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Call us at 1-770-720-1847 to discuss hawk rescue.ย  We care for raptors (birds of prey) that cannot be released back to the wild.

We also rehabilitate hawks, owls, eagles, kites, falcons and ospreys.

We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization located in North Georgia providing hawk rescue and care for other raptors (birds of prey) including owls, eagles, falcons and osprey.hawk rescue and owl rehabilitation

We operate our facility based on donations from caring people who, for one reason or another, aren’t in the position to be rehabbers themselves, but are interested in and dedicated to the preservation and protection of raptors.

We also do off site programs for schools, nature centers, scouts, birthday parties, public displays, etc.ย  This is done on a fee basis. Please call for details!

Hacking for hawk rescue or owl rehabilitation.

Hacking is an old falconry technique that is literally, thousands of years old. Hacking (AKA soft release) is how we re-introduced the Golden Eagle back to the Cumberland Plateau in northwest Georgia, the American Bald eagle to the Lake Allatoona area north of Atlanta and the Peregrine Falcon in downtown Atlanta.ย  We can help you with this procedure or provide it as a service.
For more information, see our blog post on Hacking Orphaned Hawks and Owls.

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16 hours ago

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I received a call one day, probably 10 years ago, from a friend of a mom who had lost her son in a one car rollover crash. He was a good kid; smart, very popular and drove a Volvo, but had over corrected when one of his tires went off the pavement and the car's roof had been crushed by a tree, killing him instantly.

The school was having a Lacrosse memorial game for him that Saturday evening and this friend asked if I could being a hawk to fly around the stadium. The young man had always told his mom that he went before she did, he would come back to visit her as a Red tailed hawk, his favorite bird.

I offered the various reason why this wouldn't be possible (it takes a LOT of training to get used to birds flying around stadiums - they don't fly at night - I didn't fly my imprint because of her aggressive nature, etc.,etc.,etc)

Anyway I offered my apologies and ask where the young man was buried and it turned out to be a very small plot established in 1800 not 10 minutes from my house on Farmerville Rd in Milton.

This lady told me that on several occasions when her friend had visited her son's grave, a Red-tailed hawk would be perched near the cemetery and how excited she was that he was sending her a sign.

We finally said our goodbyes. I hung up and had a good cry.

I went in to Mina's molted feather collection and picked out a beautiful tail feather that she had recently shed, then drove it over to the cemetery and found his grave, which was easy to spot, because it had a bench and a mailbox where his school friend left messages for him. There were all sorts of toys and other memories left for him which made me tear up all over again.

I didn't want to be too obvious about where I placed the feather, like on the bench or in the mailbox, so I just closed my eyes and let go of it near his grave so I know she would find it.

I've done this a handful of times throughout the years, offering a peaceful reassurance that her son's spirit does indeed fly on the wings of his favorite bird...
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I received a call one day, probably 10 years ago, from a friend of a mom who had lost her son in a one car rollover crash. He was a good kid; smart, very popular and drove a Volvo, but had over corrected when one of his tires went off the pavement and the cars roof had been crushed by a tree, killing him instantly.

The school was having a Lacrosse memorial game for him that Saturday evening and this friend asked if I could being a hawk to fly around the stadium. The young man had always told his mom that he went before she did, he would come back to visit her as a Red tailed hawk, his favorite bird.

I offered the various reason why this wouldnt be possible (it takes a LOT of training to get used to birds flying around stadiums - they dont fly at night - I didnt fly my imprint because of her aggressive nature, etc.,etc.,etc)

Anyway I offered my apologies and ask where the young man was buried and it turned out to be a very small plot established in 1800 not 10 minutes from my house on Farmerville Rd in Milton. 

This lady told me that on several occasions when her friend had visited her sons grave, a Red-tailed hawk would be perched near the cemetery and how excited she was that he was sending her a sign.

We finally said our goodbyes. I hung up and had a good cry.

I went in to Minas molted feather collection and picked out a beautiful tail feather that she had recently shed, then drove it over to the cemetery and found his grave, which was easy to spot, because it had a bench and a mailbox where his school friend left messages for him. There were all sorts of toys and other memories left for him which made me tear up all over again.

I didnt want to be too obvious about where I placed the feather, like on the bench or in the mailbox, so I just closed my eyes and let go of it near his grave so I know she would find it.

Ive done this a handful of times throughout the years, offering a peaceful reassurance that her sons spirit does indeed fly on the wings of his favorite bird...

 

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What a loving, kind and compassionate thing for you to do!! You will never know the comfort you have given her!!

Well done, tears..

What a lovely thing to do x

You're a good, kind, person Monteen๐Ÿ‘

Beautiful!!!!

This is the sweetest thing Iโ€™ve ever heard.

