Montgomery
Montgomery

Montgomery

American Kestrel
Falco sparverius

Montgomery came to VINS in 2014 after being rescued in the northernmost part of Vermont, almost in Canada. He was most likely hit by a car several days earlier. Montgomery had a fractured humerus bone in his left wing and damage to his left eye from the trauma. After being unable to hunt for some time, he had also started to suffer from starvation. VINS rehabbers treated his condition, but his injuries left lasting damage.

Kestrels are in the falcon family, and like most falcons, they are primarily aerial hunters, preying on insects and small songbirds right out of midair. Although they nest in Vermont in the summer, their diet of insects drives them to migrate south in the wintertime where food is more abundant. Without full use of one wing and one eye, Montgomery would not have been capable of the behaviors necessary for a wild American Kestrel. He was placed in VINS’ permanent exhibits, where he is fed every day by volunteers and is kept warm during the winter with heat lamps.

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our American Kestrel, Montgomery, 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
Color Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal
1 Guest Pass

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
2 Guest Passes

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour
4 Guest Passes