Spuds“Spuds,” a Bald Eagle, flew into a power line near the Winfield Dam in January of 1988. This resulted in a wing injury that could not be repaired, prompting partial amputation of the wing. Spuds is a female believed to be born in 1987, and has remained at TreeHouse since her injury. Spuds is easily identifiable due to her vocal nature.
Spuds is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Hope“Hope,” a Bald Eagle, was found in Good Hope, Illinois (north of Macomb) on February 10th, 2010. She had been shot in the wing which resulted in a fracture. The fracture site was close to the “elbow” joint so it could not be repaired. She was approximately 3-4 years of age at the time of admittance to TreeHouse.
Hope is sponsored in Honor of Chandra Ann Jeanette Bosler.
Mac"McGwire" (Mac), a Bald Eagle, is the smallest eagle at TreeHouse. Mac was found on the ground in Fosterburg in the spring of 1997 after he apparently flew into a power line, breaking off the end of his wing which is the equivalent of our human hand.
Mac is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Ozzy"Ozzy", a Bald Eagle after being found in January of 2015 in Godfrey, IL. It was discovered that she had an old injury to her wing that left her disabled in flight. She is generally seen sitting on the highest perches in the enclosure.
Ozzy is available for sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Emrys“Emrys” came to TreeHouse on March 18, 2015 after being hit by a car off of Route 37 just south of Salem, IL. His right wing was broken at the wrist joint and unfortunately the spot had to be amputated. A brave and curious bird, he quickly adapted to life in captivity and likes to interact with the staff and volunteers. He is TreeHouse’s first Bald Eagle to be trained as an educational outreach bird.
Emrys is sponsored by the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery.
Bandit“Bandit,” an Osprey, was found in Granite City in mid-October 2013 and most likely was injured after flying into a power line which resulted in a debilitating separated shoulder. Ospreys are notoriously picky eaters in captivity and are rarely seen in educational displays, but this youngster seems to have adjusted well.
Bandit is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Cirrus"Cirrus" is a light-phase Red-tailed Hawk admitted in early 2018 as a juvenile from Scott Air Force Base. She has a clean wrist amputation from an unknown source. She will reside at TreeHouse and is an education program ambassador.
Cirrus is sponsored by Susan Rollins in memory of her mother, Dorothy Jackson.
Hershey"Hershey," a dark phased Red-tailed Hawk, was admitted on March 8th, 1997 from Mascoutah with two open fractures on the right wing that could not be repaired.
Hershey is sponsored by Christine Casten in memory of Lee Casten, who loved to tell his hawk story.
Luke"Luke," a Red-tailed Hawk, was admitted as a juvenile from Alton on May 28, 2011 after sustaining a fracture to the right wing which could not be repaired.
Luke is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Socks"Socks," a Rough-legged Hawk, was admitted to TreeHouse on February 12, 2004 from Litchfield after being hit by a car, causing a fracture to her left leg. The leg injury healed well, but to our disappointment, Socks sustained a disabling wing injury while in release training.
Due to slight plumage (feather) differences in sexes, we believe Socks to be female.
Socks is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
MaorgaMaorga, a Peregrine Falcon, was found alongside the road in October 2019. She was suffering from a wing injury that could not be repaired and had to be partially amputated, leaving her unable to fly. Maorga is an education outreach ambassador.
Maorga is sponsored by Mary Morrison.
Aspen"Aspen", an American Kestrel, was brought to TreeHouse in the spring of 2017 after falling out of her nest. Unfortunately her rescuers had her for close to two weeks before they brought her in. She is physically healthy, but she is imprinted on humans. She is an education program ambassador.
Aspen is sponsored by Julie Whitmire.
Isaac Newton“Isaac Newton,” a Turkey Vulture, was admitted to TreeHouse on May 29, 2014 from Palmyra, IL as a nestling. He was found after his nest was accidentally destroyed during the demolition of an old farmhouse. Isaac had a wing and neck injury from the accident which required a lot of care for him to recover but unfortunately he became human imprinted. Isaac is quite the character and often will come up to greet guests.
Isaac is sponsored by Col Stephen Miller.
Karion“Karion”, a Turkey Vulture, was admitted on November 13, 2014 from Shobonier, IL. Her wing was broken near the elbow joint and could not be repaired leaving her unable to fly very well. She works as a foster parent to help raise young Turkey Vultures.
Karion is sponsored by Eric Bloemker in honor of his sister, Karen.
Igor“Igor,” a Turkey Vulture, came to TreeHouse on November 29, 2011 from Effingham, IL when he was found with an old wing injury. Unfortunately, the wing could not be fixed and he was left unable to fly. A shy bird, Igor usually spends his time inside the vulture house.
