Burns the red-tailed hawk
PULLMAN, Wash.â€” A red-tailed hawk brought to Washington State Universityâ€™s
College of Veterinary Medicine has made a full recovery and was successfully
released just outside the Moscow, Idaho, city limits.
The hawk has been nicknamed "Burns" after the woman who found the bird and
called the Raptor Rehabilitation Center at WSU. Burns injuries werenâ€™t easy to
identify. She didnâ€™t have any broken bones, but was extremely dehydrated and
WSU veterinarians believe she may have suffered injuries without breaking any
bones. After spending two months with a steady diet, and good exercise in WSUâ€™s
newest raptor rehabilitation flight muse, Burns was ready for release.
Hesitating a moment in her temporary cage, Burns took to the skies over Moscow,
stopping briefly to rest in a nearby tree.
"She should have a territory here," said Dr. Nickol Finch, who heads up the
Raptor Rehabilitation Program at WSU. "She was found very close by. We were able
to get her out quick enough, hopefully no other hawks will have moved in."
property Burns now calls home is part of a restoration project involving the
Avista Corporation that donated the time and materials for raptor poles. Avista
was also a key supporter in helping build the new raptor center at WSU.
"Anything we can do to get animals back into the wild is a plus, a big plus,"
said Terry Gray with the Palouse Audubon society who was on hand for the
release. "WSU does such a great job with these animals that can be returned to
You can support raptor rehabilitation at WSU through the collegeâ€™s
The money raised goes for the care and feeding of raptors that have been injured
and cannot be released. For more information, go to:
Release date: October 2009