In 2006, Conway caused quite a stir when she was brought to VINS: she was wearing a band! The identification number on her band revealed that she hatched in 2000 in North Conway, New Hampshire, about 70 miles from VINS. Unfortunately, she had sustained a severe injury to her left wing, following a collision with some unknown object. The wing was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated at the shoulder, making flight impossible.
For several years, Conway was a glove-trained education bird featured in programs at VINS and throughout the local area. She enjoyed a good bath with a spray bottle, and she often shook out her feathers, much to the delight of our visitors. Her handlers found her to be calm around people and positively stunning on the glove. Unfortunately, she could be a challenge to get on the glove. At times she was quite willing while other times she had no motivation to come to the glove. Because we do not like to force our birds to come to the glove if they refuse, in 2013 we retired Conway from educational programs and she has enjoyed the life of an exhibit bird ever since.