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Meet our Ambassador Birds! These regal and intense diplomats help us reach and teach people about their respective species and their importance to this place we all call home. We currently have 11 permitted ambassador raptors that help us with our raptor education and outreach. Please consider sponsoring one of our permanent residents.
“Roland” – Male light-morph Swainson’s Hawk – Found on private property in Drummond, MT under a power pole. 1st bird in 11 years not requiring euthanasia after sustaining electrical burns. Fused left carpus, missing toe 4 on the right foot.
“Minerva” the Western Screech Owl
(2015 Seeley Lake, MT)
Cause of injury: window collision.
Permanent injury: five fractures in the radius and ulna of her right wing.
“Merlin” the Merlin (2016 Great Falls, MT)
Cause of injury: window or fence collision.
Permanent injury: traumatic partial wing amputation.
“Saffron” – Female Long-eared Owl (300g) – In 2014, she came in as a rehab bird from Superior, MT. We believe she had a collision with a fence and suffered a bad metacarpal fracture. After the bones healed she was unable to maintain long distance flight.
“Vesper” - Female Red-tailed Hawk. She came from Washington State University (Pullman, WA), where she came in a rehab patient as a hatch-year bird. The veterinarian believes someone shot her wing-tip off leaving one wing with no primary flight feathers.
Prairie: This prairie falcon came into rehab after a collision with a fence and sustained a humerus fracture. While he is able to fly, these falcons are precision flyers and hunters so with this type of injury, he would not survive in the wild.
“Frith” - Male Great Horned Owl (1250g)– In 2014, he came in a rehab bird after being in a vehicle collision west of Missoula, MT. Frith’s injuries included a traumatic wing-tip amputation, leg fracture, and head trauma.
“Daya” – Northern Saw-whet Owl (120g) – In 2015, Daya came in as a rehab bird after being caught by a dog. She sustained and eye and head injury leaving her blind in one eye and no prey drive (releases live prey if they squeak.)