of corvids. For additional information on the natural history of common ravens, visit:
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