When we receive an emergency call on our Wildlife Hotline, we quickly dispatch the closest available Rescue/Transporters to bring the Animal to safety. On January 27th, a call came in from a NYS Trooper regarding a Red-tailed Hawk on the side of the Bethpage State Parkway. Rescue/Transport Volunteer Sheila quickly responded. With the help of the trooper, she was able to safely contain the hawk and bring her to our hospital.
Unable to stand or perch upright for an entire week, we suspect she had sustained a hard hit to her head by a fast moving vehicle. After nearly a month receiving supportive care while
she recovered from her injuries, she was ready to start to build up her atrophied flight muscles. Thanks to our friends at the Sweetbriar Nature Center, our patient had the opportunity to increase her flight stamina alongside other rehabilitating Red-tails.
On Friday March 9th, ending a six week rehabilitation, our resilient hawk flew beautifully and strongly back to her home at Bethpage State Park!