Valentino, a small, dark and handsome male (or so we thought) came to the Raptor Center from the Mt Shasta region of northern California. He had been illegally raised in the spring of 2009 and released at the home of his finders. He continued to come for food and when they called him. When his finders moved, the new residents threatened to shoot him. Valentino was captured and turned over to a rehabilitator, who brought him immediately to the Cascades Raptor Center for assessment in September 2009. Valentino is either a human imprint and too highly socialized for release. He still begs for food from people and would undoubtedly go looking for human contact if released - a dangerous proposition. Valentino is a valuable member of our Education Team. In 2014, Valentino earned the “Most Improved Team Member” award for his continued contribution to our programming. To the surprise of everyone on staff, Valentino built a nest in 2018, filling it with two eggs.
Adoptive "Parents" of Valentino:
Katherine McBride • David & Judy Berg • Isaiah Beckett • Betty Sparks
Maggie, Miles, Caden & Keeghan McMillen • Nancy Whitten in memory of Lann Whitten
Keana Kalikolehua Lopez • Elena Rudy • Allie & Andrew Perez Merritt
Mary Mowday • Shannon Seulement • Danielle Lapis • Brenda Hauglum
Betty Sparks • Kaitlyn Galileo