Igor is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Einstein“Einstein,” a Turkey Vulture, was born in the spring of 2011 is a human imprint – raised by humans and therefore unable to live in the wild. She is known as the diva of our center as she loves to show off and interact with guests.
Einstein is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Ed“ED,” the American White Pelican, was admitted to Treehouse in November of 2013 from Taylorville, IL. He had a fractured wing that could not be repaired and had to be partially amputated. He also was suffering from a parasite infection. Ed’s sassy attitude makes him a favorite among volunteers.
Ed is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Penelope"Penelope", the American White Pelican came from Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation center in Indiana on June 20th, 2016. She had been declared non-releasable due to being partially blind. They had heard we had a lonely pelican so decided to transfer her to us to see if Ed would like her. As long as fish isn't involved, they seem to get along.
Penelope is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Stevie“Stevie,” a Great Horned Owl, has been a resident of TreeHouse since March of 2000 after he was found on the ground of a Palmyra, Illinois car dealership suffering from a head injury. As a result, he is partially blind. If you do a good impression of a Great Horned Owl vocalization, Stevie will answer you back.
Stevie is sponsored by Lee Ann Kaskutas.
Howie“Howie,” a Great Horned Owl, came to TreeHouse in the winter of 2014 after being found unable to fly in the backyard of a family in Glen Carbon, IL. She was suffering from a wing injury and starvation and was deemed unreleasable. Howie can generally be seen sitting in the nest box, where she hoards her food during the evening. She works as a foster parent for young Great Horned Owls.
Howie is available for sponsorship through the Guardian Program.
Owlbert“Owlbert,” a Great Horned Owl, was admitted to TreeHouse on May 17, 1996 from Palmyra, Illinois. He had been raised from a chick by a person and became imprinted. His diet wasn’t balanced which caused him to develop rickets. Rickets is caused by a lack of calcium in the diet (especially in growing birds), which causes the bones to become soft and prone to bending and breaking. Owlbert is housed by himself due to his territorial nature. He is trained as an outreach bird.
Available for sponsor
Jack"Jack", the Barred Owl was admitted on October 28, 2011 from Carrollton after being hit by a car and sustaining a permanently injured eye. This bird is used as a foster parent to raise orphaned Barred Owls and is very protective of any owlets that are put in his care. Want to hear him talk? He often responds to recordings of Barred Owl calls!
Jack is sponsored by Matt Glenn.
Heady"Heady," a Barred Owl, was found September 15, 2015 on the side of the road in Pleasant Hill, IL. It was believed that he had been hit by a car, causing blunt trauma and ultimately the loss of one of his eyes. Because of this, he was unable to be released back into the wild. Heady is a very curious bird and is known to get very excited during feeding time.
Heady is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Chili“Chili,” a Barred Owl, was found on the side of the road between Freeburg and Athens in June of 2015 after a family had noticed him 24 hours before. He has a permanent injury to his left wing and can no longer fly. Chili is considered the most "chill" owl we have. He is an outreach bird.
Chili is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Kasper“Kasper,” a Barn Owl, was admitted on March 25, 2012 after being shot near the Kaskaskia River, permanently damaging his wing. Kasper is an education bird and travels with us to outreach programs as a species ambassador. Having trouble spotting him? During the day, if he is not away for a program, he likes to hideout in his nest box.
Kasper is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Buddy“Buddy”, is a gray-phase Screech Owl that was admitted to TreeHouse on November 6, 2010. He had been hit by a car in Carlinville and “rode the grill” until he was discovered after the car was parked. The owl sustained a fractured right humerus (the same bone as our upper arm), which could not be repaired.
Buddy is sponsored by Brenda and Bryon.
Leia“Leia”, a gray-phase Screech Owl, suffered the loss of an eye due to a car accident. She is a shyer bird and can generally be found hanging out in the nest box keeping to herself.
Leia is sponsored by Patrice Vaeth.
BoBo-NoBo"BoBo-NoBo", a red-phase Screech Owl, was admitted in November 2017. He had been hit by a car in Carlinville and “rode the grill” until he was discovered. He sustained a fractured right humerus, which could not be repaired.
He is sponsored by Michelle Camarena in memory of her mother.
Chuckles"Chuckles", a Red Fox, was admitted from St. Libory on April 7, 2007. She had been caught and shaken by a dog as a tiny kit and was severely injured. She recovered from her physical injuries but exhibits unusual behaviors that indicate permanent neurological injury, including her trademark “laugh.” A video of Chuckles can be seen via YouTube. Chuckles is a wonderful foster parent for orphaned Red Foxes.
Chuckles is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Dorian"Dorian", a Gray Fox was transferred from a private center in North Carolina in August 2019. Volunteers drove for three days round trip before hurricane Dorian hit the area to bring him back to TreeHouse.
