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“Neddick”

Red-tailed Hawk 
Buteo jamaicensis

Our male red-tailed hawk is originally from Cape Neddick, Maine, where he was struck by a vehicle in 1998. Neddick’s right wing was broken, and the elbow was dislocated. Unfortunately, these injuries permanently impaired his flight ability, and he cannot fly well enough to hunt and survive in the wild, so VINS became his permanent home.
For several years, Neddick was a glove-trained education bird featured in programs at VINS and throughout the local area. He was well-suited for the job because he was highly food-motivated: eager to perform desired behaviors in exchange for food. Neddick was a particularly vocal bird, sometimes treating visitors to a demonstration of his beautiful scream.
As Neddick grew older, he seemed to suffer from some mobility problems. Neddick was retired from educational programs in 2014. However, as soon as he was released into his new exhibit home, Neddick shocked everyone by hopping and climbing right up to a perch, moving as if he had no arthritis at all! Our staff suspects that he feigned injury in order to retire early and enjoy a cozy life on exhibit.
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Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Red-tailed Hawk, Neddick, 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