Education Birds

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.

Harris’ Hawk


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.

Red-tailed Hawk

e3E3 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.

rtha_eleanorEleanor, 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.

Red-shouldered Hawk

rsha_007v1Harrison was captive bred at the CRP. He was kept with the intent to be used in further breeding, but is now trained as an education bird.

baldiBaldi gets her name from her unique molting pattern where she loses all her head feathers at once. She is a rehabilitated bird transferred to the CRP from the Carolina Raptor Center.

Swainson’s Hawk

20160910_132151724_iosHank 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.

Northern Goshawk

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.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

img_1010Florence was obtained as a rehabilitated bird in 1996. She was unsuccessful as a propagation bird, but is now being trained for education.

Coopers Hawk

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.

Turkey Vulture

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.

American Kestrel

amke_bobBob 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.

amke_tedTed has a similar story to Bob, he has a wing injury and cannot fly properly. He was brought to the CRP in summer 2016.


Razz was a long term resident at the Virginia Aquarium prior to coming to the CRP in September of 2016. She has a permanent right wing injury.

Great Horned Owl

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.

Screech Owl

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.

Barred Owl

baow_buddy baow_lunaLuna 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.

oscarOscar 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.

Short-eared Owl

Oliver came to us from the Cornell Wildlife Health Center in Spring 2017.  He was found with a broken left wing that has restricted his flight.  He debuted as an education bird for the CRP on June 28!