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Chillido: A Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii), he came in as a fledgling with his right wing amputated at the wrist. We don't know what happened, but are guessing his parents brought food to the nest with some constrictive material like fishing line attached. There never was a wound, only a missing wrist joint and primary flight feathers. He is a great bird, who likes to sit in the opening of his nestbox during programs, which helps us encourage the public to make and install nestboxes and helps him get his sleep!
Al: Our Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianis) is probably female. She was brought in as a two month old with a broken wing after her nest tree was cut down. One of the people at the logging site rescued her. Her wing was repaired by a local veterinarian, but she is not releasable because she cannot fly well enough or quietly enough to be in the wild. Al weighs about 3.5 pounds.
Tey Kwes: Our Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) is probably a female. She was hit by a car on the Avenue of the Giants and injured a wing and an eye. Unfortunately, the well-intentioned finders kept her for a week before seeking care. The fractured wing had already begun to heal improperly. Her eye had gotten worse and had to be removed. Luckily, she recovered well from her surgery and while not able to be in the wild, is a wonderful ambassador for her species during our education programs. Tey Kwes weighs about a pound and a half.
Louie: Our American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is male. He was transferred to us from Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon in 2003. He was rehabilitated at CRC for a fractured wing which included some damage to the nerves in his shoulder. He is unable to fly at all. Louie weighs about 4 ounces (the weight of a cube of butter).
Miranda: Our Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is female (we know, because she laid an egg in 2005!). She has been with the wildlife care center for many years and is estimated to have reached her 22nd birthday in 2011. She was hit by a car near the town of Miranda and has a disabled wing that limits her flight abilities. Miranda has been a foster parent for young red tailed hawks in the past. She weighs between 3 and 3.5 pounds.
Carson: Our Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus) came to us in his first year (2004) with a fractured right femur. The fracture was surgically pinned and healed well, but Carson developed arthritis in his right hip and is not releasable. He is named for Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the book which led to the eventual ban on the pesticide, DDT. Thankfully, Peregrine numbers have recovered since the ban on DDT in the 1970's.
Tribute to HWCC's long-time ambassador Ch'Hooly.