Monday, April 14, 2014

Former Red-tailed Hawk Patient Has Many to Thank

You might recall a story we did in January about a young red-tailed hawk.  It was reported to be unable to fly along the shore of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul. The poor hawk’s feathers were frozen together, preventing him from flying. For some unknown reason, the bird took a dip in the icy cold river on a subzero day. 

 A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, and Station 6 of the Saint Paul Fire Department, partnered to rescue this bird.  Upon admission to TRC's clinic, the hawk was diagnosed as hypothermic, with signs of frostbite on its left foot. 

We are happy to report that the bird was released recently by a member of Station 6. We thank all of the municipal, state, federal and other agencies who help coordinate rescues and transport of raptors to our clinic every day.  And of course, several of our TRC volunteers must be thanked as they helped with the release and took these photos to share with you. 

The Raptor Center is grateful to all of our partners and friends who play roles in the conservation of raptors.  Will you consider a gift to help us continue to care for sick and injured raptors, and educate the public on what they can do?

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