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Roaring Brook's Animals

Roaring Brook Nature Center is especially proud to be home to numerous beautiful birds of prey such as hawks, owls, and a turkey vulture.

Inside the Center, a small collection of live animals and animal mounts
offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning.

To view our Animal Care Wish List, click here.


Our Birds

Roaring Brook Nature Center is proud to house numerous beautiful birds of prey in our outdoor raptor enclosure. Our mission is to protect these birds and to provide them with humane and enriching lives.

Birds of prey can live in captivity for many years. As caretakers, we need to have the necessary environment & medical attention to support their survival.

Please consider being a part of something very special.
Lend your support to these wondrous creatures.

We invite you to join our

Adopt-a-Raptor Program

Help support our raptors by "adopting" them for yourself or a friend.

To learn about our adoption program, click here

For an adoption form, please click here


Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

Kia's Story...

At only one and a half years old, Kia was struck by a car on a highway in New Britain. The collision broke two of the bones in her right wing, but luckily a kind hearted man stopped, safely picked her up and drove her to the closest vets. The veterinarians tried as hard as they could to save her wing, however, the damage was too great and they had to amputate part of her wing. Due to these injuries, Kia is now kept as a permanent bird at the Nature Center.

Since her arrival in January of 2015 Kia has settled in very nicely; making friends with the vultures, sunbathing, watching the squirrels, and showing off her impressive size and beauty to visitors.


Ralph's Story...

Ralph is our resident Red Tailed Hawk and has been at the Nature Center longer than any of our other birds. He arrived in 1991, after being struck by a car on East Mountain Road in Canton. The accident severely broke his left wing and it had to be completely amputated. It is unclear exactly how old Ralph is because he was an adult when he arrived but, he is at least twenty five.

Due to his old age, Ralph is now one of our most spoiled birds. Ralph gets his food cut into tiny bite size pieces, most of his cage is carpeted, and in the winter he has a heated box. It’s quite a life!


Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

Tomasina's Story...

Tomasina, the Turkey Vulture, came to the Nature Center in 2001, after being hit by an automobile in the Farmington Valley. Tomasina sustained a serious wing injury that required a partial amputation and she was unable to be released back into the wild. Tomasina now spends her days sunbathing with outstretched wings in the morning and enjoys a large meal in the afternoon.





Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

Nutmeg's Story...

Nutmeg arrived at the Roaring Brook Nature Center on November 7th, 2012 after being found on the side of the road in Harwinton, Connecticut. She had suffered major head trauma and damage to her right eye. Working with our avian veterinarian we attempted to save her eyesight but, the damage was too extensive and unfortunately the vision was lost. As a result of these injuries Nutmeg is non-releasable and she will live in captivity the rest of her life.

Her arrival at the Nature Center was less than ideal but, she has settled in quite well. She now enjoys her quiet home where she eats all that is given to her, plays opossum when she hears someone she doesn’t know, and hides food around her enclosure. She is quite a character and always makes us laugh!



Northern Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

Harriet's Story...

Harriet, previously known as Harry, came to the Roaring Brook Nature Center in December 2010 after colliding with an automobile in Farmington. This is a common occurrence when birds of prey hunt or scavenge along roads. Harriet was fortunate not to sustain life threatening injuries or lose her ability to fly; however the impact damaged her eyes leaving her partially blind. Owls’ keen eyesight is essential to their survival. This permanent eye damage made Harriet a permanent resident at the Nature Center.

She now enjoys large rodent meals with her house mate, Cubby, and the views of all the children looking up at her in fascination.



Barred Owl
Strix varia

Cubby’s Story…

The Nature Center’s young and spirited Barred Owl, arrived to the Nature Center in September of 2011.  As a fledgling, Cubby was learning about the world around her when she made an unfortunate mistake and flew into a sliding glass door.  The impact caused serious head trauma and damage to both of her eyes. Cubby recovered from her head injury, but was not able to be released back into the wild due to scaring within the eye. This scaring inhibits her ability to calculate depth and would make it virtually impossible for her to successfully catch prey. Therefore, Cubby will live at the Nature Center and enjoy the inquisitive looks of children and adults passing by.  

If you are at the Nature Center at dusk or at one of our evening events you can hear “Who cooks for you” resonating from Cubby’s enclosure.


Barred Owl
Strix varia

Luna's Story...

Luna, the Eastern Screech Owl, came to the Center after she was inevitably hunting the roads and got hit by a car. With wonderful care provided by our knowledgeable veterinarian we were able to pull her through extensive injuries. However, even with the best of care she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left wing and no eye sight in her eye. Without her ability to be agile in flight and eyesight she was unable to be returned to the wild.

Since her arrival she has truly stolen our hearts, who could resist that face?




Eastern Screech Owl
Megascops asio

Mountain’s Story...

Mountain, the Eastern Screech Owl, arrived to West Hartford CT. This tiny male screech was struck by a car and was sitting on the side of the road until someone finally spotted him. His finders delicately picked him up and brought him to the Center where he received car for a wrist fracture, head trauma, internal bleeding and damage to his eye.

After a long battle we were able to get Mountain healthy again, but not healthy enough to be able to survive the wild due to his permanent wing and eye damage that resulted from his accident. He now lives with Scarlet in their “Screech Owl condo”.



Eastern Screech Owl
Megascops asio

Scarlet’s Story…

Scarlet arrived to the Nature Center in December 2013 after being found on the side of the road in Burlington, CT. When she first arrived she was in very rough shape, but with the proper medical care she was able to pull through. Scarlet was able to fully recover from her head trauma and other injuries however, the damage to her eye was never able to heal. She is now blind in her right eye which prevents her release back into the wild. Being blind in one eye makes it extremely difficult for owls to hunt in the wild due to the lack of depth perception.

Scarlet now lives at the Nature Center with her roommate Mountain, a grey morph Screech Owl.



Eastern Screech Owl
Megascops asio

Our Other Animals

Pip's Story...

Pip, the opossum, came to the Center in the Summer of 2015 after his mom was hit by a car while she was trying to cross the road. Unfortunately, Pip along with his siblings were holding onto her back at the time she was hit and only Pip survived. However, he didn't come out of the accident unscathed. Pip, suffered from 2 fractured bones in his leg and despite our best efforts we weren't able to get him heathy enough for release.

Pip will now live out his live as an opossum ambassador here at the Center!


Virginia Oppossum
Didelphis virginiana


Bearded Dragon
Pogona vitticeps


Blue-tongued Skink
Tiliqua scincoides



Leopard Gecko
Eublepharis macularius


Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina


Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina


Ornate Box Turtle
Terrapene ornata ornata


Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina


Russian Tortoise
Agrionemys horsfieldii


Yellow-bellied Slider
Trachemys scripta scripta

Bull's Eye

Red-tailed Boa
Boa constrictor


Ball Python
Python regius


Brazilian Rainbow Boa
Epicrates cenchria


Eastern Black Rat Snake
Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Mahihi, Big Boy & Rizzo

Leucistic Corn Snake
Pantherophis guttatus


Albino Corn  Snake
Pantherophis guttatus


Rosy Boa
Lichanura trivirgata


Albino King Snake
Lampropeltis getula californiae

Peter Pan

Rough Green Snake
Opheodrys aestivus


Australian Green Tree Frog
also known as  White's Tree Frog
Litoria caerulea


Cindy & Sandy

Fowler's Toad
Anaxyrus fowleri

Gandalf the Gray

Gray Treefrog
Hyla versicolor

Joey Jr.

American Toad
Anaxyrus americanus


African Bullfrog
Pyxicephalus adspersus

The Love Bugs

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Gromphadorhina portentosa