Raptor Egg Rescue

Sometimes it’s difficult for humans and wildlife to coexist without causing inconvenience or harm to the other party. Such was the case for this red-tailed hawk nest that sat in the line of fire of a construction project in Muncie, IN. Luckily, the construction crew had the heart to call Soarin’ Hawk to help them relocate the nest, and was supervised by volunteer Pam who detailed the process: On Thursday, April 12, 2018, I got a call from the Indiana Michigan Power Co. in Muncie, IN regarding a nest that had to be taken down because of construction. They had an eighty foot pole with a nest on...Read more

Re-Nesting some Red-Tails, a "Rescue" Story

Story and Rescue via volunteers Pam and Wayne Whitacre: On Thursday, April twelfth, I got a call from the Indiana Michigan Power Co. in Muncie Ind. regarding a nest that had to be taken down because of construction. They had an eighty-foot pole with a nest on top with, what he told me, were osprey eggs. The crew there did not want to disturb or destroy the nest or eggs, and they wanted Soarin' Hawk to be involved in removing the eggs. After calls to Dr. Funnell to ask what the best procedure was to take the eggs, keep them warm, and take care of them; I got a call back telling me they were...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #04082018

Story via volunteer Lisa Yates: I received a call from Pam about a red tail hawk and decided to do my 1st rescue in over a year. After driving to Poe to meet the caller, we walked down to a wooded area on her neighbor's property. She had watched the bird on the ground through out the day and noticed it not flying away. She contacted the county sheriffs office who gave her Soarin’ Hawk's number. It was dark when I arrived but the bird was quite visible from the glow of my flashlight. As I approached, the hawk went into defense mode and fell onto its back with the talons facing me. I was able...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #03242018

On 3/24/2018 Soarin' Hawk received a call about a red-tailed hawk found by Bicentennial Park off Shoaff Rd. 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 deyhdrated, feather lice, a bruised right elbow. 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. Update 3/26/2018: Dr. Pat took this red-tailed hawk...Read more

Barred Owl Rescue #03152018

On 3/15/2018 Soarin' Hawk received a call about a Barred Owl that was found hanging in a tree from a fishing line that was wrapped around its wing in Franke Park. The rescuers waded out into the river to cut him down from the tree and bring him to us. Upon further examination, Kat found severe brusing and swelling of the left wing. There were also three small punctures on the left wing. There was also blood found on the right foot. This barred received fluids, an antibiotic, and pain medication. Update 3/19/2018: Dr. Pat took this bird in for radiographs and there were no broken bones; but he...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #03262018

Story via Volunteer Louie Lee : On Monday, March 26th, 2018 Bob Walton called telling me there was a hawk on the side of S.R.1 at the 196 Mile Marker, Hamilton, IN. A state highway crew had found the bird and after several phone calls found Soarin' Hawk. Upon my arrival the hawk made no attempt to escape, the left eye was closed and full of blood. The breast area appeared to be bruised. I transported the Red-Tailed Hawk to the Pine Valley Vet Clinic where it was examined by Dr. Funnel. Radiographs were taken. I then transported this hawk and another Red-tailed Hawk to the ICU. Intake Number...Read more

Sticky Wings, a Rescue Story

Via Volunteer Gigi Stewart: About 5:30 Monday night, I received a call from Bob. He told me about a family who lives in Van Wert, OH, who found an owl near their house. The owl was not moving and seemed stuck in one spot, literally. I live in Ohio too, so the family was willing to put the owl in a box and meet me halfway. I wasn’t sure what kind of owl it was until we met. I looked in their pet carrier and there in the corner was a little Red Phase Eastern Screech Owl. He looked pathetic, so tiny in the big carrier. I put my gloves on and reached in to get the owl. He looked good, except his...Read more

