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Walmart Associates make a difference.

Just a few weeks ago, 10 associates from the Walmart Distribution Center in Auburn IN dedicated their weekend in service to Soarin' Hawk. In response to our front page call for "more fish" they spent the weekend restocking our supply of fish while enjoying a day outdoors. Not only did they bring inthe fish, Walmart has a program that provides grants to non-profits, based on the number of hours that their associates donate to the community. The 83 hours contributed by these hardworking folks will provide Soarin' Hawk with a lot of fish and $1,000. Thank you Walmart associates and the Walmart...Read more

Sand Hill Crane released back to the wild

It truly takes a village. Through the combined efforts of Wildcat Creek, Indiana DNR and Soarin' Hawk, this Sand Hill Crane returns to the wild today.Read more

from the CLINIC

from the CLINIC - Bumblefoot by Katherine Tate, BS, RVT Bumblefoot is also known as Pododermatitis. Essentially, this condition is inflammation of the feet. Bumblefoot can be a management problem, but can also develop due to an injury. The cause of bumblefoot is due to the bird being in captivity for extended periods of time. This condition begins with the bird placing abnormal amounts of pressure to the feet. The unequal distribution of weight is due to inappropriately shaped perches, incorrect perch substrates, and enclosure layouts that cause the bird to injure the pads on their feet...Read more

Red-tailed Hawk nestling graduates to Hack Box

The pair of red-tailed hawk nestlings rescued in early May have graduated to Hack Boxes. What is a Hack Box? It is a man made structure that provided shelter from the elements, protection from predators, a covered balcony, yet is large enough for the birds to exercise a bit. A Hack Box also has door though which our avian care team provides food (without being seen). As the birds mature over the coming months, the door on the end of the balcony will be opened. The birds will be free to come and go as they please,...Read more
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Baby Barred Owl thrive - inspite of Mother Nature

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Barred Owls - the continuing saga

On May 10, 2017, approaching the nesting sight the small group hoped to find the re nested baby still in the cavity with its sibling. Not disappointed, there they were huddled together and in a quiet slumber. Not for long however, an adult had arrived with a meal, a small rodent (mouse or shrew). She stopped short of the nest and landed in a nearby tree. Carefully observing the area and assessing if we were a threat no doubt. When confident we came in peace and obviously knowing we played a part in getting to feed two, not just one, the adult flew to the youngsters. Over the course of short...Read more

Volunteering at Soarin' Hawk is Exciting & Rewarding

Boy Scout Troop 333 - Raptor & Bats

Boy Scout Troop 333 is the best ! The members of Troop 333 worked hard all day May 13th at the Soarin'Hawk Expo 2017. The troop made nearly 20 Owl Homes & Bat Homes which were purchased by the public. We met this troop back in March after we rescued a raptor at one of the troop member's home. After a successful rescue, they offered their services, asking what they could to do help. The Owl & Bat homes help to Conserve and Protect the Raptor & Bat population of Indiana. Raptors & Bats play and integral role in maintaining the natural balance in the population of rodents and...Read more

Baby Hawk first day at Soarin Hawk

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A tribute to our Peregrine Falcon, Nancy

On May 3rd, 2017, Soarin' Hawk lost our beloved Peregrine Falcon, Nancy. She died peacefully in her pen. Nancy came to Soarin' Hawk Dec. 1st, 2012, from another rehabber, and was added to our permit in 2014. She was non-releasable due to a broken wing that could not be repaired. Nancy was a very nervous bird when she first came to us. She would shake and run from anyone who entered her pen. She became less nervous over the years, by animal caretakers being very patient with her when they entered her pen, and by slowly training her to step up on a glove for food. She had to maintain her...Read more

Orion & Dick at Earth Day 2017

Orion is one of our resident education birds who is being trained to free-fly at education events. While we are not sure if Dick is training Orion or Orion is training Dick, this dynamic duo works well together. Developing this relationship takes dedication. Dick works with Orion nearly every day, all year long.Read more

Lead poisoning a threat to eagles, other area wildlife

Lead hunting ammunition appears to be the biggest cause of of eagle lead poisonings. Veterinarian Dr. Pat Funnell, left, who is president of Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center, stands with center volunteer Bridgette McCue, who holds Jefferson, an American bald eagle. Jefferson was injured after coming in contact with power lines and now is part of Soarin' Hawk education programs. But the nonprofit group recently couldn't save an eagle brought to it with lead poisoning caused by accidentally eating a shotgun pellet. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel) For the full story go to The...Read more

LeadCare II measures lead levels in blood, in minutes.

Blood Lead Testing System. Thanks to YOU our followers and donors who responded to our call for help on FaceBook , Soarin’ Hawk now owns a LeadCare II Blood Lead Testing System which enables us to test the level of lead in raptor blood samples, in less than 10 minutes. Versus the 5 days it takes if we have to send samples to an outside testing laboratory. The quicker we diagnose, the quicker we can start treatment. The LeadCare II manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics is a state-of-the-art Point-of-Care testing system. We are lucky to own one. Thank you !Read more

Eagle dies due to lead poisoning.

We are very saddened to report that the adult bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning died yesterday. He fought valiantly. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to provide the twice daily treatment. All of you were rooting for him and for us and we deeply appreciate it. While I am extremely disappointed we could not save him, we learned a lot. And thanks to many of you, raised money for a blood level lead analyzer that will enable us to get quicker results and hopefully produce a better outcome in the future. On necropsy, we did find the very small piece of lead that ultimately took our beautiful...Read more