Spruce was first found in 2018 on the side of the road along the north shore of Lake Superior. Raptor Center staff and volunteers selected her name because saw-whet owls live in the northern boreal forests, where spruce trees are abundant.
Palisade was acquired through the generous support of a loyal TRC donor and purchased from Andy Weaver, a falconer who teaches biology at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minn.
Since Nero was raised by people and does not have the skills required to be released back to the wild, he became an education ambassador. He has since taught thousands of people about turkey vultures and the importance of scavengers in our environment. He has been one of our main display birds since 1993
When a Minnesota resident went to light a fire in her fireplace, the sound of a distressed bird in her chimney gave her pause. Suspecting the bird was an owl, she knew to call The Raptor Center (TRC) to perform a rescue.