American Kestrel Female
When she came to the RMRP in 2007, she was suffering from head trauma after an impact injury (probably a car). Like most birds, this small falcon was no match for the vehicle. Because of this injury, she lost the vision in her right eye and has some remaining neurological deficits. In spite of this, this bird managed to keep her energetic and sweet personality, making her a great addition to our educational program.
Due to her head trauma and resultant brain damage, she does not have a fear of humans and often perches on them in her flight. In addition to this, she does not recognize prey as something she needs to hunt to survive. Due to her disability, she could not be released back to the wild. She spends her days as an educational bird, wooing the people that see her and teaching people why it is important to protect these birds and the spaces where they live.