The Eagles need FISH.

Our eagles need fish! Please contact us if you can supply Jefferson with whole fish (fresh/frozen). Please make sure that all hooks are removed. Call: 260-401-0134 Email: Info@SoarinHawk.orgRead more

‘Hoo’ wouldn’t love to have an Owl living in their backyard?

‘Hoo’ wouldn’t love to have an Owl living in their backyard? Thank you all for a great response to this story! We received offers from all over Allen County and Northern Indiana. We were lucky that a family that lives very near where the bird was found in Northeast Fort Wayne was able to sponsor his new home. 01232016-easo-1 Was released on 3/8/16. He was adopted by Cindy and Stephen Rahn. “Happy”, as he was named, was placed by Dick Buchanan in an owl box mounted in a tree in front of the Rahn’s house. About 18 people witnessed his release. This little guy, named "Happy" made the front page...Read more

This little guy's death reminds all of us ...

Unfortunately this brave little Screech owl died overnight. He was extremely thin, so starvation and dehydration was most likely the cause of his death. You may wonder why we did not immediately feed him when he was admitted. If a dehydrated, emaciated raptor is fed immediately upon arrival, it will develop what is called "refeeding syndrome". It is a complex problem that also occurs in people and other animals. Simply stated,it is a series of metabolic problems that can lead to death and develop as a result of giving food back to a starving patient. It sounds counterintuitive to not give...Read more

Impact of Avian Influenza on Raptors

On January 14, 2016, a commercial turkey flock in Southwestern Indiana was diagnosed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The strain that was identified, H7N8, is a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza that is unique to Indiana and to the nation. The CDC reports that the risk of illness in humans is very low. So what does that have to do with raptors? In wild birds, HPAI has been found primarily in waterfowl. Wild waterfowl typically do not get sick or die from HPAI, but they spread the virus in their feces. However, other species of wild birds, including raptors, can become...Read more

Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic

We are pleased to announce that Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic now provides medical services for Soarn' Hawk. Look closely at the sign, and you will see that the local raptors got the message and are kocking at the door! http://www.pinevalleyvc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PineValleyVC Please return their generosity by ensuring that your pets are cared for by the fantasic team at Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic.Read more

Slow Motion Video of Bald Eagle in Flight

This slow motion video captures the elegance and complexity of flight. This was taken during a recent flight conditioning flight of a Bald Eagle in our care.Read more
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Red-tailed Hawk shot

Radiograph is of a red tail that has been shot. It is against state and federal laws to shoot a raptor. SHRR is required to report any raptor that has been shot, although it is very difficult to track down the perpetrator. This bird was lucky. Since just the ulna was broken and the radius is intact, the radius acts like a splint and keeps the ulna relatively stable until the ulna heals. The wing is also wrapped to the bird's body to keep the fracture even more stable as it heals. Daily physical therapy consists of unwrapping the wing, gently extending and flexing the wing several times to...Read more

Three Orphaned Kestrels

Early this summer, we received 3 orphaned kestrels from the same location. A gentleman found them one by one in the middle of his barn floor and could not find a nest to replace them in. Unfortunately one suffered a broken leg and internal injuries in the long fall and didn’t survive. The other two we took in and carefully raised them. It is very important when we have orphans that they are raised with as little human contact as possible. If they become imprinted or too acclimated to people, they cannot be released back into the wild. So as tempting as it is to talk to and make over the...Read more

Tail Guards

If a raptor is put in a small cage (for a variety of reasons including rest for a broken bone, neurologic problems, illness such as West Nile Virus, infections, etc) it has a tendency to break its tail feathers or get them dirty. A tail guard made of a light weight plastic, in this case an old x-ray, is custom made and taped to the tail to prevent damage to the tail. A raptor cannot be released with broken tail feathers as the tail is necessary for maneuvering. Nor can it be released with a number of broken or missing flight feathers, which are obviously needed for flight. If flight or tail...Read more