Parker was brought to the Raptor Center hospital after being found by well-intentioned, but misguided community members who, we assume, hand reared him. He immediately exhibited uncommon behaviors for a wild bird, such as perching at the front of his carrier to watch the humans in the room with curiosity instead of (more appropriately) fear. He was unusually tolerant during patient treatments as well. Due to his behavioral abnormalities and a deformed talon on an important hunting toe, staff decided to assess him for his potential as an educational ambassador on the Education Team. Parker is a quick learner, has an affable personality and an unwavering interest in sharing his personal space with staff members. For exercise and fun, he works with his trainers on his hovering skill, a natural behavior that American Kestrels use in the wild while hunting in open fields.
Adoptive “Parents” of Parker:
William Rickenbach • Patricia & James Adams • Parker Charbonneau • Lydia Sellers • Rachel Richardson • Kate Kane • Nancy Edmondson • Diana Little • Joan Schwarze • Siena Buchanan • Seneca • Bode Trangsrud • Byfield-Galka Family • Makai Heyerman • Raghuveer Parthasarathy • Lee Ann Zajicek • Deb & Mike Bachwansky • Jack & Gloria Clark • Tristan Downing & Holli Black • Saoirse & Tim Shannon & Michele Deisering • Paul Downen • Glen Sherman • Joan Schwarze • Skylar Parker • Mikki-Lee Williams & Aydin, Aaron & Austyn