As a juvenile, Grafton was taken to a rehabilitator in Lyme, NH, after suffering from a collision in Grafton, NH. In addition to a fractured wing and toe, Grafton also had a fractured and misaligned beak. This made it impossible for her to tear food, which is necessary for any wild raptor, so she was declared non-releasable and came to VINS to live as an exhibit bird in 2007.
For years, our rehabilitation staff would carefully cut Grafton’s food into bite-sized pieces. After seven years in our care, Grafton’s misaligned beak finally healed, and today she can eat normally. Grafton will always be non-releasable, due to her many years at VINS habituating her to humans, and our rehabilitators continue to carefully monitor her beak during the biannual health checkups. Grafton is very vocal and will often “share” her dining experience with visitors at the front fence!