Falcor came to ARC as a young bird with a severe wing injury. Although we did what we could for him, birds wings heal very fast, and it's hard to correct an existing injury, and unfortunately he us unable to fly. So now he lives with us as an Education Ambassador!
Professor Slinky was found on he ground after falling out of his nest. He sustained an injury to his Central Nervous System (CSN) which caused him to have a "head tilt". Although this looks cute it is a real issue. After months of treatments on supplements, Professor Slinky is able to hold his head up properly.
Moira was imprinted as a young chick when she was improperly handled by people with no experience in caring for wildlife. She is unreleasable because she depends on humans to take care of her. She does not know how to hunt, or communicate with wild kestrels. She is what we call an imprinted bird.
Sparky is a Peregrine falcon. This male Peregrine Falcon, or Tiercel, suffered an injury to his wing, most probably during migration south. He was found, and treated in Alabama. Sparky was transferred to the Avian Reconditioning Center from a respected rehab center for evaluation for release. Even though the bones of his wing had healed, his caretakers were unsure if he was strong enough to survive in the wild, and it was decided that falconry training, and a bit of hunting experience, would determine of the bird was healthy enough to release. Glove training began, and Sparky learned quickly, being a very personable bird, and eager to learn. Unfortunately, he was never able to begin the hunting portion of falconry training. Due to nerve damage, Sparky is unable to grow primary feathers which is essential for flight.
Gem arrived at the Avian Reconditioning Center on New Year’s Day in 2020! Gem was a falconry bird. Falconry training is beneficial in that it helps young birds of prey reach their hunting potential by giving them exercise and experience. Unfortunately, while out hunting in the afternoon, she injured her left eye. Her falconer brought her to ARC in hopes of saving her left eye, but the injury was too severe. Since she couldn’t continue hunting or be returned to the wild, it was decided that ARC would be Gem’s new home.
Ford falcon is an Aplomado Falcon, the only North American falcon still on the endangered species list listed as endangered. He is a captive-bred bird bought specifically to help educate people about this species and sport of falconry. Aplomados are more social than other falcons, such as the Peregrine, and will even hunt together. Ford certainly lives up the social tendency of the species and seems to like everyone he meets. He is very vocal and his raucous calls can usually be heard from anywhere on the property.