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. 


The Cooper's Have Left the Building

On Sunday, August 4, with the help of Adam and Dick Buchanan, two juvenile Cooper's hawks left the hack box. They had been fed while living in the box for about two weeks. Once the gates were open, they took to the skies to live free. They both were orphans rescued on June 6. One, among the four from a nest that had blown down during a storm, came to us with a fractured leg and had to stay at the ICU until it healed. Its siblings, having no injuries, were able to be released earlier. The other orphan was found on the ground from an unknown reason, and was found to have no injuries. For two...Read more

A Very, Very Special Release

by Susan Hansen & Bill Oberg On August 7, we got a call around 9:15 am. There was an owl down near the airport. When we arrived we found a baby great horned owl confined in a cardboard box. There was some blood on its beak, and a bit on one talon. The caller, Don, explained that they had been working on a large metal storage building for over a year, and frequently found birds that had gotten in during the night. This morning, though, they found 2 owls, one twice the size of the other. The larger one escaped through an open window. The smaller one tried to follow several times but only...Read more
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Red-Tailed Hawk Release #10292018

On Saturday February 23, 2019 this beautiful adult red-tailed hawk was released back to its home territory in Angola, IN after spending the past four months with us recovering from car collision injuries. Those involved with its rescue were present to watch it head home!Read more
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Red-Tailed Hawk Release #09062018

We received a call on 9/6/18 about a red tail hawk on the side if the road with obvious injuries. The bird was found in Beaverdam, Ohio. The person who found the bird graciously offered to bring it to ICU. An hours drive. Upon examination it was discovered that this bird had probably been hit by a car. It had active bleeding from its ear and eyelid on the right side. Treatment with antibiotics and for probable pain was started. The Bird is now ready for RELEASE!Read more
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Red-Tailed Hawk Release #11082018

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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