McKenzie, an adult female, collided with a guy wire on a cellphone tower in the summer of 2001 near Spokane, Washington. The injury caused serious damage to her right wing, and despite medical treatment and rehabilitation, she was unable to fly well enough for life in the wild. She joined Cascades Raptor Center in November of 2001 and prefers that her aviary has a bit of distance from guests and admirers.
McKenzie lays (infertile) eggs every year in the nest that her enclosure-mate, Aeolus, builds. Both spend time incubating the eggs, and we encourage this behavior as it is something they would do naturally in the wild. It also allows us to use them as foster parents for orphaned young eagles when necessary, having already encouraged a “parenting attitude” in Aeolus and McKenzie.
Adoptive “Parents” of McKenzie:
The Wilde Family • Linda Schaefers • Connor, Rowan & Lachlan Kennedy • Greg Leishman • Christi Van Deusen & Greg Lusby • Linda Saliva • Ruby Porter • R.H. & Mary Downie • Sharon G Hayden – in honor of Judy Hayden • Mountain Rose Herbs