Newton was hatched in human care in Colorado, and he was only 4 weeks old when he arrived at the Eugene airport on July 2013. As a human imprint, he is highly socialized to people. This species, like all the Accipiters (forest hawks), tend to be high stress birds unless they are raised in human care. Goshawks rarely come into rehabilitation centers, as they tend to prefer not to live near people, and do not easily transition to captivity, if non-releasable. In order to counter condition Newton to things that might be otherwise alarming, he was housed overnight with staff for his first few weeks with us, introduced to dogs, cats, and other birds, met lots of people, and even went to an exercise class. He did his first program before he could fly! Newton is an integral part of the Education Team. To demonstrate the hunting style of Northern Goshawks, Newton is able to catch a small tennis ball out of the air while in flight.
Adoptive "Parents" of Newton:
Diana Little • The Westlind Family • Judy Francis & Mary Carter
Franny Caplan • Pamela Goss • In memory of Ms. Lydia Norton
Paul Wagner • June & Brian Bakshas • Michael Wolfe
Ed Sakai in loving memory of Leslie Nunn Sakai • Alby Thoumsin
Ju Ohana • Bill & Rita Vandenburgh