Releasing rehabilitated birds back in to the wild is an amazing experience! Adult birds are typically released back from the area from which they came. They know the hunting grounds well and may even have a mate waiting for them! Orphans can be released just about anywhere there is suitable habitat for them. 

 

Barred Owl Release #05072018

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Bald Eagle Release #02252018

On a beautiful sunny day at Eagle Marsh in front of an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers, this eagle soared out of his crate after spending 110 days with us. As you can tell from the video he was more than ready and happy to be back at home!Read more
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Bald Eagle To Be Released Thursday - WFFT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- A Bald Eagle found in February with a broken wing was rehabilitated and is set to be released into the wild Thursday afternoon. Click here to read the full article and view the video.Read more

PHOEBE's Last Day - #06082018

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Phoebe, 66Y, born this year and banded on May 22 nd has passed away. She was found on the sidewalk by the parking garage on Calhoun St close to Jefferson Blvd. on Saturday, June 9 th at approximately 7:30 p.m. A concerned citizen found her and called Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control who in turn reached out to Soarin’ Hawk. Phoebe came in to our facility on Friday June 8 th as she was found sitting on the roof of a car on the east side of the Indiana Michigan Power Building. At that time she was very alert and she was immediately seen by Dr...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Release #03242018

On March 24, 2018, Soarin Hawk received a call about red-tailed hawk found by Bicentennial Park off Schoaff Road. The woman who rescued this bird said she found him by the side of the road, he wouldn't fly and she thought he was acting abnormally. He was brought to ICU where he was examined by Kat. Kat found this bird to be dehydrated with feather lice and a bruised right elbow, and she didn't feel any broken bones. This bird received fluids, ivermectin for the external parasites, and meloxicam for any pain the bird may be feeling due to the bruised elbow. Upon weeks of rehabilitation, the...Read more
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Why We Do What We Do - More Than Just a Release

Via Volunteer Sandy Moore : "A day like today makes everything we do for these raptors the sweetest part of the job. To be able to release a bird back into the wild is the ultimate achievement. It is a personal honor for me to release this bird today as I do this in memory of my big brother Carl, who passed away in February. I owe my love and passion for animals to my brother. My entire life has been dedicated to them. I guess you can say "he was the wind beneath my wings". So without further adieu, let's release this red tailed hawk to fly free..." Original Story : On 11/8/2017 Soarin' Hawk...Read more
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Rough-Legged Hawk Release

This is a release of a rough-legged hawk that Shirley Needham, a SH volunteer and subpermittee rescued, rehabbed, and released.Read more
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Snowy Owl Release - #02282018SNOW

After a little more than 3 weeks of food, medicine, rest and recuperation, we creance flew this snowy owl on March 19th. That session showed us that she was ready to head home to the arctic tundra. Everyone met at the ICU facility where we moved her to a transport box for the ride to the release sight. We faced her into the wind and just like that, she was gone. Wishing her Godspeed as she heads home; with a little piece of everyone’s heart here at Soarin’ Hawk. A video of the release is provided; as well as a Journal Gazette article , with more pictures for your viewing pleasure. Photos by:...Read more
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A Rehab Success Story - Moochi The Eagle

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Red-Tailed Hawk Release INTAKE #05072017

The original release of these red-tailed hawks was postponed due to severe thunderstorms in the area, but luckily the following day produced beautiful, sunny skies - perfect conditions to launch into a new life! Released 11/05/2017 at Pokagon State Park, IN.Read more
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Red-tailed Hawk Release INTAKE #09042017

This beautiful red-tailed hawk was found on September 4, 2017, at a home residence in northern Indiana. Its right leg was caught in a tree, and consequently, the bird suffered some fairly heavy bruising on that leg. Fortunately, the injury was easy enough to heal with the use of some antibiotics and unpasteurized honey, which has its own antimicrobial properties. This bird proved to be healthy and strong after just two sessions of creance flying. It was released back into the wild near the homeowner's property on November 29, 2017, where what we believe might be its mate has been seen...Read more
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Eastern Screech Owl Release "Thor"

Success! The gray phase Eastern Screech Owl found on 800N in Kendallville, IN was released on 2/6 at 8pm. After a short rehabilitation which included being treated for dehydration and turbulent shock from a near miss with an automobile, 'Thor' was sent back home. The bird was released only a few feet from where it was originally found. After a short time acclimating to its home surroundings, it silently lifted off into a nearby tree stand into the darkness. Tracy Fox is shown holding the bird just before returning it to its home environs.Read more

Three Kestrels Released

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07/17/2017 Kestrel Sisters released back to the wild

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06152017 Red tailed Hawk released back to the wild on Aug 12th

I've been working with Soarin' Hawk less than a year and it's been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. That said, I haven't really gotten to do a lot. You go in every weekend and do some of the less glamorous tasks and it's something to be excited about because most people will never know these animals the way we get to see them. So, there I was Sat morning doing my volunteer shift as I try to do every week. I was greeted by Kim and Barb and Hot Dog. Barb was explaining how we had a few releases to accomplish that weekend and she was worried there weren't enough people available...Read more
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