Erie was found and rescued when she was just a youngster, sitting on the side of the road in Ithaca, NY. She was suffering from head trauma, emaciation, dehydration and feather damage. Erie was taken in by rehabilitators at the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora, NY. After some time in care, it was clear that Erie wasn’t going to fully recover from her neurological impairment, so she remained in captivity.
Erie came to VINS in March of 2019 and joined Freedom, our male Northern Harrier. These unique raptors are one of the few that have clear differences in appearance between males and females. While Freedom is all light gray, and quite small, Erie is much larger, and has streaked, dark brown feathers.
Erie became comfortable with her new surroundings and roommate quickly. She often perches up high in the enclosure, allowing visitors a great view of her prominent, long tail feathers.