Valentino came to Cascades Raptor Center from the Mt. Shasta region of Northern California. She had been illegally raised in the spring of 2009 and released at the home of her finders. She continued to visit them for food and would come down lower in the trees when they called to her. When Valentino’s finders moved, the new residents were intimidated and threatened to shoot her. Luckily, Valentino was captured by a licensed rehabilitator, who brought her to Cascades Raptor Center for assessment in September of 2009. Valentino is clearly a human imprint and too highly socialized for life in the wild. Valentino is a well-loved member of the Education Team, responsible for the success of hundreds of programs about owls for thousands of people. Until March of 2018, staff assumed Valentino was a male based on her relatively small size (females tend to be the larger sex), when she laid her first egg after eight years of life in human care!
Adoptive “Parents” of Valentino:
Nancy Whitten in memory of Lann Whitten • Sue Carbajal • Frances Munkenbeck • Eliza Bliss • Anika Lawless