The Talon Trust has several resident raptors. These birds suffered injuries that deemed them unreleasable back into the wild. Many of the birds become ambassadors for our educational programs. Learn more about our residents below.

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    Jack came to us in the winter of 2017-18.  He had been shot by someone. The vet found steel shot in several places in his body, and he has lost an eye and cannot fly. Jack is a really sweet guy.  He will be starting training with one of our volunteers so he can join us and our other raptor ambassadors in programs by the end of the year.

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    Would you just look at that stink eye?!  Like a true eastern screech owl, this little gal packs a lot of attitude into her tiny little body, but she is a big sweetheart. Silvey came to us in April 2018 from the Soarin' Hawk Raptor Center in Ft. Wayne, IN.  They rescued a lot of eastern screech owls over the winter that were not releasable, so she gets to join our team.  She has a mandible injury that did not heal properly, so her bottom portion of her beak does not align with the top.  She also has some eye damage.  She is currently in training with one of our volunteers to getting ready for programs.  Look for her soon!

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    Little Grey was found on the side of the road with a severe concussion in 2017, presumably from a car collision. As a results she was left with eye damage and a broken wrist. She is almost flighted, but not enough to gain altitude to hunt properly. So she has joined our educational program team.. 'Though she be little she is fierce' is the perfect quote for this little gal.

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    Pippin came to us in 2016, after having a collision with something that left him with a broken wrist that didn't heal properly so he is unable to fly.  He is a big personality (he is a Kestrel, after all!), and is part of our educational program team.

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    Luta was found on the ground in the Newburgh area in 2016 as a juvenile in her first spring. She had a collision with something unknown that left her with a broken left wing that did not heal properly, thus she cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild. She has been trained to the glove and is now part of our educational program team. Luta is Lakota for “red”.

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    Hattie had a collision with a car in central Indiana in 2007. She damaged the tip of her left wing and now cannot gain altitude in flight.  Hattie is named after Liz and Chris Hatton, rehabilitators that nurtured her back to health in north central Indiana. She was a haggard bird when she was injured, meaning old and set in her ways. She is our most fierce predator, yet she is a big turkey! You'll find her perched at the top of her favorite ladder making an owl totem pole with her 'mew'-mate Kat.

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    Banshee was injured in a collision with a car in the Evansville area in 2003.  His left shoulder is permanently dislocated so he cannot fly.  Banshee is at least 15+ years old, and is retired from public programs. He doesn’t like doing them, and lets us know with an ear piercing, headache-inducing scream.  It is quite distracting to the audience while we are trying to conduct a program. He’s good at reminding us that at his age he should be retired, so we've respected his wishes.

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    Atticus was found as a juvenile bird in his first spring on the ground after a car collision in Evansville in 2016, which left him with permanent eye damage and partial blindness. He has been trained and is now part of our educational program team.

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    Luna suffered a collision with a car in the Evansville area in 2007. She is fully flighted, but is handicapped for hunting due to the resulting blindness in her right eye. She sees well in her other eye, however, and trains it in a glaring stare on anything that looks unpleasant.  She is trained to do programs, and furthermore insists on stardom treatment, as any diva would. She is cool, calm, and collected in programs, and strives to give the appearance that nothing can ruffle her feathers.

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    Hoot was found on the ground in the Evansville area in 2012. Having just fledged the nest, he could not perch or hunt properly due to a deformed left foot, which did not form properly below the ankle. He doesn't do programs yet, so his main occupation is to beg for food (as all teenagers do), and pester his 'mew'-mate Luna.