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Feb. 20 - Trinity English Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne - 7:00pm

Feb. 21 - Riverview Middle School, Huntington, IN - 10:00am
Cooper's Hawk

A brown blur, a sonic boom, a fourth-of-July fireworks explosion of birds, red, blue, white, yellow, brown; our Coop was on the hunt at our bird feeders. The recent extreme cold weather had brought out large flocks of small birds and hungry raptors. The immature Cooper’s Hawk had waited motionless in the maple tree for over 30 minutes. She was partially hidden by the trunk and some vertical branches. Using my binoculars, I was able to resolve a brown streaked breast slightly protruding from the branches. Her brown back almost blended with the tree trunk. While she waited, the small birds slowly grew more confident that they were safe. The overly vigilant Blue Jays had devastated the peanuts and left. Blue Jays are always wary, leaving a lookout while others feed. Their noisy calls can alert the birds for hundreds of yards. Now all was calm; now was the time to feed. 

Soarin' Hawk bids a happy-but-sad adieu to Braeden Holle, who is leaving us for an exciting new job as a zookeeper at the Austin Zoo in Texas. Braeden has been with Soarin' Hawk for several years, and excelled at every job he did. We will miss you, but all of us wish you well as you move on to new adventures. Thank you, Braeden!
"All good things are wild and free." - Henry David Thoreau
On September 6, 2018, we received a call about an injured red-tailed hawk on the side of the road in Beaverdam, OH. The person who found the bird graciously offered to make the hour-long drive to bring it to our ICU. 

Upon examination, the bird was found to be actively bleeding from its ear and right eyelid. Antibiotics were given for pain and potential infection. He was kept in ICU until October 13, then started practice flying (called "creance-ing") on November 11, and was released on December 29. We love a happy ending!

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Did you ever wonder what makes owls such good hunters? They have some special adaptations that allow them to sneak up on their prey.

Be the change...

FACT: Since plastics became popular in the 1950s, humans have produced 9.2 billion tons of the stuff. Of that 9.2 billion tons, over two-thirds has become waste. Of that two-thirds, nearly 70% was never recycled, and is floating or lying around somewhere in our environment. "If plastic had been invented when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the Mayflower had been stocked with bottled water and plastic-wrapped snacks—their plastic trash would likely still be around, four centuries later" ( National Geographic , June 2018). Think of that! Four hundred years!

Plastic trash floating in the ocean is tossed around by waves and exposed to sunlight, both of which, over time, break down the plastic into tiny bits. The tiny bits are unwittingly ingested by fish or crustaceans, which in turn are eaten by larger fish, birds, and humans. Often, because animals are not able to digest plastics in any form, they starve to death because their bodies are so full of plastic they can't take in any food. Then there are the plastics that kill in other ways, like discarded fishing nets and 6-pack rings, which entangle and drown or strangle sea life. Some have said that the worldwide problem with plastics is equal to that of global warming.
Thanks to January donors!

L. Dearing, P. Kulesa, S. & P. McInnis, W. Ternet, Edward and Mary McCrea Wilson Fund, Network for Good

Red-tailed Hawk #12302018 (aka Right Orange, per his leg band color)
This bird has made great progress! On January 22, he was transferred out of ICU to our rehabilitation pens, where our volunteers will work to help him regain his strength and practice flying. Once he can fly well, he will be released.

Check back next month to follow this bird's progress!
Read a detailed description of the rescue here.
Pam & Indy
Pam Whitacre

I have been a volunteer for Soarin' Hawk for seven years. I am a retired Physical Education teacher, having taught with Ft. Wayne Community Schools for thirty nine and a half years, all in middle school.  

I have always had a love for birds, but I had never been around raptors before. I was in Wild Birds Unlimited one day, and a former volunteer was in the store with a raptor on her arm. 

KNOW YOUR RAPTORS - Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Like the Cooper's Hawk from last month's newsletter, "sharpies" are an accipiter. They are extremely agile hunters whose meals consist solely of small- to medium-sized birds. Often mistaken for the Cooper's Hawk, they are generally smaller, with shorter, rounded wings, a smaller head, and shorter tail. Adults are blue-gray above with a blackish head, a brownish-barred breast with a lightly banded tail. Adult eyes change from orange to dark red as they get older. Juveniles have red-brown streaks on a buff-colored breast, brownish back, a lightly banded tail and yellow eyes.

Our vet staff and volunteers were able to save this beautiful barred owl's life and mend his leg, thanks to donations 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.