Bird Of Prey Rehabilitation

Birds of Prey and a Cockatoo Too

By Tamara Sevigny

Teddy is a Saw-whet Owl who had the unfortunate luck to fly into a window. The family on the other side watched from afar anxiously for him to wake up. After an hour they carefully brought the little owl to the vet. Even though this was the best thing to do the bird had a permanently injured right wing. That’s when Teddy went to live with his girlfriend Cinnamon and the many other rescued and rehabilitating birds at Wind Over Wings (WOW). WOW is a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation education center in Clinton, who hosted the “Birds of Prey and a Cockatoo Too” program on April 16th at the Groton Public Library.

As Hope Douglas, President of WOW, pulled out the next exhibitor, a teenage bald eagle, from his traveling box she had to remind the room to keep quiet voices. As many were surprised by the beauty and size of the eagle quiet awe fell over the room. “Noah” is just 4 years old. He had fallen from his nest as a baby and had serious head injuries. After intense testing, it was discovered he would never see out of his left eye again. Sadly Noah will be kept in captivity for the remainder of his 40+ year life due to this handicap. But thanks to WOW he will serve to educate many people about his species.

The star of the show was Blanco, a 29-year-old Cockatoo who speaks quite well. He became part of the WOW program when his owner passed away. He had the room laughing at his antics as he rambled on about flying. Hope told a story of his remarkable intelligence. A rescued Heron came into the facility with an unknown injury. Blanco astonishingly told Hope what was wrong with the bird and upon examination by a veterinarian, it was found that Blanco was absolutely right.

The last bird at the program was a Sleepy Great Horned Owl. Like Noah, Sollie fell out of a tree. Unfortunately for him he was taken in by a human and learned nothing of the owl ways of life. The 8 weeks he spent with the human was too long to reverse the damage, for he was no longer fond of other owls, only humans. Now he will spend the rest of his days with WOW.

Hope and her assistant Tami Miglio went on to discuss the lives of all the birds, what they eat and how they live. They also discussed the impact litter has on the environment and wildlife.

WOW specializes in the rehabilitation of Eagles and Great Blue Heron. They offer various educational programs, which consist of bringing a choice of live birds to various locations for educational purposes.

WOW was established in 1990. With the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection, their rehabilitation center and educational services are thriving. Now, with hundreds of programs performed each year their wish of connecting people with wildlife to lessen intentional cruelty is becoming reality.

For more information on WOW or to schedule a program call 860-669-4004 or visit their website at

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