Great Horned Owl Rescue #03192018

We received a call from a concerned citizen who observed an owl sitting along the side of highway I69 just north of the 305 mile marker. Before we arrived on scene, a couple of gentlemen from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) just happened to seethe owl as well. They stopped, picked it up, and took it to their facility which was nearby and called our rescue line. We met them and found that they had an adult Great Horned Owl in a box that was very quiet and with eyes closed. No obvious injuries were observed. We thanked them for their assistance and loaded the owl into our van...Read more

We Can't Save Them All, Unfortunately

This article contains graphic content in the form of an image of a snowy owl. If you wish not to view this image, please do not click to enlarge it. Unfortunately a beautiful Snowy Owl was found dead along a road in Allen County, Indiana. It was covered in lice. (The small dots all over her head in the photograph are all lice.) Typically large numbers of lice are only seen when an animal is debilitated. (A healthy bird will usually groom most of the lice off.) But this owl was a good weight and the feathers were in good shape. A necropsy revealed internal trauma, most likely from being hit by...Read more

Eastern Screech Owl #03132018

Story via volunteer Dean Rapp: On the way home from work on March 13th, 2018, I received a call from Bob about a downed owl in the Windswept subdivision in Northern Fort Wayne. The family had reported that the small owl had a wing injury and had been on the ground in their back yard the entire day. I arrived to find the owl, which turned out to be an adult Red Faced Screech, resting comfortably under a box that some kids had put over him to keep him from getting away or further injured. I noticed that his left wing looked disheveled and his left tuft over his ear was missing. Other than that...Read more

Great Horned Owl #03132018

On the afternoon of March 13th, 2018, A Great Horned Owl was reported down at the 130.9 mile maker of the Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90. Soarin' Hawk met several toll road employees at the state highway Steuben county maintenance facility. Diane transported us to the owl. It was found sitting on the ground, facing away from us. We was able to pick up the owl with almost no resistance. We were told the bird had been on the ground for about three days. Nothing could be found and there were no obvious injuries. The owl was taken to the maintenance facility for a closer exam. The bird's keel score...Read more

American Kestrel Rescue

This afternoon the Soarin' Hawk call taker sent Lana and Louie Lee to 1985 S. C.R. 200 E. Angola, Steuben county, IN. An adult female American Kestrel had been stuck under the eave of a garage. The left foot was trapped between the siding and the eave. Upon removing the kestrel they found the bone above the foot was broken and bleeding. They believed the bird had been there for several hours. The keel was a 3+. They gave the bird initial treatment and transported it to the Soarin' Hawk ICU facilities. Intake #03032018 AMKERead more


A Snowy owl? You bet! Snowy owls are rare around these parts. They live in the Arctic tundra and while some might migrate south in search of food, this winter season there has been an “irruption” of snowy owls so they have been seen more frequently in the state. Here is the link to a great article from the Audubon on this subject. This snowy owl was found by a concerned citizen in a plowed field in Grant County near Sweetser, IN. They contacted the local sheriff, who then contacted Conservation Officer, Corporal Kilgore. When he arrived on the scene and approached the owl, it started to hop...Read more
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Bald Eagle Rescue

On 2/25, Soarin' Hawk got a call from the sheriff's office that someone had called them about an eagle on the side of the road on Yohne Rd., close to Fox Island. The woman said he was lying down, but his head was moving. When we got there, he was lying down, but his head was also on the ground, and his eyes were closed. Fortunately, when we approached it, we were very relieved to see him lift his head. It took two people to pick him up and secure his talons and get him into the car. Since we did not have a carrier big enough for an eagle, we put a blanket over his eyes and carried him to the...Read more

Lagrange County Snowy Owl

This evening Soarin' Hawk was contacted to check the well being of a Snowy Owl in Lagrange county. People had been calling, concerned with the bird's health, and the possibility of not being able to migrate. Upon locating the owl we watched it for unusual behavior. The bird was rousing, preening and reacting to possible prey items in the area. It was about one hundred yards off the road and was not concerned with our presence. The bird will most likely migrate when it is ready; furthermore, the bird seemed to be in good health. There is nothing we can do for a healthy flying owl, it is nearly...Read more