Students Celebrate Release of Rehabilitated HawkFebruary 12, 2021
Earlier this month, a juvenile Sharp-shinned hawk was released back to the wild. Originally rescued in Westchester County, the hawk appeared injured after striking a window 和 needed time 和 opportunity to rehabilitate without the threat of predators. At 绿色的烟囱 和 under expert care, it was able to rest, access food, 和 practice flying. Fortunately, the young hawk was stunned 和 did not sustain significant head injuries. It recuperated quickly 和 showed clear signs of strength.
Bird releases in winter require careful consideration. While a snowy l和scape can pose a challenge to some wildlife, Sharp-shinned hawks primarily hunt smaller birds. With an ample food supply in the area 和 the return of good health, the juvenile hawk was deemed fit for release. 绿色的烟囱 学校 students learned the hawk’s story during wildlife class 和 were invited to celebrate its release. And on a brisk winter day, with a sky of blue 和 acres of trees within reach, students wished the hawk well before it took flight.
The hawk’s journey to recovery included a network of helpers, from caring citizens 和 a rescuer to colleagues from the Bronx River Sound – Shore Audubon Society 和 动物的国家 before being transported to our Brewster campus. All throughout the year, 绿色的烟囱 provides respite 和 rehabilitation to injured birds through the 保罗·C. Kupchok 野生动物中心. The Sharp-shinned hawk is one of over 100 birds we will likely take in this year. 事实上, the ripple effects of the p和emic 和 social distancing have brought more people outdoors for recreation, thus multiplying the number of individuals identifying birds in need. As a result, 绿色的烟囱 helped 180 birds in 2020, nearly double our yearly average. As the p和emic 和 outdoor recreation continue, 绿色的烟囱 endures an influx in dem和 to help injured wildlife.
绿色的烟囱 students, those learning to cope with complex emotional 和 learning challenges, become not only pupils of wildlife, 环境, 和 the rehabilitation process. Students become caregivers, too. Making connections with the natural world, experiencing empathy, 和 taking pride in caring for another living being are just a few ways students are learning 和 growing in the classroom 和 on the farm.
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