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.
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
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
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
A Rehab Success Story - Moochi The Eagle
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
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
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
07/17/2017 Kestrel Sisters released back to the wild
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
ZAZU returned to the next on top of AEP-I&M building
What doesn't kill me makes me stronger!
April 27, 2017 What doesn't kill me makes me stronger! My thoughts as I looked for the reintroduced Great Horned youngster Thursday morning after having severe thunderstorms with 60 mph winds last night, would I find a ball of feathers? A thorough search of the tree from yesterday and the nearby area and trees, I was not having any luck in finding it. Then the familiar call of crows, nature’s locator, approximately 100 yards from yesterday’s location and in the top of the tallest oak tree, some 125 feet, was the youngster being harassed by a horde of crows. In the midst of the mêlée, a cooper...Read more
"Randy" returns to the Sky !
"Randy" a Great Horned Owl rescued in early February returns home to Fairmont IN after being treated for his injuries at Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab. Check out the rest of Randy's story and photos at 02012017 Great Horned OwlRead more
#01132017 Cooper's Hawk goes home !
Another success story. 01132017 Cooper' Hawk was returned to his/her home today. Check out the full story at this linkRead more
Great Horned Owl happy to be home.
Today we celebrated the release of a Great Horn Owl back into the wild. In spite of the bitterly cold wind blowing across the fields, everyone was there. The folks at WANE TV News made the trek to Whitley County to film the event. The Conservation Officers involved in the rescue were there, and of course a vanload from Soarin’ Hawk. After allowing the GHO to settle down after the 45 minute ride deep into farm country, everyone was ready. We always give the bird time to settle down and observe where they are before we release them. Give them time to plan their escape! With cameras whirring,...Read more