GET TO KNOW OUR AMBASSADOR BIRDS
While waiting for your first face-to-face meeting, here are our feathered stars here at the Northern Wings center! Each of them has their own personality, history and experience, as well as their species characteristics, which make them unique individuals and endearing each in their own way!
The Red-Tailed Hawk
Kenya is a 9 year old female, with the temperament of a sociable "old girl". Member of the Northern Wings team, she resides with Maggie, the vice-president of the educational center. The former master of Kenya made her an outstanding hunter with 5 years of experience under her belt. With this talent, she makes an unrivaled demonstrator for educational hunting in order to teach those who want it the basics of the old art of falconry. As the Red-tailed Hawk is native to Quebec, Kenya is our nozzle of choice to also educate participants in the issues of the impact of humans on nature here.
The Harris Hawk
Atlas is our most affectionate bird. He is the ambassador par excellence of the educational program and is back at the Center after two busy summers at Parc Safari. Atlas performs admirably with young audiences and charms young and old alike. Chatterer, it is not uncommon to hear him coo or hiss. Since he is not a big fan of dogs, he will be able to let you know if one of them is around. With his very sociable temperament, Atlas promises to brighten up your day!
The Ferruginous Hawk
With her piercing eyes and her dominant posture, Astrid can seem at first sight very intimidating. It is part of the largest species of buzzard found in North America and South! Its flight method and impressive size make Astrid a fascinating bird to watch. Weighing in at around 4 lbs, it is probably the closest bird by weight and size to the bald eagle, which weighs between 7 and 15 lbs. Astrid likes to move and is an impressive bird to admire as much for novices as for regulars.
The Great Horned Owl
Elijah is a female born in captivity and whose imprint of confidence towards humans is well established and who arrived at Northern Wings aged around 8 months, which makes her one of the youngest recruits of the Northern Wings. Majestic in appearance, she is sometimes stubborn and imposing, but during public events, her presence and plumage steal attention and she participates in workshops in a remarkable way. She makes her trainers very proud and is an extremely patient and photogenic animal.
The Barn Owl
Piper is the first barn owl to take part in our educational component. A little wild, she has a fairly strong temperament but we are in full training and socialization with her; so we're confident that once she gets used to us, she'll be one of our most sought-after stars. Owls require more time to adapt to changes, it is a question of leaving them their space and not forcing things. Piper is currently in boarding school and therefore is not physically in the center. Once back, you will be able to understand why this species is so frightening...!
The Great Horned Owl
Blathers is a 1 year old surplus male great horned owl. He's not related to Elijah, but both play the important role of educating the public about their species. He has a favoritism within the team of falconer and volunteers, his most Favorite handler is Paul, a volunteer for the team! His hoots and chirps can be heard through-out the night, and is not shy to tell you how he feels!
The American Kestrel
Mabel is a 1 year old Female American kestrel. She's a great educational bird to the team and works super well alongside with Dipper, her partner! She's not afraid to catch prey during education or demonstrative flights. she is very energetic and calm around her surroundings. Sometimes, her and Dipper share food together, they both like to "hide" their remaining meals to finish the rest after, it's quite a natural instinct of theirs! We hope that these two will grow their bond stronger to the next step, and someday, have young of their own!
The American Kestrel
Dipper is a 1 year old, passionate Male American Kestrel. Raised at 60 days old alongside with Mabel, he's taken the publicity attention very well! Although not raised as an imprint, he does very well with the team and visitors at the center. Dipper is very close with his partner Mabel. Each day they spend time together sharing food and flying around their enclosure. Dipper like's to remind people around feeding time with his loud calls. Both can be identified of who's-who by the colors of their feather patterns! We hope that someday, Dipper and Mabel will raise young of their own together!