Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on December 10, 2002.
second resident red-tail was found on the ground in the Blue
Springs, Missouri, area. He was diagnosed with an old fracture to
the humerus in the right wing that had healed poorly and could
not be repaired. Additionally, because the hawk readily
stepped onto a gloved hand, it was obvious that someone had the
bird for some time prior to its being found on the ground.
It is illegal for any unlicensed person to take a bird of prey
out of the wild. Unfortunately, this bird would never fly well enough to survive.
Nature Center was fortunate to have room on its raptor license
for a different phase of the beautiful red-tailed hawk.
Because he is a permanent resident at Lakeside Nature Center,
many people will have an opportunity to see a red-tailed hawk up
close and learn about this important species.
Natural History Notes:
Red-tailed hawks are seen hunting during the day in open
Small mammals, such as rabbits and rodents, are their
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information on red-tailed hawks, check out the