A member of The Children's Museum family
Roaring Brook's Birds of Prey
To view our other animals, click here.

Roaring Brook Nature Center is proud to house numerous beautiful birds of prey
in our outdoor raptor enclosure.

To meet our birds, click on the following links:

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Saw-whet Owl

Barred Owl

For fact sheets on these birds,
click here

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.

Please consider being a part
of something very special.
Lend your support to
these wondrous creatures.
We invite you to join our
Adopt a Raptor Program

to donate items
that are needed for the birds' care.


Meet Our Birds
Most of the raptors at the Nature Center were hit by cars. Raptor often hunt along roadways, particularly during the winter months as plowed roads provide greater visibility when hunting prey. These birds are treated at the Nature Center or are sent to licensed raptor rehabilitators for care in hopes that they can recover sufficiently to be released.


Red-tailed Hawks
Beteo jamaicensis

Ralph,a red-tailed hawk, is a long-time resident at the Nature Center, having arrived in 1991. Struck by a car, Ralph was found near East Mountain Road in Canton. Due to permanent wing damage, Ralph cannot be released.

To learn more about red-tailed hawks, click here and here.



Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

Formerly known as "Tom", and now correctly called "Tomasina," our turkey vulture is an intelligent bird.  She will solve "puzzles" placed in her enclosure.

Tomasina was hit by a car in the Farmington Valley and is missing part of her left wing. She has been with us since 2001.

For interesting facts on these birds, click here and here.


Barred Owls
Strix varia

Harry and Cubby are barred owls, our most common large owl. Harry was hit by a car in December 2010. Cubby flew into a glass door as a fledgling in July 2011. Both birds sustained eye injuries that prevented their return to the wild. Listen for the "who cooks for you" calls of barred owls in our woodlands.

There are several pairs of barred owls nesting in Werner's Woods and along the Onion Mountain ridge.

To learn more about barred owls, click here.
To hear a barred owl calling, click here.


Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

Our smallest Connecticut owl, saw-whet owls are more often encountered in winter when numbers may be pushed south into southern New England in search of food. Their small size makes detection difficult. There are records of nesting saw-whets in northwestern Connecticut.

Nutmeg, our saw-whet, was hit by a car in Harwinton and has been at the Nature Center since Fall 2012.

To learn more about saw-whet owls, click here and here.


1982 - 2013

Shawnee, a male Bald Eagle who amazed and delighted Nature Center visitors for almost twenty years, passed away on March 31st.  The cause of death was an infection in the brain. 

Shawnee hatched in Minnesota in 1982.  It is not known how he lost his right eye.  Shawnee was at the Baltimore Zoo when he was acquired by a raptor rehabilitator from Connecticut along with a one-winged female eagle named Sioux. Both eagles were transferred to the Nature Center in the summer of 1993.  Sioux died in 2008.  As per United States Fish and Wildlife Service policy, Shawnee’s remains will be shipped to the government Bald Eagle Repository in Colorado. 

The Nature Center sends it appreciation to the many volunteers who have cared for Shawnee over the years, as well as to Dr. Joe Giangarra of Mountain Lore Animal Hospital in Southington, who provided veterinary care to Shawnee over the past two years.



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

Donation Catagories:

$100 per year

Receive an up-close experience with your adoptee, a personal tour of Raptor Central, and one year's free admission for two to the Nature Center, as well as other benefits listed below.

$75 per year

Receive an up-close experience with your adoptee and a personal tour of Raptor Central, as well as other benefits listed below.

$50 per year

All categories include an adoption certificate, protrait of "your" bird, their story, species information, and seasonal updates from Raptor Central.

For an Adopt-a-Raptor form, click here or call the Nature Center at 693-0263 to learn more.


RBNC Raptor Wish List

  • Large Freezer Baggies
  • Simple Green Cleaner (environmentally friendly cleaner)
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Metal, Heavy Duty Scrub Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Polipro Towels and Blankets
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Heavy Duty Brown or Green Tarps
  • Galvanized Wire Mesh (1/2” to 1” Openings)
  • Green Plastic Artificial Turf
  • Manila or Sisal Rope (1/4” and 3/8”)
  • Power washer
  • Cordless Drill
  • Pressure Treated Plywood and Lumber
  • 12 Foot or Taller Ladder
  • Vet Wrap
  • Lactated Ringer’s and Saline Rinse
  • Vet Incubator
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Stethoscope
  • Large plastic garbage bags

For a print out of this list, click here.