Irwin Elementary 5th Grade Learns that Science Isn't Just "For the Birds"

Ms. Holmes' 5th grade class at Irwin Elementary learned about raptors and how human actions impact them. Students investigated the eating habits of some local birds of prey while also discovering how human and avian activities are interconnected with the local ecosystem.Read more
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Kendallville NEWS SUN Covers Peregrine Release

Injured bird returned to soar once again over Emma Lake By Patrick Redmond Nov 19, 2019 Photo Contributed EMMA —Lisa Royal came home one day in late September and discovered a real surprise sitting out of her parents’ Emma Lake house right next door. A large bird of prey was sitting on a woodpile next to her parents’ house. The bird was intense, but injured, and could not fly away. “It watched every move we made but didn’t make any moves to get away from us. It was hurting,” she explained. Royal quickly suspected the bird wasn’t just your average ordinary bird of prey...Read more

UPDATE: Ruby and Houdini are Home!

Our wayward children have returned to the fold! We are so happy they're home! Ruby is doing great, eating fine, and is getting back to being her old self. Houdini is doing okay, but has not been eating well since his surgery. He is being hand-fed to make sure he gets the nutrition he needs, and we hope that being back in familiar surroundings will stimulate him to eat on his own. Thanks to everyone who contributed to give these beautiful, special birds a chance. Please send your positive thoughts to little Houdini as he readjusts.Read more

Houdini Update

Houdini had his surgery today. He woke up fairly quickly and started perching. At this point, it's difficult to tell how much he can see. He will go in for a re-check appointment tomorrow and then again in a week. Ruby is doing great! She is eating on her own and both re-check appointments went fantastic! We hope we will be able to bring them home the end of next week or the week of the 28th.Read more

Ruby's Surgery Was a Success!!!

Today was surgery day for Ruby, our resident Red-Tailed Hawk. Bright and early this morning, Sue H. and Bill O. delivered Ruby and Houdini to Purdue University's Small Animal Hospital, where - thanks to your generosity - both will undergo surgery to remove a cataract. We all were on pins and needles while we waited to hear that Ruby came through the surgery okay, and the results. Was the surgery successful? Is the cataract gone? YES! The cataract is gone, and Ruby is recovering well! We are so happy and relieved! Your generosity made these life-saving surgeries possible for Ruby and Houdini...Read more

A Very Happy Ending!

On February 1 of this year, Ray B was on his way home from work in Huntington when he saw a red-tailed hawk get hit by the truck in front of him. Ray stopped, wrapped the bird in his jacket and called us. As he drove, he decided that it would stress the bird too much to take it home and wait for us to arrive, so he decided it would best for the bird if he drove him to our ICU in Huntertown. After a week in our ICU, the bird was transferred to our rehabilitation facility, where he gained strength and recovered from his injuries. Then, after two months with us, he was ready for release. Ray has...Read more

Surgery Dates Re-Scheduled!

Surgeries have been re-scheduled for Ruby and Houdini. Ruby's surgery will be on October 11; Houdini's surgery will be on October 17. Both surgeries will take place at Purdue University, and both birds will be accompanied by our vet tech, Kat. Please keep both of these special birds in your thoughts.Read more

An Important Update from Skylar

Hi all. I just wanted to let you all know that I feel pretty good. I'm packing on some weight - I'm up to 364 grams - and someone said my keel is a solid 4 out of 5 (I overheard someone say that means I'm not too thin - a good thing!). The mice in the Soarin' Hawk B&B are great! (The chicks not-so-much.) Well, see you all soon. Love and nips, Skylar.Read more

A New Home for Two Screeches

On August 16, two Screech Owls, affectionately called Spaghetti and Meatball, were picked up by zookeeper Stacy and transferred to their new home at the Toledo Zoo. They will be together in their own mews and become a part of the educational program at the Zoo. We wish them well. We also have been able to place a Red Tailed Hawk at Wild World of Animals, a facility in Pennsylvania, where she will travel on one of the many programs they have each year. Another Red Tail and a Cooper’s Hawk are now display raptors at the Calusa Nature Center in Florida. As always, a gigantic thank you to...Read more

Promenade Park Opening

Jefferson, our resident bald eagle, and Bridgette, one of his handlers, helped celebrate the opening of Promenade Park August 9-11 in Fort Wayne. A good time was had by all!Read more

Progress Report on "The Nest"

Our new nest has windows, doors, walls, utilities, and - oh yes! - a raptor weather vane! Moving day is getting closer! Stay tuned!Read more

Screeches Have a New Home!

On Tuesday, July 16, two of our non-releasable Screech Owls started life in their new permanent home at the St. Louis Zoo. Soarin' Hawk volunteers Jillian and Jeanette met Anne and Sydney, two St. Louis Zoo keepers, half way, at a lovely rest area. The little owls were on their best behavior. Jillian and Jeanette had some time to spend with the screeches at the rest area to say their good-byes, then were on their way back home. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who treated, trained, and watched over these two beautiful souls. We all wish they were able to be in the wild on their own, but...Read more

Summit Middle School 6th grade embraces nature

Each teaching team at Summit is encouraged to have a charity to support during the year. We decided after the first presentation four years ago that Soarin’ Hawk would be ours. The kids have embraced it every year. The funds were raised during a Penny War held between our Advisory (homeroom) classes. Scott Shoup , 6 th Grade Team Leader, Student Council Sponsor, Geography Bee Sponsor , Summit Middle SchoolRead more

AEP Foundation Grant Allows New Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Center to Take Flight

AEP Foundation Grant Allows New Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Center to Take Flight Feb. 26, 2019 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Tuesday presented a $100,000 check on behalf of the AEP Foundation empowering Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center to begin construction on our new operations facility. The donation equals approximately one-third of the cost of building the new facility at 17688 Lima Road. “This generous contribution from the AEP Foundation is the final piece of the financing puzzle that will allow us to begin building our long-awaited new ‘nest’ that will provide...Read more

Soarin Hawk Newsletter resumes !!!

Thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteer Lynne O we have resumed publishing a monthly newsletter. Watch for your copy on the first Monday of every month! If you would like to sign-up for the newsletter, click on subscribe now Soarin' Hawk's Newsletter is Sponsored Proudly by Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne.Read more