Why is she here?
On December 31st, 2001, Columbia was feeding on a dead deer by the side of the road when she was struck by a vehicle. Her right wing was broken near the shoulder and she was admitted to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. During examination, they found that she had a small amount of lead in her blood.
Columbia was named in memory of the crew lost in the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
Hatched in 2001
Ambassador since 2003