Raptor Barn

Raptor-Barn 

Bald EagleShasta400wide

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Name:          Shasta

Injury:  Shasta joined the Outdoor School family in 1997. A poacher shot Shasta, and he lost part of his left wing. As a result Shasta will never be able to fly and so he cannot be returned to the wild. Instead, Shasta became an educator who meets over 4,000 students each year. He helps teach about bird adaptations, and caring for birds.

Special Adaptations:

* Large hooked beak for tearing food

* Extremely strong grasping talons (feet) for killing prey

* Binocular vision to help hunt for food

Diet:

Shasta enjoys a diet of rats, quail, chicks, and fish. The Shady Creek Outdoor Education Foundation and out friends at the Briar Path Co-Op in Nevada City generously provide Shasta’s food.

What can you do to help?

Bald Eagles are an endangered species in much of the United States. A chemical used in farming called DDT was a major factor in the decreased number of bald eagles.  It is now illegal to use DDT in the United States because of people who cared enough about the bad effects of DDT to ban it.  Bald Eagles are now increasing. They are being taken off the endangered species list in many states.  We all can help by caring and learning more about Bald Eagles.

Red-tailed HawkRoja2

Buteo Jamaicensis

Name:          Roja

Biography: Roja joined the Outdoor School family in 2008.  Roja was found next to a highway and we believe that she was hit by a car.  Roja was taken to the UC Davis Raptor Center where it was discovered that she had sustained an injury to her left wing.  Although every attempt was made to rehabilitate Roja, her injury was too great, and she would not survive if she was released back into the wild. Instead, Roja became an educator at Shady Creek where she meets over 4,000 students each year.  She helps teach about bird adaptations, and caring for birds.

Special Adaptations:

* Sharp hooked beak for tearing food

* Extremely strong grasping talons (feet) for killing prey

* Excellent binocular vision to help hunt for food

Diet: Roja enjoys a diet of mice, quail, and Chicks.  The Shady Creek Outdoor Education Foundation generously provides Roja’s food.

What can you do to help?

We all can help by caring and learning more about Red-Tailed Hawks and then sharing that knowledge and caring with others.