Lakeside Nature Center
Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on December 10, 2002.
Our resident Red-tailed Hawk 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 apparent 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 will never fly well enough to survive in the wild and joined the Nature Center as an ambassador to his species.
Paco is presumed a male because of his smaller size.
For more information on red-tailed hawks, check out the Critter Corner entry.