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Soarin’ Hawk breaks ground on new facilities

Journal GazetteMay 17, 2019

Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center broke ground for its new home Thursday.

The nearly nine-acre site at Lima and McComb roads will enable the nonprofit to bring together two separate operations : a medical unit for injured raptors and, miles away, pens for both recovering and permanently housed birds. The ICU and the pens have been on loaned properties, and Soarin’ Hawk has been looking for suitable sites for several years, the agency said.

Soarin’ Hawk said that as the result of a successful capital campaign, it will build:

• Modern recovery enclosures and habitats that are designed to provide a natural setting for the raptors, while minimizing maintenance.

• An aviary that will allow volunteers to exercise multiple birds in all weather conditions, which will result in injured birds of prey being returned to their natural environment sooner.

• An operations building that will provide climate-controlled space for triage and treatment; a preparation area for raptors’ food, and a base for Soarin’ Hawk’s volunteers.

The site work will also include restoration of a portion of the land for prairie, pollinator and riparian habitats.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Soarin’ Hawk is a volunteer-based nonprofit founded in 1996 that rescues more than 250 raptors annually in northeast Indiana. After rehabilitation, birds are released back into the wild in the area where they were found.

The agency said it also does more than 100 educational presentations annually that reach 10,000 children and adults in schools, libraries and other public venues. For these programs, volunteers use 16 birds that are permanent residents with Soarin’ Hawk because they have suffered injuries that prevent them from being able to hunt. These raptors include hawks, owls, kestrels and an eagle.

For more, go to www.soarinhawk.org.

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