In 2013, Otis was found in the wild with a severe left wing injury. He was brought to Raptor Education Group, Inc (REGI) in Antigo, WI, where they suspected the injury was the result of a collision with a telephone wire. Although they attempted to repair the wing, it did not fully heal and he could not be released back to the wild. He served as an educational ambassador both at REGI and Wildlife in Need, Inc in Oconomowoc. In early 2021, Otis moved to Schlitz Audubon to continue his work as an ambassador and aid in our message about conservation and this state endangered species.
Hatch Year: 2013
Average Weight: 1–3 ½ pounds | Otis: 1.25 pounds
Wingspan: 40-43 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 13 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years
Fun Fact: Otis is a very vocal Peregrine! When you meet him at one of our education programs, he will teach you exactly what a Peregrine sounds like.
About my Species: Peregrine Falcons are found on every continent except Antarctica and are the fastest animals on the planet, diving at speeds of over 200 mph. Their species is endangered in Wisconsin due to habitat loss and poisoning, but populations have grown due to conservation efforts and the ban of DDT in 1973.