Nature Blog

A Change of Feathers: The Molt

By Anna Autilio Lead Environmental Educator Feathers are one of the defining characteristics of birds. They produce the brilliant red of the Northern Cardinal, and the shocking blue of an Indigo Bunting. Though one purpose of feathers is to be flashy and attractive, especially to a potential mate, feathers have a host of other functions.…

The Red-tailed Hawk with Bald Eagle Parents

by Anna Autilio Environmental Educator Amidst the news stories this week is the curious tale of a nestling Red-tailed Hawk in British Columbia, Canada. Why is this little bird, of the most common hawk species in North America, the subject of headlines across Canada and the United States? Nestling Red-tailed Hawk (front, left) with Bald…

Trucker Holds Injured Eagle After Accident: What you should do instead!

A truck driver in Washington state held an injured eagle in his arms while waiting for assistance to transport the bird. His rig had collided with the bird minutes earlier. The police who responded to the incident also shared a photo of the event. Since it went viral, many people have been praising the man’s…

Our Tiniest Patient: the Northern Saw-whet Owl

by Calah BeckwithLead Wildlife KeeperHawks, falcons, eagles, owls. We treat a variety of raptors, each with his or her own unique challenges and needs. These predators of the sky range in size from the 10-pound bald eagle to the 1/4-pound American kestrel. Without exception, we know that regardless of size all raptors have extremely sharp…

A Hawk Hullabaloo and a Barred Owl Bonanza

At the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, we serve myriad bird orders: raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, wading birds….the list goes on. However, each season brings us a new “assortment” of avian patients. During the spring and summer months, we are inundated with baby birds, mostly of the songbird variety, but we also see a number of…

A Falcon Finds Freedom

The peregrine falcon with his wing splinted. by Calah BeckwithLead Wildlife KeeperA juvenile peregrine falcon has made his way back home after a stint at the VINS Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. The young falcon came to VINS at the beginning of June after an unsuccessful first flight from his nest, in which he collided…

Bald Eagle….Freedom for A Special Patient

by Calah BeckwithLead Wildlife KeeperA bald eagle is a rare and special patient at the VINS Wild Bird Hospital. Recently, we had the privilege of providing care for an injured juvenile eagle. He was found on March 21 in Danby, VT by game warden Justin Stedman. He was sitting on the side of a road,…

Red-hot Red-tail

Not too long ago, we played host to a red-tailed hawk who was suffering the effects of our long, harsh Vermont winter. She was emaciated and crawling with internal parasites, but she was full of fire and spirit – take a look back at her humble beginnings in the VINS rehab department. Watch a video…

Goodbye, VINS!

Releasing a barred owl back into the wild. Today I had the chance to release a barred owl who came to VINS in February after being struck by a car. This will be the last bird I release for VINS, as my time here in the wildlife rehabilitation department comes to a close.Watch a video…

The Coop Hawk Blues

This cooper’s hawk flew smack into a window yesterday, and despite breaking no bones, he managed to damage his central nervous system, and is unable to stand. He does have sensation in his legs and feet, and is able to move his legs, he just can’t stand up on them. We‘re holding out hope that…