We're working on lots of improvements for our birds, ranging from a brand new migratory bird habitat for the cranes and vultures to new perches and enrichment equipment for the mews. Every bird adoption helps fund these projects!

Falcons & Hawks

Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Mia came to us in 2011 with a wing injury that limits her ability to fly, preventing her from ever being released into the wild. Red-tailed hawks are the most common hawk in this area, building large nests, often three feet around. 
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Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

Hawkeye came to the Sanctuary in 2005. She was injured as a fledgling and cannot be released into the wild because she is missing her left eye. Swainson's hawks have the longest migration of any raptor: up to 6,200 miles from Canada and the U.S. in the summer to Argentina in the winter, which takes them about two months.
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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

Rouge is our newest bird. He came here via Ironside Bird Rescue, where he was admitted with a damaged wing. Since he isn't fully flighted, he can't be released into the wild. Ferruginous hawks are the largest hawks in North America, and Rouge eats a lot of rats. Adopting him helps pay for all that rodent meat!
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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)

Pauli has been at the Sanctuary since 2012. She cannot be released into the wild because of a serious wing injury that eventually led to amputation. Her habitat is arranged with perches she can walk or hop to, since she can't fly at all.
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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Like many of our other birds, Laura came here with a wing injury. Kestrels — unlike most birds of prey — can hover, staying in one spot as they scan the ground for prey animals. Laura is only partially flighted, which is why she lives here. Kestrels are the smallest (and some of the most colorful) falcons in North America.
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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Captain came to us with a broken wing after she was hit by a car. She was an ambassador animal for the Sanctuary for years, visiting schools and helping us to teach people about owls, but she is retired now.
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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Bobby came to the Sanctuary from a rehabilitation facility after being caught in a barbed-wire fence that caused him extensive muscle and wing damage. He was born in 2002, making him a year younger than Captain. The average life expectancy for a great horned owl in the wild is about 13 years, but they live much longer in facilities like ours.
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Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii)

Gimli was hit by a car, damaging his left eye and lower beak. The rehab facility was able to repair his beak, but he lost the eye. He can fly, but with only one eye, he doesn't have the depth perception required to hunt in the wild.
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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Lurch was found with an injured wing and taken to Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, Wyoming. Even after surgery, he couldn't extend his wing fully, so he can't be released. Vultures in this part of the country migrate to Mexico for the winter, so our vultures have been spending their winters indoors. We're building a new crane/vulture habitat where they can live year-round.
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Uncle Fester​​
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Uncle Fester was taken to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman with two fractured bones that had set wrong, making him unable to fly well enough to migrate.
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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canidensis)

Niles came to the Sanctuary when she was about six months old. She had a serious neck injury and was imprinted on humans during her treatment, so she can't be released into the wild. Sandhill cranes mate for life, and they're known for the elaborate dance moves in their courtship displays.
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Big Bird​​
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canidensis)

Big Bird came to the Sanctuary as a nestling. He was imprinted on humans and had a serious injury, so he can't be released. The wild sandhill cranes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem generally migrate to Mexico or the southwestern U.S., and they can cover 300 miles in a day on their trip.
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American Crow (Corvus brachrhynchos)

Poett is here because he became imprinted on humans and can't be released. Crows are excellent imitators, and Poett can often be heard calling out ¡Hola! (Spanish for hello) across the Sanctuary.
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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Edgar came to the Sanctuary with a wing injury. He can fly pretty well now, but can't be released because he's imprinted on humans.
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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Bart is the least flighted of our corvids, with extensive wing damage. He can hop and jump/flap pretty well, which allows him to move around his habitat.
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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

As with our other corvids, a wing injury brought Lisa to us. She isn't fully flighted, but can do better than Bart. The two of them have paired up and can often be seen preening each other.
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