VINS adopted Aurora in 2012 from a captive, conservation breeding program in East Aurora, NY. At the time, when he was just a few weeks old, our staff spent as much time as possible with him from the start, so that he would become comfortable around people and unfamiliar situations. Today, Aurora is fully glove-trained and a crucial part of VINS educational programs, both at our nature center and throughout the local area.
Aurora is an energetic bird with a playful attitude. While perched on the glove, he often stretches and flaps his wings, showing off their gorgeous colors. He sometimes chitters charmingly, especially when he sees his handlers. Always observant, Aurora is often the first to notice a chipmunk scurrying across our outdoor stage. He especially loves rain showers, and will spread his wings and ruffle his feathers when the opportunity arises.