Wow how awesome. It's my favorite bird as well and still get excited like a kid when I see one. You probably made that mother's day when she found it.

That small jester is sooo important to that mom. Such a beautiful thing to doโฃ๏ธ

I can't imagine having to bury someone you birthed and raised. I would guess they are never quite the same, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other from day to day. It's hard enough for me to lost a cat or one of my birds. With each death that comes, I hope I go before the next one, but then I know that no one would love them as much as I do.

I find your posts inspirational

You are a true angel

That is a wonderful thing for you to take time to make her very very happy. Your a fantastic friend๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The only way I made it through that awful first year without my son was the daily visit from a hawk.

Beautiful

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1 day ago

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Thank you all for your help over on Amazon!

This email is to notify you that Hawk Talk Inc (EIN: 58-2099672) has been issued a $228.76 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between April 1 and June 30, 2018. The donation was deposited to your organization's bank account on or before August 15, 2018. It may take several days for the donation to appear in the account.
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Yeehaw!

It might not sound like a lot, especially when you consider Mike Rowe's fdn averages about 60k a quarter, but for a little nobody over here in nowhereville, it tickles me pink, it does! ๐Ÿ™‚

YOU ARE SOMEBODY. You have a gift of understanding and healing for these SPECIAL creatures.

All my money goes to Amazon and I'm proud to have you as my chosen charity. <3

Thank you, Monteen, for what you are doing for these beautiful creatures!

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2 days ago

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Poor old man...this elderly male Great horned owl was struck by a car and was picked up by Forsyth County Animal Shelter. It's a 80 minute trip back and forth but I told them if they would do intake, then I would spend the $$ on gas going back and forth to pick them up. So few animal control/shelters will even mess with raptors, so I appreciate their help.

The poor dear cannot stand but he can move his feet and legs, more movement on the right side than the left.

Given the fact that I no longer have access to pro bono surgical care, I'm hoping nothing is broken.youtube.com
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Iโ€™d like to help. Would you be able to estimate the cost for his care?

I've had so much loss lately...sometimes, I think I need to get a regular job at a library or something...

Poor baby! I'm so sorry. Hope he didn't suffer for very long.

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Iโ€™m sorry to hear you are struggling. (Hugs). I honestly hope you are able to keep up your important work.

Imagine if we could see what he has seen Fair play for helping him

Wow, he was a beautiful animal

He was warm and cared for with pain meds on board when he passed. They know you love them and youโ€™re caring for them....I know they do!

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2 weeks ago

Love the owletts!
Love the owlets!
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Me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

2 weeks ago

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He is such a magnificent bird!

Canโ€™t wait to come meet him w Cameron! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

What a hoot!

Owl's like 92% of the time have that look on their faces like our parents did when they knew we did something really bad and they knew it.

Oh heck yeah!!!!!

Do u still have Fiona?

Brandee Moore we need to go out there

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2 weeks ago

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Cotton and Gabby

I was afraid he would flip out at the sound of that dreadfully loud motorcycle, but he handled it well!youtube.com
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2 weeks ago

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This one probably won't make it either, but you have to try.youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Monteen for all you do and for giving this dear poor guy a chance. Do you think he's starving due to his injury or some other reason? Hoping for a happy outcome.

The injury is secondary. Starving could be due to the fact that he's a baby or it could be West Nile. I'm tube feeding him a high protein gruel about 15 cc's at a time.

There will be another one around the corner that will need some help...

3 weeks ago

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Cottons face in these photos is just priceless. Lol!

He's in the middle of his moult and he's thinking..."I'm not exactly at my BEST here..."

3 weeks ago

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Uncle Earnie graduating to the Big Boy chamber!

 

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Is he happy or hungry in this?

They're always pissed and looking for an excuse to scream. These birds are aliens, sure 'nuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 weeks ago

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The head tremors and seizing started last night and found the dear Red-tailed hawk dead by the time I got up to check on him at 5am.

I'm guessing West Nile Virus.

Out of the 70 cases that The Raptor Center in Minnesota dealt with, 60 of them died.

There is no 'treatment' per se, only 'supportive therapy' (fluids and tube feeding) - I guess their survival depends on how fast they are rescued and care giving can commence.

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I have seen a couple of them on the side of the road the last couple of year....I would suspect west Nile is likely because I typically don't see them just lying on the Side of the road....it is sad

Iโ€™m sorry, Monteen. If he had any chance at all, it was because you were caring for him.

The people down below me have their dog and birds on the patio in this heat..I'm sure they will get this too..warm water setting around. .it's a matter of time.

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I am sorry , because of you his last days were not about any of the horrible things that can happen to an injured animal in the wild, he did pass in a warm snuggle like a nest belly filled, ect...

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