Alaska is a male Swainson’s Hawk who weighs about 1 3/4 pounds and has a wingspan of 4 feet. He was shot in northern Utah (near Paradise), in 1994 and part of his left wing had to be removed, he has no primary feathers on his left wing and is not able to fly more than a few feet. He was a full adult when he was shot so he was at least 2 years old in 1994. Alaska was named because Swainson's Hawks may migrate to Argentina from as far north as Alaska making a yearly roundtrip of approximately 14,000 miles.
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Artemis is a female Western Screech Owl who was hit by a car while on the hunt for prey, the most common injury among raptors. The collision damaged her right eye and severly impacted her capacity to capture prey and perch, leaving her unable to be released back into the wild. Named for the Greek goddess of the hunt, this wee predator is now retired from the field and will spend her days bringing joy and conservation knowledge to all whom she meets. As of 2014, we suspect her age is about four years.
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Aymara is a female Swainson's Hawk approximately two years old as of 2013. HWI adopted her from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah after she flew into a large tree limb and injured her right breast. Unfortunately the muscles atrophied before she was given treatment, leaving her unable to unable to sustain flight and be released back into the wild. Aymara was named after the Aymara people who have lived in regions of the Andes for more than a millennium. Swainson's are famously known for having one of the longest raptor migrations each year, traveling approximately 14,000 miles from as far north as Alaska to as far south as Argentina.
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Calurus is a male Western Red-tailed Hawk who weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and has a wingspan of 4 feet. He got caught in a barbed wire fence in California in 1992. He had broken his left wing and it failed to heal properly so he is now unable to fly. He was an adult when he was injured so we believe he was hatched in 1990, if not earlier. Calurus was named for the subspecies of Western Red-tailed Hawks, Buteo jamaicensis calurus.
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Yaki is a female American Kestrel who weighs about 4 ounces and has a wingspan of just over one foot. She was found on May 20, 2002 and left on the doorstep of a rehabilitator in Holladay, Utah. Yaki had injuries to her left humerus in her wing, which unfortunately did not heal correctly. She was transferred to HawkWatch on August 29, 2002. Yaki's name is a reference to the HWI research site on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and commemorates the Sept. 18, 2000 flight of 396 American Kestrels at Yaki Point.
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Kotori is a male Great Horned Owl. He was found as a nestling and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. During his first few weeks there, he developed an eye infection requiring him to have human interaction several times a day. For this reason, Kotori is known as a human imprint. Imprinting is a term that describes how many animals decide ‘who they are’. It is a critical behavioral process in a growing animal and occurs during a period in which the young establish the concept of “parent” and “self”. Taking place early in life, it is an irreversible process. Since Kotori spent much of his critical period with humans, he never realized the concept of being an owl and was unable to be released into the wild. The name Kotori comes from the Hopi word meaning owl spirit.
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