AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University will release red-tailed hawks into the wild on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. at Storybook Farm, 300 Cusseta Road. The 25-acre facility offers therapeutic equine-assisted activities for children and young adults.
A medium-sized bird known as a raptor, the red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in North America. It has long, broad wings and a short, wide tail with reddish brown color. This hawk is often seen perched near roadsides or soaring over open fields. It occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, forests, agricultural fields and urban areas.
“The hawks were presented with fractured wings or legs, and gunshot wounds,” said Liz Crandall, a raptor rehabilitation specialist with the Southeastern Raptor Center, part of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
A mission of the Southeastern Raptor Center is to rehabilitate injured, ill or orphaned birds of prey. Annually the center takes in between 200 and 275 birds of prey from across the Southeast and has treated and released thousands of birds back into the wild. The education unit has provided educational programs for thousands of schools, civic groups and churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky. For more information about the Southeastern Raptor go to http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/raptor.
For information about red-tailed hawk release, call (334) 844-3698 or (334) 524-0725.