Our Northern Harrier was transferred to VINS in 2003 after being treated at an Avian Haven in Freedom, ME, as a young bird. The tip of his right wing is missing and some of the remaining feathers have permanent follicle damage, after an accident with a tractor on a farm field, resulting in his limited flight ability.
Of all our permanent residents, Freedom has needed the most medical attention in recent years. He is prone to a foot condition called bumblefoot, which caused him to develop a wound which required daily care for many months. In his aviary, Freedom has a variety of perching surfaces of different sizes and textures to prevent future foot problems for this grassland hunter.