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. 


Red-Tailed Hawk Release #11082018

Embedded thumbnail for Red-Tailed Hawk Release #11082018

Sharp-Shinned Hawk Release #11172018

Soarin' Hawk recently took in a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, which is very rare for us! This rehab story never made it to the headlines due to the fact that we could not find much wrong with the bird, and it stayed with us for a rather short time; so now you are recieving the story all in one. The bird stayed with us for a little over a week in the ICU, and had the privilege of being released shortly after! ICU Notes : 11-17-18 This hawk was found down on the ground by a concerned citizen. He was transported to our treatment and recovery unit where he was found to have flat flies and minor abrasions...Read more
Embedded thumbnail for Sharp-Shinned Hawk Release #11172018

Barred Owl Release #03152018

After 8 months in our care this beautiful barred owl was finally released back into his forever home! Kat Ternet, Soarin’ Hawk’s vet tech, released him. It was her first release ever!Read more
Embedded thumbnail for Barred Owl Release #03152018

Great Horned Owl Release #08062018

Story Via Volunteer Mary Koher : This beautiful owl came into us after being struck by a vehicle. He was found to have flat flies, a broken hallux (toe) on his left foot, some vision issues and a right wing injury in the area of the wrist / elbow. The vision issues resolved themselves on their own as did the broken hallux. We continued performing physical therapy on the right wing. It did not require surgery just therapy to keep it loose. This bird was added to the creance list on October 26 th and he was proven to be a strong flyer. This continued for a few more weeks and he proved that he...Read more
Embedded thumbnail for Great Horned Owl Release #08062018

Great Horned Owl Release #05302018

This beautiful baby Great Horned Owl, whoo isn’t a baby anymore has met all of its milestones and was released today (11/15/2018) in Metea County Park. Intake Number : #05302018GHOWRead more
Embedded thumbnail for Great Horned Owl Release #05302018

Immature Bald Eagle Release

This immature eagle was successfully released in front of an estimated crowd of between 500 - 800 people. It was a beautiful day and a great tribute to our Veterans’ on this Veteran’s day! Fly free lady eagle, fly free! Pictures provided by Mark Penrod, a generous by-stander! Intake Number: #08172016BAEARead more
Embedded thumbnail for Immature Bald Eagle Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) newscast

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – An end in the road to recovery, for an injured eagle cared by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation for two years. WPTA-21 television coverage The non-profit plans to celebrate one of their most challenging cases by letting a young bald eagle fly free once again. In 2016, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Josh Kilgore and Soarin’ Hawk volunteer Lynnanne Dennison-Fager found a six-month-old eagle at a high school in Grant County. The bird had a broken leg and mites chewed through the eagle’s feathers so severely, vets were forced to replace her flight feathers with...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Release #07232018

Story via Barb Hathaway : Good Samaritans and Angels do exist! One very lucky Red Tailed Hawk, who shall remain nameless, knows that for certain.... On Monday, July 23rd, a kind person came upon a Red Tailed Hawk by the side of the road right here in Fort Wayne. The bird made no attempt to flee, a red flag that something was terribly wrong. After a few phone calls the rescuer was told to contact Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab. Upon initial examination of this bird, Dr. Funnell found blood coming from the left ear, a wound over the right eye where flies had already deposited their eggs that turned...Read more
Embedded thumbnail for Red-Tailed Hawk Release #07232018

Red-Tailed Hawk Release #08052018

Via Volunteer Mary Koher : This red tail has made a full recovery and thus completed his journey with Soarin Hawk. It was an honor for me to rescue him, watch him recover over these many weeks, and finally be witness to his release on October 12 th in memory of Paul (Tony) A. Briner.Read more
Embedded thumbnail for Red-Tailed Hawk Release #08052018

Barred Owl Release #05072018

Embedded thumbnail for Barred Owl Release #05072018

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
Embedded thumbnail for Bald Eagle Release #02252018

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
Embedded thumbnail for Red-Tailed Hawk Release #03242018

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
Embedded thumbnail for Why We Do What We Do - More Than Just a Release