Harris's Hawk Chesterland 1

“Chesterland”

Harris’s Hawk 
Parabuteo unicinctus

Our Harris’s hawk was legally bred in captivity by a falconer who was also a VINS volunteer.  The falconer donated Chesterland to us, so that we would have the opportunity to work with a fully-flighted, highly trainable bird that no Vermonters would ever see here in the wild.
Chesterland can do the longest and most impressive flight demonstrations of any of our birds.  During our outdoor programs, he chases a rabbit-shaped lure (a prop used to train birds) and catches bits of mice out of midair.  He has thrilled many a visitor by flying low over their heads.  He is one of the most energetic birds we work with, and he is often impatient to fly.  Although he occasionally decides to fly somewhere we’d prefer he didn’t—a tree branch during our outdoor programs, or the light fixtures in the classroom—he is eager to return to the glove and is therefore one of our most trustworthy and dependable birds.
Harris's Hawk Chesterland 2
Harris's Hawk Chesterland 3

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Harris's Hawk, Chesterland, 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