3 Hawks, 1 Owl and 23 Years!

September 29th is the 23rd Anniversary of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah. We were founded in 1997. To celebrate, we dug though the archives and found some old footage to share.

It’s old, very old, of much smaller frame size than usual.

Today’s tales include the releases of a Cooper’s Hawk, a Great Horned Owl and a Red Tail Hawk.

We’ll be sharing more bits from the archives all week.

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One Hawk, Three Releases

After a month an half stay, a healthy Ferruginous Hawk was released back into the wild and then released back into the wild and then released back into the wild.

This Hawk had been stuck in a barbed wire fence, a barb caught deeply in her wing. She was found hanging from the fence. When she arrived, her wing drooped. Signs of the damage can still be seen, however, she healed up well and is flying good.

Martin also included some discussion about the differences between a Harris Hawk and a Ferruginous Hawk.

Pretty Pretty Peregrine Flies Free!

Back in July this Peregrine Falcon arrived at our rescue center. Unfortunately, this falcon would have been better off left alone. The Peregrine had fledged but while one the ground was taken away far from her nest. Not able to return, she spent a little time with us until ready to be returned to the wild.

There are many instances where young birds will leave the nest. As long as they are in a safe area, they are fine and the parents will still care for them.

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🎶Special Thanks to Casey, our channel musician, for sharing a special instrumental version of his new track, “Calling Me Back”.

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On Saturday, August 22, Casey will be performing 100 songs as a fundraiser for the Clara Inspired nonprofit and Genetic Disease Research.

Eight Months & Ten New Tail Feathers Later…

This hawk arrived in November of last year. The hawk had damage to primary feathers of one wing and was also missing 10 of 12 tail feathers. Someone ripped them out.

The hawk stayed with us for eight months until the feathers grew back.

🔹Time Stamps🔹

00:00 – 01:45 November: Introduction about the damage done to the Red Tailed Hawk
01:45 – 05:00 January: Update: tail feather growth and blood feathers
05:00 – 06:04 March: Update about feather growth

06:04 – 12:23 July: Update about feather condition and discussion about “Imping” – the process of replacing feathers rather than waiting to let them grow in naturally.
12:23 – 18:13 The Release of this Red Tailed Hawk

🔹First video about this Hawk 🔹
Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers
December 17th, 2019

Sibling Hawks Rescued from City Park

On July 8th, Martin was called out to a public city park in Cedar City. He went expecting to find Kestrel Falcons that sometimes nest there. However, on arrival, he found a young Cooper’s Hawk, also known as “the hawk everyone loves to hate”. The Cooper’s Hawk is a small and aggressive hawk. They hunt mostly small birds.

This young hawk had left the nest, which is normal, but unfortunately, all around the nest was a busy city park full of people and dogs and all kind of threats to this young bird. Because of this, Martin took the young hawk back to the rescue center.

On July 13th, Martin was called out to the park again. This time for a second Cooper’s Hawk from the same nest. Both birds were kept in a chamber together.

On July 26th, when both hawks were old enough and feeding themselves, Martin released them safely out of town in an environment well suited for the young hawks. These hawks will have the same chances as any others despite being separated from their parents. They live mostly as solitary hunters until they are old enough to mate.

3 Eagles, 2 Falcons & 6 Hawks! | Update from Martin

00:35 – #1: Ferruginous Hawk
02:56 – #2: Peregrine Falcon
04:07 – #3: Scout the Golden Eagle Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Scout & Martin in this playlist
04:38 – Please help Scout become the first Golden Eagle to receive a YouTube Silver Creator Award!
05:58 – #4: Baby Golden Eagle
– Video “Baby Eagle Found Alone and Hungry”
06:44 – #5: White Belly Bald Eagle
– Video “Rescued Rare White Belly Bald Eagle”
07:11 – #6: Helen the Peregrine Falcon Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Helen in this playlist
08:18 – #7: Belle the Harris Hawk Wildlife Ambassador
– Please learn more about Belle in these playlists:
Playlist 1
Playlist 2
09:40 – #8 & #9: Young sibling Cooper’s Hawks
– Video about these Cooper’s Hawk coming soon!
11:02 – #10: Red Tailed Hawk
– Video about this hawk “Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers”
12:07 – #11: Baby Swainsons Hawk
– Video about this Baby Swainsons Hawk coming soon!
14:02 – Update on the little birds
– Videos about the recent little birds:
Little Birds Big Ruckus!
Little Birds move outside
– Video about little birds and hummingbirds coming soon!
15:00 – Three ways you can help us help critters!
– Buy Martin’s book, Healer of Angels
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