Nike was found on Long Beach Peninsula in Washington in February 2005 by raptor researcher and bander, Dan Varland, who noticed she had damage to her left eye. The Wildlife Center of the North Coast near Astoria, Oregon, treated her with antibiotics, but the severity of the infection lead to the eye’s removal. Since Gyrfalcons primarily hunt other birds at high speeds, Nike’s disability left her unable to survive in the wild. She was transferred to Cascades Raptor Center in March of 2005. During the day it’s common to see Nike “wing rowing” – holding onto her perch with her feet while vigorously flapping her wings. This is a common behavior among raptors, especially falcons, to help build muscle and stay in top physical condition.
Adoptive “Parents” of Nike:
Owens Kuiper Family • Tessla & Finn • Sing & David Tam • Linda Schaefers • Taylor & Eric Lesner • Paul Wagner • The Plue Family • Jim Robinson • Joseph & Alexis Truitt