This week we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of our resident red-tailed hawks, Taylor. He came to us on June 20th, 1990 from Levittown here on Long Island. Taylor was taken from a family's backyard where he was being kept illegally. Police suspected that he had been raised on a diet of rabbits, snakes, mice, and pigeon. The man who was keeping Taylor illegally reported that someone had given him the hawk at 6 weeks old with his wings already clipped.
Since Taylors wings were clipped and he had already imprinted on humans there was no way he could be released back into the wild. However, from the beginning Taylor was a natural fit for becoming an education bird. He ate almost everything put in front of him (except rats) and interacted with our other resident hawks well. Taylor seemed to take a special interest in Rufous, another resident hawk here at the center. Staff often noted that both hawks exhibited protective behavios when entering their enclosures.
As time went on Taylor became increasingly vocal, often calling out to people as they came to his enclosure. As the staff spent more and more time with Taylor, his personality started to shine which we wanted to share with the world! After months of training, he became one of our star education animals and has gone on to do thousands of education programs all over the island! Taylor continues to be a valued member of our family and we hope to have him for many years to come.