Dorian is available for sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Utah"Utah", a Silver Fox was transferred from a rehab center in Utah in 2019. He was found running with a pack of dogs in the desert. It is believed he was a pet as he was neutered.
Utah is available for sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Vixey"Vixey", a Red Fox was transferred from a center in Michigan in 2019. She suffers from neurological damage from head trauma.
Vixey is available for sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Nyx"Nyx", a Bobcat was found near Peoria walking on the highway by herself, Nyx eventually found her way to TreeHouse. Socialized to people by the time she arrived at our clinic and we could find no other bobcat kittens for her to bond with instead. We tried to raise her wild anyway but she became depressed without any interaction so it was decided she would become an ambassador.
Nyx is is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Rizzo"Rizzo", a Bobcat, came to TreeHouse from a facility in North Carolina in August 2019. Socialized to people, he can't return to the wild. Volunteers drove for three days round trip before hurricane Dorian hit the area to bring him back to TreeHouse.
Rizzo is is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Apache"Apache" the Coyote was hit by a vehicle in September 2015 in Fairview Heights which resulted in both of his front legs being broken. His right front leg was broken more severely near the "elbow" joint so he cannot run full speed, or if he tries, he limps for a little bit afterwards. You cannot even tell he has a disability when he walks. He was declared non-releasable since he can't run well enough to catch prey or escape danger. He has become best friends with Zuni.
Zuni"Zuni" the Coyote was admitted in the spring of 2011 as an orphan. She was already human socialized by the time she came to our center and so could not be released back into the wild.
Zuni is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Murray"Murray" the Groundhog was admitted in 2015 after being found wobbling around in a yard in Belleville. After spending months in our hospital and then a release attempt, it was determined that Murray had permanent neurological damage leaving her unable to walk correctly and safely navigate large spaces. She now lives a comfortable life as a permanent resident and weather predictor.
Murray is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Murray II (Jabba)"Murray II (Jabba)", the Groundhog was admitted as an orphan in the spring of 2016. He was raised with other young groundhogs who were able to be released but strangely he never had a fear of humans. Due to his friendly nature, he is now in training to be an ambassador for his species.
Murray II (Jabba) is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Reptiles & Amphibians
Sandy"Sandy," the Axolotl was donated to our center from a hobbyist in St. Louis in 2015. Sandy is an ambassador for amphibians in our education center.
Sandy is sponsored by Mary Rotz in memory of Sandy Konopelski.
Pepper"Pepper", a wild type Axolotl was donated in January of 2016 from a hobbyist in St. Louis as a larva. Over the months, visitors were able to witness her growth from a legless larva to an adult. When she was big enough, she was introduced to our leucosticte axolotl, Sandy.
Pepper is Sponsored by 2018's Girl Scout Troop 819.
Bubbles"Bubbles," the African Side-necked turtle, was donated to our center from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville after the professor who kept him for education had retired in 2014. He is now a resident in our education center.
Bubbles is sponsored by Lyla and Dylan Blackburn in memory of Ashley Lamparter.
Tucker"Tucker", the Yellow Mud Turtle, was donated to our center from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville after the professor who had kept him retired in 2014. He is now a resident in our education center.
Tucker is sponsored by Louis & Jack Yates.
Marti"Marty" the Eastern Box Turtle was admitted to our center several years ago after being hit by a car and losing one of her back legs. She is a resident in our education center.
Marty is sponsored by Brenda and Bryon.
Houdini"Houdini", the Eastern Box Turtle, was admitted to our center in 2013 after being hit by a car and losing one of his back legs. He is a resident in our education center. Houdini was named for his ability to disappear in his enclosure.
Houdini is sponsored by David and Kathryn Dobrinic in honor of their great grandchildren.
Oliver"Oliver" the Red-eared Slider, was donated with the Turtle Tank in 2019.
Oliver is available for sponsorship through the Guardian Program.
Slinky"Slinky" the Plains Garter Snake had been donated several years ago from a student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville who had kept him for research. He is a resident in our education center.
Slinky is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Hazel"Hazel", the Western Hognose Snake was a DNR confiscation case. Western Hognose Snakes are state threatened and thus individuals must have permits to keep the snakes as pets. Hazel is now an ambassador in training.
Hazel is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Nagini"Nagini", a California Kingsnake, was donated to TreeHouse as an Education Ambassador in 2019.
Nagini is available for Sponsorship through our Guardian Program.
Meet our wildlife ambassadors! All of our permanent resident birds and mammals are native rescues who were injured in a way that prevented them from being able to return to the wild. Scroll over the pictures to learn more about our resident wildlife!