Meet Our Ambassadors
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 and vigorous. With the appropriate state and federal permits in place, he is a great addition to our avian education team. Jasper charms the public.
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. Sponsor Jasper...
Jedi is a small falcon, called a Merlin. She 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 her injuries, she most likely either flew into an electrical line or was hit by a car while focused on hunting.
Jedi now lives at Tamarack and is a popular educational ambassador. She is a quick learner, and typically vocalizes on programs. Everyone loves her sassy personality. Merlin’s are petite, fierce falcons that hunt small birds. Their numbers have recovered from declines in the 1960’s following a ban on the pesticide DDT and are adapting to live in an amongst cities. Sponsor Jedi...
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.
Lady Hawk is the matriarch of our ambassador program. She hops onto an offered glove to go on programs and has reached tens of thousands of people over her career as an ambassador. She loves to take baths and vocalizes when eating a favorite meal. Sponsor Lady Hawk...
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 but and cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild. Barred 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. Sponsor Sophia...
Cooper's Hawk (retired)
Alice was in her first year of life when she was brought to Tamarack. She was found on a farm in Cochranton, unable to fly because her wrist bones of one wing 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 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. As a geriatric bird, Alice is now retired and no longer goes off site for programs, but can be viewed in her aviary for programs and tours scheduled onsite. Sponsor Alice...
Great Horned Owl
In the fall of 2018 we welcome a new Great Horned Owl to our team! This handsome boy hatched in 2013 and was raised by a falconer. Now retired from falconry, he is finding a new home at Tamarack. He vocalizes often, giving clear communication about how he is feeling, and will fly to the glove for food treats.
Great Horned Owls are nicknamed the “Tiger of the Woods” due to their bold attitude in hunting prey and defending their nests. As a male, our new friend is smaller than a female Great Horned Owl would be. He has striking grey and brown plumage. We look forward to introducing him on programs soon! Sponsor Romeo...
In the spring of 2015, this young, handsome falcon suffered a wing injury and concussion. Treated at Sarvey Wildlife Center in Seattle, WA, he recovered enough to fly short distances but restriction in his wrist prevents him from surviving in the wild. Apollo’s curious, inquisitive personality indicated he could be an excellent ambassador raptor.
The name Apollo refers to the Greek god of light, healing, wisdom, and manly beauty. This Peregrine is a handsome, masculine bird who inspires us to have the wisdom to care for all creatures and bring healing to our world. Sponsor Apollo...
Prudence came into our care at Tamarack in October 2017. She was found by a good Samaritan on her mother who had been fatally injured by a vehicle. She was not turned over immediately to a rehabilitation facility, however, and became ill from an improper diet and was socialized with humans and other animals. With proper treatment at Tamarack, she regained her health but was determined to be non-releasable. In December of 2017 we were granted permits from both the USDA and PGC to keep Prudence as an educational ambassador! Sponsor Prudence...