Our Education Birds

Tamarack has seven Education Birds of Prey that we use to give people an up close and personal encounter they will never forget. Read about our Education Programs and remember we are happy to customize a program just for you. Below you can learn more about our amazing Education Birds.

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Sponsoring an Education bird is a fun way to support the work of the center and our education stars, who due to various injures cannot return to the wild. For $25 a year, you will help support the medical care and feeding of these birds as well as the work of the Center in treating other injured wildlife we strive to help go free. In return, you will receive a 5x7 professional photo of your bird, a color brochure about your bird and it’s species, your name will be posted nest to the room where your bird is housed and you can schedule a time to come to the Center to meet it in person.

Athena - Great-horned Owl

It is with a heavy heart we share that our beloved education Great Horned Owl, Ick-a-Bobbet/Athena, passed away the morning of September 7, 2013 from kidney failure at the age of 16. We are grateful to have known this special bird and for all the lives she touched. We will miss her daily hooting conversations, how she loved the wind in her feathers, and the way she leaned into us while on the glove. 
Athena - Great-horned Owl
As a nestling, Athena fell out of her nest and was found lying at the base of her nest tree. Great Horned Owls do not nest in tree cavities, but use old crow or Red-tailed Hawk nests. In the fall from her nest she had suffered injuries and was taken to Tamarack for treatment. Normally orphaned owls are paired with a non-releasable adult owl to act as a foster parent, however Athena required considerable medical care to treat her head injury and a foot infection at a critical period in her brain development. This caused her to become “imprinted” on humans, and she sees humans her own kind. Because of this permanent injury, Athena cannot return to the wild but has found a home as an educational ambassador. Athena often hoots during programs, to the delight of audiences. 

Jasper - Eastern Screech Owl
Jasper - Eastern Screech-Owl 
Jasper is our newest education bird. In April 2013, Jasper was found injured in the middle of a country road near Albion, PA and brought to the Center for medical care. With damage to one eye and ear, he was not able to be released and required surgical removal of an eye.  Jasper is now healthy, vigorous and a wonderful companion to our grey phase Screech-Owl Willow. With the appropriate state and federal permits in place, he is a great addition to our avian education team. Jasper and Willow each charm the public. Together, they let people see two distinct colors and both sexes of Screech-Owls.

Screech-Owls can be either grey, red (rufous), or an intermediate brown color. There can even be different colored owlets in the same nest. In northwestern Pennsylvania, roughly one third of the Screech-Owls are red phase, like Jasper. Male Screech-Owls are smaller than females. Jasper's wing measurements allow us to determine that he is a male. 
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Jedi - Merlin Falcon
Jedi - Merlin Falcon
Jedi was found in Iowa in 2009 as a juvenile bird suffering from a broken wing and was treated by a rehabilitation center there. Although it is not certain how Jedi received his injuries, he most likely either flew into an electrical line or was hit by a car while focused on hunting.

Despite having surgery to help heal his wing, Jedi is still unable to fly well enough to allow him to survive in the wild. Jedi now lives at Tamarack and is a popular educational ambassador. He is a quick learner, often vocalizes, and has a sassy personality.
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Lady Hawk - Red Tailed Hawk
Lady Hawk - Red Tailed Hawk
Lady Hawk was admitted to the original rehab center back in 1992 when she was less than a year old.  She had been found along the side of the road, suffering from a wing injury.  Although no one knows exactly how Lady Hawk was injured, she was most likely hit by a car, damaging the tendons and ligaments in her wing.

Lady Hawk is unable to be released because she cannot extend her wing fully which is needed to soar and fly adeptly.  However, since 1996 she has been helping Tamarack volunteers with education presentations throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.
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Pierre - Peregrine Falcon
Pierre - Peregrine Falcon
Pierre was found near an electrical substation in Erie, Pennsylvania suffering from a broken collarbone and permanent damage to his wing.  Most likely, Pierre received his injuries after hitting a wire when he was diving after prey. Peregrines can reach 200 mph when diving for prey and require perfect wings to meet the demands of high speeds. 

Since 2001, he has been helping Tamarack volunteers with educational presentations, enabling people to see one of Pennsylvania’s endangered species.
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Sophia - Barred Owl
Sophia - Barred Owl
After being hit by a car, Sophia was brought to Tamarack to be treated for a broken wing. She healed well enough to have limited flight.  However, because the break occurred near Sophia’s elbow, she is now unable to fully extend her wing, and cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild. Barrred Owls are one of only two Pennsylvania owl species that have dark eyes (other owls have a yellow iris) and they have the most vocal variations of any Pennsylvania owl.

Since 2003, Sophia has been helping Tamarack educators with their presentations.  Her beauty and dark eyes are breathtaking. 
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Alice - Cooper Hawk
Alice - Cooper's Hawk
Alice was only in her first year when she was brought to Tamarack.  She was found on a farm in Cochranton, unable to fly because her wrist bones had been severely damaged. Cooper’s Hawks have short wings and long, ruddering tails that allow them to dart quickly through branches in a forest to pursue their prey of small birds.

Alice now lives at Tamarack and has been helping Tamarack volunteers with education presentations since 2003. Formerly named “Spaz Bird” due to the high strung attitude of most Cooper’s Hawks, she is now called Alice.
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Willow - Eastern Screech Owl
Willow - Screech Owl
This Eastern Screech Owl joined our avian education team in 2012. In 2010, this bird and her family of three owlets were rescued from a city park in Erie, PA when the tree limb holding their nest was cut down. Her story received coverage in local newspapers and television. The owlets survived with no permanent damage and were released on Presque Isle once grown; their mother, however, suffered a wing fracture that would prevent her return to the wild. Tamarack has received the appropriate permits to present her in education programs so the public can discover one of Pennsylvania’s smallest and enigmatic owls.

Screech Owls can be either grey, brown, or red (rufous) color. And there can be different colored owlets even in the same nest. They can live anywhere there are tree cavities or nest boxes and can even be found in suburban neighborhoods and city parks, as was the case for this bird.
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Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center

Tamarack specializes in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned and sick wildlife. Additionally,Tamarack provides public education programs and materials on the behavior, feeding habits, and natural habitats of many of Pennsylvania’s species of wildlife.

The injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife depend entirely upon the donations of generous people like you for their second chance at life. We thank those who have assisted in the lives of each animal who has passed through our doors, as well as those who will help them in the future.

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)corporation.