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Upcoming public presentations

January 16: Sonrise Church, 10125 Illinois Rd., Fort Wayne. Programs begin at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30.

Past presentations

December 15 presentation in Wabash. These kids knew a lot!
Diane and Ken MacMillan are now the proud adopters of Skylar and Sheyanne. Their adoption covers the full cost of caring for these two amazing raptors. Want to adopt? Click here.
 What's happening at our new nest?
Soarin' Hawk had a great year of financial support from the community.
Board members continued their incredible support by contributing 44% of all funds awarded and/or received. Individuals contributed 39%, Foundations 12% and other sources 5%.

Thanks to a number of significant donations received at year-end, the “Nest” project is quickly progressing towards a groundbreaking in February. While there are many hoops to jump through, all of the staff in the Allen County development offices and the City of Huntertown have been extremely supportive. 
Stay tuned … for “groundbreaking news!”

Harry V. Owen

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"We all are connected to all that surrounds us. Do no harm." - lynofoz
Unusual visitors

In October and November, "Evening Grosbeaks began to move beyond the limits of their normal winter ranges. Many years, Eastern birders consider themselves lucky if Evening Grosbeaks are seen outside of upstate New York and New England and birders in the Midwest may miss the species entirely, even in decent years. So far this year, data are showing a different story. Since October, birds have made it as far south as Northampton County, Virginia, in the east and Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan have all racked up multiple reports."

You can make a difference!
December 26: A bald eagle died today. A bald eagle died today, despite the valiant efforts of The Black Hills Raptor Center to save it. BHRC is in the final stages of receiving its permit to treat bald eagles but, because they don’t have a permit yet, one of the volunteers drove 6 hours last night to get the eagle to a permitted facility. 

Thanks to December's donors!

C. Anerino, M. Bennett, J. Berner, T. Bucher, A. & D. Clayton, M. Cox, L. Dearing, R. Feller, T. Geers, S. Goshorn, L. Green, J. Hollingsworth, R. Juergensen, D. MacMillan,
M. McCulloch, S. & P. McInnis, P. & R. Phillips, L. Rao, J. Reeg, D. Ritchie, G. Rogers, C. Shook, C. Surack, T. Swim, C. Voors, E. Wilson, A. Zepke, Automotive Hardware Services, English Bonter-Mitchell Foundation, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Freeland Family Foundation, Gene-Stratton Porter Memorial Fund, Fort Wayne Subaru, Staehle Foundation

In memoriam: Donation made by Friends at Parkview Health in memory of Deann Daugherty

Red-tailed Hawk #12302018
On December 30, we received a call from the Fort Wayne Police dispatcher that a red-tailed hawk had been hit by a car on the Coldwater Road bridge over I69. Our rescuers Bridgette and Eric picked up the bird and took it to ICU.

Check back next month to follow this bird's progress!
Read a detailed description of the rescue here.
Gigi and Zeus, the great horned owl
Gigi Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi! My name is Gigi Stewart, and I have been a volunteer with SHRR for 2-1/2 years. I heard about Soarin’ Hawk at a “meet and greet” event, and could not believe that I could actually volunteer with a raptor rehabilitation facility! I had recently moved here from the east coast, didn’t know many people, and didn’t know the area all too well, so I decided to give volunteering a try.

I started out with Avian Care at the bird pens. I fell in love with the birds and met new friends who I now consider family! I have been SHRR’s volunteer coordinator almost 2 years. 

Cooper's Hawk
Those of us who have bird feeders often see the tell-tale signs that we've been visited by a Cooper’s Hawk. Although their primary diet consists of medium-sized birds like robins, doves and starlings, Cooper’s also eat chipmunks, mice, squirrels, and bats. Known for being skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are often seen diving into bushes or dense tree canopies in search of a meal. In normal flight, we see a few stiff wing-beats followed by short glides.

Iris (before, left and after, below), a great horned owl, was in bad shape when she came to Soarin' Hawk, but thanks to the caring cable installer who saved her from the middle of a country road, and the great work of our vet staff and dedicated volunteers, she has recovered from all of her injuries, except she is vision-impaired in one eye. Because of that, she can't be released. But don't despair! Iris will be taken care of for the rest of her life, with help from people like you. Won't you make a donation now to help us save these magnificent birds? No contribution is too small!

Your donation is tax deductible.