While all of our education birds are intended for use in our educational programs, it is important to note that many are still in training and may be unavailable for programs. If you are interested in requesting specific species, please contact us.
Kevin, Wyatt, and Virgil were all captive bred at the CRP. Due to the more social nature of Harris Hawks, these few individuals were imprinted and trained for education.
E3 is often recognized due to his origin as one of Ezra and Big Red’s “E” chicks in 2014 on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s live cameras. Thousands witnessed his hatching and fledging. Unfortunately, he was later found with a broken right wing from a run in with a greenhouse vent. He was successfully rehabilitated but cannot fly well enough to be released. He has been trained as an ambassador for the CRP.
Eleanor, or “Ellie” as we call her, was a rehabilitation case from the Cornell Wildlife Health Center. It is estimated that she was hatched in 2001. She has a permanent right wing injury that causes her to be non-releasable.
Hank was a very young bird when he was found with a right eye injury in 2014. While it is unknown how he was injured, he was left blind in one eye and thus non-releasable. Because he was so young when found, he ended up becoming imprinted on people.
Dean was a chick hatched at the CRP in May of 1998. He became imprinted on people as a young bird and was retained to be used as a breeding or education bird. He is currently in training to be an education bird.
Jack is a rehabilitated bird estimated to have hatched in 2007. He has ocular issues in his right eye which left him non-releasable. He is being trained as an education bird.
Ed was found in 2008 with an injured wing and foot. He was likely hit by a car but, by the time he was found, the bones had begun to heal incorrectly. Due to his lasting injuries, he has a slight limp and can only flap short distances.
Bob was found in 2009 as an injured bird in Ithaca and rehabilitated by the Cornell Wildlife Health Center. During his treatment he became somewhat imprinted on people and, combined with a residual wing injury, caused him to be non-releasable. Instead, he was given to the CRP to be trained and used as an education bird.
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Gertrude was acquired from the Cornell Wildlife Health Center in 2011 with a partially amputated wing. We suspect she may have been injured when she tried to catch a skunk for dinner due to the fact that she smelled like one when we got her.
Wesley was estimated to have hatched in 1995 and is with us at the CRP due to a left eye injury which has impaired his ability to hunt and fly.
Luna and Buddy are with us at the CRP for similar reasons. Both have amputated wings likely as a result of a car collision. Because of this they are unable to fly and would not survive in the wild. Luna is missing her left wing and Buddy is missing their right, and they can often be found sitting together and hiding their missing wings between them.
Oscar also lives with Luna and Buddy, but is fortunate enough to not share their history. Oscar also suffered an unknown wing injury in the wild which did not heal well enough to permit full flight. Oscar would not be able to fly and hunt well enough to survive in the wild, so he resides at the CRP as an ambassador bird.