Dakini and three other siblings, were orphaned when their nest tree was cut down in June 2006. They were taken to Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek CA and were placed in an artificial nest to prepare them for release. Unfortunately, they were released right before a 10 day period of extremely high temperatures (100-114°F) and were so disoriented that they did not come back to the artificial nest for food or water. One youngster died of kidney damage from dehydration, and by the time the remaining siblings could be rescued, the resulting heat stroke caused brain damage, making them incapable of surviving in the wild.
Anu (now deceased) and Dakini joined our Education Team in 2008. After working with trainer Kit Lacy, they were able to "kite" on cue during educational programs. Kit, a videographer, was able to capture the process and the sisters' unique hunting behavior on video. The team won the 'Behavior of the Year' award at the 2012 conference of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators in Minnesota. Dakini is a participant in the outreach team.
Adoptive "Parents" of Dakini
Paul Wagner • Wyatt-Stone Family • Sue Carbajal • Angela Wyatt
Sophie Miller • Hampton Brown • Harris Painting, LLC
Tina & Joel Butler • Lucas Mirate • The Wyatt-Stone Family
John & Linda Cummens • Andrew Kenny
The Bond Family - James, Eileen, Mark, Kristin, Jeremy, Ian & Wesley