Rescued! Red-shouldered Hawk, April 18, 2016

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On April 25, 2016 the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) helped our team to re-nest a Red-shouldered Hawk fledgling! With the use of the Co-op’s bucket truck we were able to reunite the young hawk with it’s sibling and parents. Typically it’s best to leave fledglings alone so that they are able to learn on their own, but in this case there were a couple of factors that forced our team to intervene:

1. The hawk wasn’t fully fledged and thus not able to get back up to the nest/safety.
2. The area where the hawk was found is known to be home to domestic and feral pets (cats and dogs).

Thankfully we were able to get the young hawk back up to it’s nest, and no one (including the Co-op’s volunteers) was injured. Thank you to everyone, including the FKEC, that help our team with this rescue, and for helping us to Keep Them Flying!

Ian Martin, Education Coordinator, 2016

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