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Hawaii was part of another educational raptor program in northern California before joining our flock. In 2008, he was found at a power plant in Nanakuli, Hawaii, having collided with something leaving permanent damage to his beak. Unable to feed himself properly, Hawaii was fitted with an artificial beak, but eventually grew back enough of his own beak to tear at meat – though he’s still a messy eater! Hawaii may look a bit like a bulldog with his massive underbite, but he is eager for food, playful, and fond of a bath.
Westford, the American Kestrel
Back in September, Carol Winfield, a wildlife rehabilitator near Burlington, found a box on her front porch. Inside was an adult American Kestrel–with jesses on. These leather straps around a bird’s legs are put on to help train and restrain captive birds, so this little guy had obviously been in someone’s care. The trouble is, it is illegal to raise raptors in captivity without a special permit, and Westford is otherwise healthy, but has no chance of being returned to the wild. Because of his strong familiarity with people, he will make a great educator, and will be a wonderful help in teaching visitors of VINS the importance of letting wild birds be – to fly free.
Did LosAngeles model for the photography class in Oct? She just grabbed my attention. Looking forward to meeting the new members of the ed team
Los Angeles was indeed at our photography class in October!
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