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Bird of the Week

Bird of the Week

And the Winner Is...

BobO, the Barred Owl
Bird of the Week #11
September 10, 2012

Bob O., came to Carolina Raptor Center in October of 1999 with severe trauma to both eyes. Her injury was caused by a head-on car collision in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Because eyes take up roughly 75% of an owl’s skull, head injuries often cause eye damage, which is a problem for owls because keen vision is one of their essential tools for hunting and navigating the nighttime forest. Although Bob is a boy name, we suspect Bob O. is actually a girl; since raptor males and females are typically identical in color, we have to guess their gender based on size (the girls are larger). Bob O. was named after volunteer Toni O'Neil's father.

Lady CLT, the American Bald Eagle
Bird of the Week #10
September 3, 2012

Lady CLT was nine years old upon arrival at Carolina Raptor Center in June 1995 from the Virginia Tech. School of Forestry & Wildlife Resources. The tip of Lady CLT’s right wing had to be amputated after a collision with a power line. Power line collisions and electrocutions are common causes of injury among bald and golden eagles due to the large wingspans of these birds and the short amount of space between power lines. As a result of the injury, Lady CLT cannot fly well enough to hunt and survive in the wild. For this reason Lady CLT has been trained as an eagle ambassador for his species and travels to education programs and exhibits as part of our education team.

Emma, the Barn Owl
Bird of the Week #9
August 28, 2012

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Emma came to Carolina Raptor Center in June of 2004 from another wildlife rehabilitation facility. She was admitted with trauma to her left eye, and two broken wings. In one wing, only one bone was broken, but in the other wing two bones were broken. Emma was still a young bird, with a few remaining downy feathers on top of her head. We knew right away that she had just been hatched a few months before. Unfortunately for Emma, while her injuries healed, they did not heal well enough to allow her to fly well enough to be released. She quickly joined our educational team and has been a favorite for staff, volunteers and visitors ever since!


Puck, the American kestrel
Bird of the Week #8
August 20, 2012

Puck was transferred to Carolina Raptor Center in June of 2008 from the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, North Carolina. He was brought into the rehabilitation center after landing on someone’s shoulder during a funeral! Puck is a human imprint. When American kestrels are born, they look at their parents to figure out what they are. Unfortunately, Puck was found as a baby and raised by people! Because he did not have the opportunity to be raised by American kestrel parents, Puck does not know how to be an American kestrel in the wild and would not survive on his own. He is now on Carolina Raptor Center’s education team, where he will teach thousands of children every year about the importance of raptors and the environment.


Shiva-Todd SteinShiva, the Short-eared owl
Bird of the Week #7
August 13, 2012

Shiva was found in the wild in Utah in 2007 as a young owlet with a broken right wing. Unfortunately, she was not taken to a licensed rehabilitator, but instead was taken to someone who did not know how to properly care for her. She became imprinted on humans during her time there. When the authorities in Utah were alerted to the illegal rehabilitator, they seized Shiva along with some other wild animals. After the investigation was completed in 2008, she was transferred to Carolina Raptor Center. Her name means "auspicious one."




Aragorn, the Peregrine falcon
Bird of the Week #6
August 6, 2012

In the fall of 2004, Carolina Raptor Center received a call about an injured raptor on someone's front porch in Cleveland, North Carolina. We quickly dispatched one of our transport volunteers to investigate and bring the injured bird back to our hospital. The volunteer was shocked to discover a hatching year peregrine falcon - a bird that would later be named Aragorn. This bird had a very badly injured left wing, likely resulting from a collision. Upon arrival, part of his wing had to be amputated, leaving him unable to fly. Collision injuries are not uncommon for peregrine falcons. Peregrines are the fastest animals on the planet, and have been clocked at over 200 mph on a dive pursuing their prey. When falcons hunt, they cannot take their eyes off their food, which unfortunately results in them not noticing objects like tree branches, cars, and power lines. Aragorn is now one of our permanent resident raptor ambassadors, traveling throughout the Carolinas, inspiring people to make changes to help save wildlife and the environment.

Lana, the Eastern screech owl
Bird of the Week #5
July 30, 2012

Lana, came to Carolina Raptor Center in October of 2004. He was transferred from an animal horehab blog easo.pngspital, where he had spent three weeks following a suspected car collision. He suffered damage to both of his eyes, and his right eye had to be removed. When Lana first arrived in our educational facility we were unable to determine his gender because frequently there is very little difference between the males and females. Through recent DNA testing, we are now able to assert that Lana is in fact a boy – with a girl’s name. Lana is a red phase Eastern screech owl, which means that he blends in better with trees that have red bark; in areas with more gray trees, gray phase eastern screech owls are more common. Lana can be seen traveling to schools and community organizations all across the Carolinas, educating people about raptors and their importance to the environment.


Aletta, the Rough-legged Hawk
Bird of the Week #4
July 23, 2012

Aletta arrived at Carolina Raptor Center in April of 2007 from Raptor Recovery Nebraska. She was found in January of 2007 in a cattle ditch near Mason City, Nebraska, with an injury to her left wing. Unfortunately, Aletta does not fly well enough to be returned to the wild. But, she now has a very important job as a raptor ambassador and travels to schools all across North and South Carolina, teaching children and adults about the importance of raptors and other wildlife. Aletta can also be visited out on our Raptor Trail.


Panya, the Mississippi KitePanya_RussKafka.JPG
Bird of the Week #3
July 16, 2012

Carolina Raptor Center is very fortunate to have Panya on our education team. She arrived at CRC in her hatching year in August 2004 from the Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo. She had a fractured left wing that left her unable to fly well. We think that she may have fallen from her nest when she was a baby. Although she cannot be returned to the wild, she now has an important job educating the public about Mississippi kites and their unique role in the environment.










Dudley, the Great Horned Owl
Bird of the Week #2
July 9, 2012


Dudley came to Carolina Raptor Center in May of 1986 from Palmetto Animal Hospital in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Along with Dudley, came a letter. The letter stated that Dudley had been found originally in March of 1984 as a young chick. A well meaning, but ill-informed family took the bird in and attempted to raise him as a pet. They fed him chicken parts and snakes, mice and squirrels. What they didn’t know is that not only is keeping a raptor as a pet illegal, it is bad for their health. Dudley quickly developed a bone disease called rickets, which means his bones are weak from a lack of proper diet when he was young. Dudley also became imprinted on humans. This means he identifies and recognizes people as a source for food. Together, these conditions rendered Dudley non-releasable upon his arrival to Carolina Raptor Center. Throughout his 20+ years, he has been an ambassador to thousands and a favorite of staff and volunteers.

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Skoshi, the Red-tailed Hawk - Bird of the Week #1
July 2, 2012

Skoshi was found in the Northlakes area of Hickory, North Carolina, and came to Carolina Raptor Center as a baby in March 1988. No history was available but an exam revealed a congenital defect to the left eye and a stiff left elbow. The cause of his injury is unknown, but it is thought that his sight impairment might have contributed to it. Skoshi is very vocal, and he loves to tear pine needles off a branch and often entertains visitors to the outdoor live bird presentations at Carolina Raptor Center. His name means "little" in Japanese because his left eye is smaller than his right, a result of his congenial eye defect. Skoshi is a permanent resident and an important part of Carolina Raptor Center's education programs.

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