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Young Cooper's Hawk recovers from a leg injury

Posted by thunsdorfer at Oct 18, 2013 04:55 PM |
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Oct. 18, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland released a rehabilitated Cooper's Hawk in Nadaka Nature Park this afternoon. It was found in June 2013 as a fledgling with an injured leg, and was raised with an adult Cooper's Hawk, who served as a foster parent.

Young Cooper's Hawk recovers from a leg injury

A young Cooper's Hawk receives an exam in Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Cooper's Hawk, October 2013 - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
A young Cooper's Hawk receives an exam in Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Audubon Society of Portland veterinarian Deb Sheaffer released a rehabilitated Cooper's Hawk in Nadaka Nature Park this afternoon, where a group of about 35 people watched the bird take flight.

The hawk was admitted to the Wildlife Care Center in June 2013 as a fledgling with an injured leg. It was raised with another juvenile Cooper's Hawk and an adult Cooper's Hawk, who served as a foster parent for the two youngsters.

The young hawk had made a full recovery and was ready to head back into the wild, and the bird raised alongside it isn't far behind. This second juvenile, who arrived at the care center as a weak and dehydrated nestling, should be ready for release this weekend. Both birds spent the last few weeks in a large flight cage, which gave them a chance to build up their strength and learn to hunt.

We were excited to release the hawk at Nadaka, the site of a project we've been working on for several years. Audubon is part of a community coalition that is working to develop the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, which will expand access to nature and provide local residents with a community garden, nature-based play area and more. Earlier this year, Oregon Parks and Recreation awarded the project a $500,000 grant, great news for the park's future. Learn more about the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project.

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