MAY 2020
Soarin' Hawk's Newsletter is Sponsored Proudly by Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne. For a new or used Subaru, visit Fort Wayne Subaru!
Dear Friends of Soarin' Hawk,

We hope you and all your families are healthy and safe during these unusual times.

Please consider partnering with Soarin' Hawk by making a generous donation on May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow. Our fundraising goal of $15,000 will be used to keep the birds in our care healthy and happy.
The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is providing a unique opportunity to make your donation go farther: They are providing $110,000 in matching funds!

Soarin’ Hawk has many recurring expenses, including medical care, food and supplies for the birds, and also fixed costs such as utilities and insurance. We depend on fundraising and educational presentations (which bring in fees and donations) to care for rescued and resident raptors. So far this year, Covid-19 has caused the cancellation of two fundraisers and 18 presentations, and dozens of future presentations are at risk of not happening. Covid-19 has interrupted our fundraising, but raptors are still being injured, and our volunteers continue to rescue, treat, rehabilitate, and release them.

We also care for 16 education raptors that cannot survive in the wild because their injuries are permanent, and prevent them from being able to hunt for food. Our volunteers take these raptors to schools, libraries, and public events, so children and adults can come face-to-face with raptors and learn how we can best co-exist with them. 

On May 5th between 7am-7pm, please  

 Thank you for your generosity. Be well.

Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation
" Once upon a time, when women were birds, 
there was the simple understanding that 
to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk 
was to heal the world through joy. 
The birds still remember what we have forgotten, 
that the world is meant to be celebrated.”
- Terry Tempest Williams

Jamie and Moxie's four peregrine chicks (called "eyases") have hatched! Mom and dad are busy feeding them and keeping them warm during the recent Spring temperature fluctuations. All are good eaters, and they're growing fast!


Soarin' Hawk's Volunteer Orientations have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 virus. Watch for the next date on our web site, Facebook page, and in the newsletter! In the meantime, c heck our volunteer page  to read about the opportunities available.

Email me at  
or  g  and I will send you more information and details!

On April 28, we received a call from Jane L. in Marion, IN, who reported that they were having a tree cut down and after the tree was felled she found a barred owl nestling in a cavity inside a part of the trunk lying on the ground. We instructed her to remove the owlet, and when she did, she heard peeping from inside the trunk! Long story short, she ended up removing 5 Barred Owlets from the cavity!

Sadly, the 30-foot fall had killed one of the babies. Because they had fallen such a distance when the tree was cut down, we decided to bring the owlets to Pine Valley Vet Clinic to be checked for injuries. Soarin' Hawk volunteers Bill O. and Sue H. picked them up and brought them to Pine Valley Vet Clinic, where Dr. Funnell found no injuries. Sue and Bill returned the owlets to Marion, where the homeowners had built a beautiful replacement nest for the babies. They were placed in the nest, and Jane (the homeowner) stayed up late to see if she could see the parents, to be sure they had found the new nest site, but it was too dark to see.

In the morning, Jane found one of the owlets on the ground, dead, and there was only one in the nest, along with two small fish (proof that the parents had found the baby, and were feeding it). She called Soarin' Hawk, and Bill and Susan returned to Marion to tweak the nest and replace the remaining owlet.


February's Cooper's Hawk has been moved back to ICU because she refuses to fly up to a perch, preferring to stay on the ground. If you remember, this bird ran into a brick fireplace and could not stand or use her legs. After weeks of medications, followed by more weeks of physical therapy, she regained the ability to stand and walk. We sent her to a local falconer, because we thought she would benefit from a quieter environment. Our ICU staff is evaluating further treatment options for her.

March's Red-Tailed Hawk is still in our rehabilitation facility. His vision is being evaluated.
On March 14th, Soarin' Hawk received a phone call from Lorrie, who had been seeing a Red-Tailed Hawk in the median of I-69 for two days on her way to and from work. She called Soarin' Hawk, and Pam and Wayne W. braved the traffic to rescue the bird. An initial exam showed that the bird was very lethargic, and it had a possible vision issue in one eye. It was treated with medication for possible pain and given subcutaneous fluids for possible dehydration.

Over the next weeks, his vision improved to the point where he could be moved to our rehabilitation facility, where he began flight training. Finally, on April 21, 2020, he was ready to go home, and volunteers Pam and Wayne W. released him in northeast Fort Wayne, near where he was found.


Thanks to April donors!
P. Davich, K. Forrester, L. Johnston, L. Juillerat, Kroger Community Rewards, B. & J. Lindvall, Network for Good, P. Davich, B. & P. Westfall, A. Zepke

Thanks to the donors who give each and every month!
L. Dearing, Bob Rohrman Subaru of Ft Wayne , S. McInnis


Nesting Season is the busiest time of year at any wildlife rehabilitation or rescue center. Not only does the number of patients increase, but the amount of care that is needed for each patient increases. Some baby birds need to be fed every 30 -45 minutes from dusk until dawn. This is an important time of year for rehabilitation but also for education.

We were able to rescue this beautiful red-tailed hawk, thanks to donations from folks like you. Won't you make a donation now so we can help others like this hawk? No contribution is too small!

Your donation is tax deductible.