Troy is one of the glove-trained birds featured in VINS educational programs. After a collision with a car, Troy’s severe head injury left him blind in his left eye and abnormally unafraid of people. He was slow to respond to danger and would not have been able to survive in the wild. In 2013, Troy came to VINS to begin training to be an educational ambassador.
The training was enormously successful, and Troy is now one of the most dependable of our education birds. He is stoic and calm on the glove, perching there for a remarkably long time without the slightest complaint. He often visits schools, ski resorts, and libraries during outreach programs, where he is always met with enthusiasm. As he watches the world around him with his huge, dark eyes, it’s easy to see the origin of the phrase “wise old owl”!
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that our education birds have comfortable living quarters, biannual health checks, and a variety of nutritious foods.