JUNE 2023

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy

is in the eyes of others only a green thing

which stands in the way.

Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity,

but to the eyes of the [person] of imagination,

Nature is imagination itself."

- William Blake


by Mary Koher

As this year's Falconwatch draws to a close, we remember how it all started. In just 7 short weeks, Marshmallow, Stewart, and Squirt have gone from being a helpless pile of feathers to fledglings learning to be apex predators like their parents. The Indiana-Michigan FalconCam is still running, and you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Moxie, Jamie, and the kids, so keep watching!

Thanks go out to I&M and INDNR for supporting this wonderful project that allows us to watch Nature in process. Thanks also to Mary Koher for her insightful and informative commentary that kept us all up-to-date on the happenings at the nest box. See you next year!

Read about the history of the Fort Wayne peregrine falcons. Click here.

What does a peregrine falcon sound like?

Find Out Here

Watch I&M's live Falconcam


to Mindy Hambrick of websiteclix.com and David Scott of RaptorMed Inc. for developing the latest smartphone app for our rescue team.

also to Mark & Julie Stuckey of Stuckey's on Tyler Greenhouse for their generous donation of plants for Soarin' Hawk's memorial garden honoring our ambassador birds who have passed.


Soarin' Hawk's on-line auction is coming this Fall! Our last auction was a HUGE success, and everyone had fun trying to outbid each other. This year's auction promises to be even better, with more stuff to bid on! Watch for more info in the coming months. If you have new or gently used items to donate, please contact us HERE. In the meantime, be sure to Like our Fundraising page on Facebook. That's where the auction will take place.


by Gigi Stewart

It's baby season at Soarin’ Hawk! Right now, in our ICU nursery, we have 5 baby kestrels, 4 baby screech owls, 1 baby great horned owl, and 1 baby red-tailed hawk. There's still time for you to get involved.

If you’d like to help the birds, become a volunteer with us! There are many jobs to choose from. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Gigi Stewart, at gigi.stewart@soarinhawk.org


This is a spectacular photo of why we ask that wild babies be left alone in most cases. This young great horned owl is climbing the tree to give flight another go. 

While our first instinct might be to help, what these young ones really need is space to learn. An owl’s strong talons help them with far more than catching food! They have the ability to scale a tree to safety if their first flights are unsuccessful, which they usually are. 

So, if you are fortunate enough to have an owl family in your yard, take the time to keep the area around their tree clear for the parents to allow the chicks to learn properly, and intervene safely when necessary. If you can't tell whether the youngster needs help or not, please call us before interfering.

Photo: Thee Owl Queen



by Chris Schley

Have you ever thought you'd like to be an animal rehabber? It's not as easy as you might think.

To operate a rehab facility such as Soarin’ Hawk, several state and federal permits are required, depending on the organization’s purpose. Both state and federal permits are required, and the permits are mutually dependent; that is, an organization must have a state permit to get a federal permit, and vice versa. Permits are issued to individuals, not organizations, so an organization is permitted to do certain activities through the individual(s) holding the permits. Soarin’ Hawk needs three types of permits to do what we do: a rehab permit, an exhibit permit, and a salvage permit. The rehab permit allows us to rescue and rehabilitate injured raptors; the exhibit permit allows us to keep and display our educational birds; the salvage permit allows us to retain feathers and bird parts for education purposes. All of our permits are held by Bob Walton, Kim Westfall, and Chris Schley.

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Looking to improve your mental health? Pay attention to birds.

Two studies published last year in Scientific Reports said that seeing or hearing birds could be good for our mental well-being.

So give them a listen as you learn why they may help.

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Meet the Birds! Attend a Presentation! Click here for Schedule


Many of you have asked about the Wetland Restoration Project at Soarin' Hawk.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has been working with private landowners in Indiana since 1987 to improve their lands for wildlife. This voluntary conservation program has worked one-on-one with private landowners, municipalities, counties, and partner organizations to restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and stream corridors to promote healthy lands and land stewardship across Indiana.


Private lands are critical to providing habitat for many wildlife species, including migratory birds and endangered species. Working cooperatively with private landowners on habitat projects yields benefits not only to wildlife, but also provides benefits to society as a whole via improved water quality and flood attenuation.


Wetland restoration involves the removal of any existing tile drainage to restore hydrology to the hydric wetland soil depression. The numerous depressions in northeast Indiana are a result of glaciers that transformed the landscape about 10-11,000 years ago. Indiana has lost approximately 87% of its original wetland acreage due to agriculture, development, and conversion for other use. Restoring wetlands provides an almost instant return on investment by improving wildlife habitat, improving water quality, flood attenuation, and recreational opportunities.


The wetland project at the Soarin' Hawk will complement the adjacent native prairie that was established under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.  The wetland and prairie will provide a small-scale restoration that addresses both wetland habitat and adjacent native prairie habitat. The wetland will provide nesting, foraging, and brood rearing habitat for Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Wood ducks, American woodcock, and Great Blue Herons.


The wetland restoration project will be funded in part by: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Indiana DNR, and Ducks Unlimited, Inc.


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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

What if you had a disease that left you mostly bedridden? You live alone, and your interactions with others are limited. Then, in the most unlikely of places, you find a friend to join you for awhile on life's journey. 

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a beautiful book that celebrates the joy that lives in the small things, if we truly choose to see them.

Can't recommend highly enough! Read this book!


Kathleen, Felton Blackburn, Leticia Olivarez, Mary Temple

Donation in Memoriam:

Wendy Kellett, in memory of Robert Cablk, who loved everything about nature.

Fishers for the Birds:

John Farris, Dustin Hamm

Thanks to their Community Rewards Program, Soarin' Hawk receives quarterly donations from Kroger. We thank Kroger for their generosity, and thank you all for signing up to have a percentage of your total grocery bill donated to Soarin' Hawk (at no cost to you!). Want to know how to make Soarin' Hawk your designated charity at Kroger?

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P.S. Many employers will match funds donated to non-profits by employees. Ask your employer to see if they do! Make your donation to Soarin' Hawk go even farther! We also receive donations through Network for Good.

Many, many thanks for all your donations!

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Thanks to people like you, we were able to rescue, rehabilitate, and release this beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk. After a few weeks in our facility, she was released in her home territory, to continue life in the wild. Won't you make a donation, so we can help others like her? No contribution is too small!

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