Rescue of the Month

On July 22, 2019, Soarin' Hawk received a call from Todd S in Wabash, IN. He had employed some workers to close up his barn, and they had found a nest of two young Turkey Vultures in the hay loft of the barn. Because the work being done would make the vulture parents unable to get into the barn to feed them, Todd wanted us to come and get the little ones. Our rescue dispatcher called Lynnanne, our contact with the DNR in that area, and she got in touch with the Conservation Officer. The problem was that there was no Officer available until the next day. Meanwhile, the noisy demolition was...Read more

Cooper's Hawk Rescue #01072019

Story via Volunteer Diana Ward: Fort Wayne animal care and control took this Cooper Hawk to Pine Valley for examination by our veterinarian. This Hawk was found at 2600 Broadway in Fort Wayne. It was observed to be sitting on the ground by a sidewalk for an hour. After examination, it was discovered to have a broken collarbone. He will be treated for pain in our treatment facility. Intake Number : #01072019COHARead more

What to do if a bird hits a window.

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Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #12302018

Story via Volunteer Eric Cole and Bridgette McCue: Bridgette and I were at an Eagle Scout ceremony with Jefferson, our bald eagle, when Bridgette received a call from Lynn regarding a red tail hawk found on Coldwater Road by I69. Kaitlyn and Alex, two new volunteers who are working toward being bird handlers, came along for the rescue. The city Police as well as the caller were on the scene helping divert traffic away from the injured bird. The poor fella was on his feet and alert. I was concerned for his safety because traffic was passing close by and I feared he may get hit again. Twice he...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #12162018

Story via Volunteer Louie Lee: This morning the Soarin' Hawk call taker contacted Lana, telling her Todd Smith had found a a hawk along I-69, north of US 20. Upon my arrival I found Mr. Smith standing by. The hawk was on the asphalt and appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. Initial assessment revealed a broken left wing with blood, blood in the mouth and a very aggressive bird. It was difficult to stabilize the injured wing. The bird had a 2 + keel and was transported to the ICU where an intake card was completed and the bird secured. photos are attached. Intake Number : #12162018RTHARead more

Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #12042018

Story via Volunteer Lynne: On December 4th I got a call from a woman in Shipshewana, IN, who found a hawk on the ground and assumed that there must be something wrong with it. I asked if the hawk was bleeding, or seemed injured in any way. She said it seemed to walk funny. I told her that hawks are often on the ground and sometimes after they eat they find it difficult to take off and fly. I suggested that she go about her day, and if the bird was still there later that day to call us back. Later that day she called back and said she had spoken to a rehabber in Brown County Indiana, and that...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #12032018

Story via Volunteer: Lynne On December 3rd I received a call from Johnna Smith, a rehabber in Jay County Indiana. She had a red tail hawk that she could find nothing wrong with, except that it wouldn't eat, drink or fly. She wanted us to take the bird. She informed me that there is a vet in her area that lives in south FW, and she has in the past brought birds up to south Fort Wayne, and then is met by a volunteer, who then ferries the birds to our ICU. She put me in touch with the vet, and we arranged to have Johnna bring the bird to the vet and then the vet brings it to south Fort Wayne...Read more

Eastern Screeh Owl Rescue #11212018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher: I received a call from Lynnanne asking if I could meet her in the southwest part of Fort Wayne for a transfer. We met up and she handed over a very quiet Eastern Screech owl that didn’t have a very good day. It seems that Duke Energy had contracted with a tree company to take down a few trees around some power lines. Here this little owl was just sleeping in his cavity when all of a sudden…THUD. He fell 25 ft down to the ground! Thankfully the tree service found him and contacted the DNR who in turn contacted Lynnanne. I got him to our treatment and recovery...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #11012018

Thanks to Conservation Officer Darren Reid for caring enough to stop and pick up this Red Tail Hawk from the middle of the road and drive it all the way from South Whitley to Pine Valley Vet Clinic! Initial exam by out avian veterinarian: This large Red Tail was very alert but not standing. His weight was excellent and he had a very full crop! You can see the large bulge on his neck in the xray. Hawks will eat a meal very quickly and it is stored in the crop, a dilation of the esophagus, and then slowly moves down to be digested. On exam he had a broken left humerus and blood in his trachea...Read more

Red-Tailed Hawk Rescue #10192018

Story via Volunteer : Lynnanne Dennison - Fager There was a time and place in American history when an open door was an invitation for neighbors to drop in, unannounced. Seated at the kitchen table, the visitors would be served a cup of coffee, perhaps a piece of coffee cake or pie. In today’s world, it’s rare to find an inviting door left open, and more so to have the visitor be covered in feathers. Such was the case when the Miami County Purdue Extension Office propped its kitchen door open and a red-tailed hawk waltzed in for a short, neighborly visit. Of course, the staff were a bit...Read more

Turkey Vulture Rescue #10082018

Story via Volunteer Bridgette Mccue: I was called out for a rescue in Ligonier Indiana. There was a turkey vulture in need of our help, the caller had confined the turkey vulture into a side section of their barn. When I got there it was sitting on a stack of wood about 6 feet tall. While attempting to get the turkey vulture, it fell behind that stack of firewood. After a lot of hard work, we were able to get it out from behind the stack of wood. We put it into the blue box for transport and headed to Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Pat was able to do x-rays on it, and she found fractures...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #09082018

Story via Volunteer Kim Westfall : Homeowner noticed a soaked Redtail Hawk in the rain sitting in a ditch for most of the afternoon before calling the DNR. DNR contacted Jeremy Mason a State Trooper who is also a Falconer to come rescue the Redtail Hawk. Jeremy told me once he got there, the bird was across the street sitting on a fence. They approached the bird and it flew very low about 30 yards and landed in a cow pasture. He was able to throw a blanket over the bird, after a few attempts. Bird was very feisty and was trying to talon him. I met up with him and I did the initial exam. I was...Read more

Red Tailed Hawk Rescue #09042018

Story via Volunteer Mary Koher : Our rescue coordinator received a call today from one of our fellow volunteers down in Wabash County. That volunteer received a call from someone in the Salamonie office that had a report of a red tail hawk down on the ground in the vicinity of 150 South. Lynnanne arrived to find a juvenile red tail hawk down on the side of the road heading / hopping towards some tall weeds. She was able to get a sheet over the bird to contain it which enabled her to get a hold of it so that she could place it in her carrier for transport to Fort Wayne. I met up with Lynnanne...Read more

Eastern Screech Owl Rescue #09032018

Story via Volunteer Gary Harshberger : I responded to a call fro SHRR Dispatcher concerning and injured baby Owl in Van Buren Indiana. Upon arrival the property owners reported finding the young Screech Owl cling to the leg of a table in the yard. They said it was using the left wing in moving around but never lifted the right wing. Upon examining the bird in the field I found little movement (which Doctor Funnel says is common for the spices, they will play possum while being handled.) I also found no other injury, but the bird was somewhat protective of the right wing. The bird seemed...Read more

Cooper's Hawk Rescue #08312018

Update : This bird was not in our care for long and has since been released! Dr Funnell checked this guy out this morning and after a few days rest in our treatment and recovery unit it was determined that he was ready to go home. I drove him to a wooded area just down the street from the American Red Cross, where he was originally picked up, and opened the box and off he flew. We stayed and observed him for a bit as he hopped from branch to branch going higher and higher until he finally flew off. We hope that he is a bit more careful in the future and avoids windows! Story via Volunteer...Read more
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