CASPIAN, Saker Falcon

Caspian is a male, captive bred Saker Falcon. Saker Falcons are native from Eastern Europe to Asia. This endangered falcon is the second largest falcon species in the world. Due to their size and hunting style they have been coveted as falconry birds for centuries. Caspian is a member of our flying demonstration team and also takes part in our endangered species programs.

Hatched: 5/1/2010, Arrived: 8/13/2010

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ARROW, American Kestrel

This male American Kestrel came to Hawk Creek from another rehabilitator in the Southern Tier. Arrow was hit by a car and sustained permanent damage to his wing leaving him unable to fly. American Kestrels have the unique ability to hover in a field while hunting. They are also unusual in the raptor world because they are sexually dimorphic (males and females look different.)

Hatched: Unknown, Arrived: 7/17/2014

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FESTER, Turkey Vulture

Fester arrived at the Center as an egg! Even though we were able to incubate his egg, it had been out in the cold too long which led to developmental abnormalities that affect his behavior and mental processing. Since he cannot survive in the wild, he has become an ambassador at Hawk Creek. Fester is very inquisitive and is enthusiastic about his training and enrichment. His favorite enrichment is heads of lettuce that he can shred!

Hatched at Hawk Creek: 6/3/2019

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BARF, Turkey Vulture

He was rescued by the World Bird Sanctuary, who were notified of a turkey vulture that kept following people around begging for food. The turkey vulture’s natural defense mechanism, vomiting, is certainly unique.  The appropriately named Barf is a human imprint from St. Louis, MO. Since imprinting is irreversible, he will remain with us as an example of the need for proper wildlife rehabilitation training.

Hatched: 5/1/2004, Arrived: 6/23/2005

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CLEO, Egyptian Vulture

With less than a dozen Egyptian Vultures in the country, Cleo is a rare sight. This bird is a vital part of our endangered species education and breeding program at the Center. We have partnered with several organizations in an international search for a suitable mate for Cleo. Vultures in Africa and Asia are critically endangered, including the Egyptian Vulture whose populations have declined between 92%-95% throughout their range due to poisoning.

Hatched: 5/1/2006, Arrived: 5/5/2015

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SHADOW, Black Vulture

Shadow was hit by a car and suffered a broken wing which left him incapable of sustained flight. Since vultures do not have a well-developed larynx, they are not able sing or screech – but Shadow has found other ways to express his opinions to his trainers through grunts, loud exhales and foot stomps! He impresses us each day with his intelligence and inquisitive nature as he showcases how important vultures are to our ecosystem.

Hatched: 5/1/2015, Arrived: 4/14/2017

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