Our Mission

Wind Over Wings is a nonprofit educational service featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment and who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Each bird is an individual and each has a story. Click here to view a recent interview by 207! [Read more >]

Skywalker ~ Golden Eagle
Crecelle ~ American Kestrel
Zachariah ~ Raven
Teddy ~ Northern Saw-whet Owl
Chrysos ~ Golden Eagle
Cinnamon ~ Northern Saw-whet Owl
Zelda ~ Raven
Pippin ~ Northern Saw-whet Owl
Tanaraq ~ Harlan (subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk)
Queen Solomon ~ Great-horned Owl
Keel ~ Bald Eagle
Cedar ~ Northern Saw-whet Owl
Chaplin ~ Red-tailed Hawk
Tansy ~ Eastern Screech Owl
Loki ~ Raven

Tribute to Teddy-Owl, Saw-whet Owl

teddy_owlWe are saddened to report that the 15 year-old Saw-whet Owl, Teddy has passed away. The life expectancy of the Saw-whet is 7-8 years, so we were blessed with Teddy for 12 years. Teddy was injured in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, when not understanding glass he hit a window. His wing was injured so seriously that he was unable to be released back to the wild.

During his life with Wind Over Wings, Teddy-Owl starred in 2,730 environmental educational programs. He participated in wedding ceremonies, blessing of the animals’ church services, bar mitzvahs, memorials and funeral services. During those programs, I’ve had the privilege of watching the adults and children into whose eyes he gazed. They looked back with joy, wonder, and compassion. Before Teddy joined us, I thought that Wind Over Wings’ purpose was to provide life to these birds who are unable to survive in the wild. While we certainly do that, it was Teddy that taught me something very special. We were invited to a memorial service for a child who was killed in an accident. I sat next to the child’s mother during the service while she held Teddy on her hand. For over an hour this little bird looked into her eyes. I realized that these birds are also here to help us get through difficult times.

As the years passed, Teddy began to lose his sight. How traumatic for a bird of prey to lose vision. We moved him indoors to protect him from snow drifts and the strong winds of Maine. He knew where his food was and ate heartily daily.

We are grateful for the time we had with this remarkable tiny owl. His life was well lived, and he was well loved. We celebrate his life.


Follow the birds and discover ways that education can make connections that lead to conservation and stewardship of our natural world — includes some incredible resources and books for teachers!


We hold regular public events, and they’re constantly changing. Well keep you apprised of them here along with any other events we think might interest you.


A wonderful gift for any occasion, all the birds currently in our care are up for adoption. We’ll provide you with a photo and bio of the bird you adopt!


Cancer is a disease that touches everyone — whether it’s a relative, co-worker or neighbor who’s been diagnosed. During these times, hearing survival stories can make all the difference.


We have created a fund to celebrate the memory of a loved one, and we call it the Teddy Fund. Donations made in a person’s memory will provide live bird programs for children with special needs.


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Make a difference in the lives of the birds in our care! Your tax-deductible donation supports the care and feeding of all the birds at Wind Over Wings. To learn more about each bird, please see BIRDS IN OUR CARE.