For the past year, International Expeditions has partnered with the Alabama Wildlife Center to release several birds into the NWF-certified wildlife habitat around the office, and to rebuild and restore nearby nests. So it was a treat for IE staffers to join the wildlife center's Director of Education to release two rehabilitated broad-winged hawks!
The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility and annually receives approximately 2,500 animals from over 100 different species. The two broad-winged hawks released at IE were found in the Birmingham suburbs and brought to the center to be treated for injuries. AWC makes every effort to place rehabilitated birdlife back with its parents, but in these two cases, the original nests could not be located.
After extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and three weeks of prey testing, these two raptors are new members of the Environs Park family.
About Broad-Winged Hawks:
A small, stocky, forest-dwelling hawk of eastern deciduous forests, the broad-winged hawk is hard to see on its nesting grounds, but becomes more conspicuous on migration when it congregates into flocks.
The broad-winged hawk comes in two color phases: the common light phase and a rare dark phase. The dark form is entirely sooty brown with a tail like the light morph, and with whitish flight feathers contrasting with the dark wing linings.
The broad-winged hawk completely leaves its breeding grounds in the fall and winter. Huge numbers of migrating broad-wings can be seen at hawk watches across the East. It usually migrates in large flocks or "kettles" that can range from a couple of individuals to thousands.