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Roaring Brook's Raptors


Roaring Brook Nature Center is proud to house numerous beautiful birds of prey in our outdoor raptor enclosure. Our mission is to protect these birds and to provide them with humane and enriching lives.

Birds of prey can live in captivity for many years. As caretakers, we need to have the necessary environment & medical attention to support their survival.

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Lend your support to these wondrous creatures.

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Sponsor-a-Raptor Program

Help support our raptors by sponsoring them for yourself or a friend.

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Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

Kia's Story...

At only one and a half years old, Kia was struck by a car on a highway in New Britain. The collision broke two of the bones in her right wing, but luckily a kind hearted man stopped, safely picked her up and drove her to the closest vets. The veterinarians tried as hard as they could to save her wing, however, the damage was too great and they had to amputate part of her wing. Due to these injuries, Kia is now kept as a permanent bird at the Nature Center.

Since her arrival in January of 2015 Kia has settled in very nicely; making friends with the vultures, sunbathing, watching the squirrels, and showing off her impressive size and beauty to visitors.


Ralph's Story...

Ralph is our resident Red Tailed Hawk and has been at the Nature Center longer than any of our other birds. He arrived in 1991, after being struck by a car on East Mountain Road in Canton. The accident severely broke his left wing and it had to be completely amputated. It is unclear exactly how old Ralph is because he was an adult when he arrived but, he is at least twenty five.

Due to his old age, Ralph is now one of our most spoiled birds. Ralph gets his food cut into tiny bite size pieces, most of his cage is carpeted, and in the winter he has a heated box. It’s quite a life!


Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

Tomasina's Story...

Tomasina, the Turkey Vulture, came to the Nature Center in 2001, after being hit by an automobile in the Farmington Valley. Tomasina sustained a serious wing injury that required a partial amputation and she was unable to be released back into the wild. Tomasina now spends her days sunbathing with outstretched wings in the morning and enjoys a large meal in the afternoon.


Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

Nutmeg's Story...

Nutmeg arrived at the Roaring Brook Nature Center on November 7th, 2012 after being found on the side of the road in Harwinton, Connecticut. She had suffered major head trauma and damage to her right eye. Working with our avian veterinarian we attempted to save her eyesight but, the damage was too extensive and unfortunately the vision was lost. As a result of these injuries Nutmeg is non-releasable and she will live in captivity the rest of her life.

Her arrival at the Nature Center was less than ideal but, she has settled in quite well. She now enjoys her quiet home where she eats all that is given to her, plays opossum when she hears someone she doesn’t know, and hides food around her enclosure. She is quite a character and always makes us laugh!


Northern Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

Luna's Story...

Luna, the Eastern Screech Owl, came to the Center after she was inevitably hunting the roads and got hit by a car. With wonderful care provided by our knowledgeable veterinarian we were able to pull her through extensive injuries. However, even with the best of care she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left wing and no eye sight in her eye. Without her ability to be agile in flight and eyesight she was unable to be returned to the wild.

Since her arrival she has truly stolen our hearts, who could resist that face?




Eastern Screech Owl
Megascops asio

Mountain’s Story...

Mountain, the Eastern Screech Owl, arrived to West Hartford CT. This tiny male screech was struck by a car and was sitting on the side of the road until someone finally spotted him. His finders delicately picked him up and brought him to the Center where he received car for a wrist fracture, head trauma, internal bleeding and damage to his eye.

After a long battle we were able to get Mountain healthy again, but not healthy enough to be able to survive the wild due to his permanent wing and eye damage that resulted from his accident. He now lives with Scarlet in their “Screech Owl condo”.



Eastern Screech Owl
Megascops asio