Nike was rescued on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington in February 2005 by raptor researcher and bander Dan Varland, who had noticed she had an eye problem. Dan transferred her to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast near Astoria OR, with a badly infected eye. After stabilizing the bird and giving it a week on topical and systemic antibiotics, a veterinarian surgically removed the eye, as there was no chance of saving it. Eye infections can be very dangerous, as the infection can travel up the optic nerve to the brain and/or the other eye. When Nike was transferred to Cascades Raptor Center at the end of March 2005, she still required further surgeries to clean the site and assist the skin to heal across the eye socket. Since Gyrfalcons primarily hunt other birds at high speeds, Nike was too handicapped by losing her eye to survive in the wild. She joined the Education Team in 2006.
Adoptive "Parents" of Nike:
Sue Danver • Mountain Rose Herbs
Seneca Family of Companies
In loving memory of Karsten
Colleen & Charles Sanders • Alida Birch
Joe & Alexis Truitt