Merlin Brandon 1

“Brandon”

Merlin 
Falco columbarius

This small falcon was found in the middle of a road in Brandon, Vermont, after a likely collision with a vehicle. He has a permanently dislocated right shoulder that causes his wing to sit at an odd angle. He cannot fly at all and is a relatively recent addition to our exhibits.
Brandon’s enclosure contains many ramps to accommodate his limited mobility. He has become quite skilled at using a combination of quick hops and flaps to move along his perches. However, he does require occasional assistance from our rehabilitators because he cannot properly preen the feathers of his right wing—he simply cannot reach them! Preening is especially important each year during his molt, when new feathers emerge covered in protective sheaths that must be removed.
In addition to his biannual checkups, Brandon receives nutritious food from the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. Merlins are naturally bird hunters, so Brandon eats a lot of chicken and quail in addition to mice. He enjoys tearing quail wings or rabbit feet for enrichment.
Merlin Brandon 2
Merlin Brandon 3

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Merlin, Brandon, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

$30

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour