Local bird rehab group needs to expand

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) In its first year more than two decades ago, Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center rehabilitated 20 birds. Last year, it rehabilitated more than 200.

But even with the help of 100 volunteers, the organization can’t keep up with the number of birds that need help. Now the non-profit needs to expand and it’s looking for the public’s help.

The current facilities are old and dilapidated. They were originally intended to handle just a few dozen birds, but with a spike in the number of birds that need help and an expanded coverage area that includes Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, the group has run out of space.

It hopes to find land to build a bird rehabilitation center, sanctuary and education complex. But that will take money and with an annual budget of just $25,000, there isn’t enough to make that happen. So now Soarin’ Hawk is reaching out to the public. If you would like to donate or volunteer, you can contact them here.

A disabled owl was found by an Indiana Department of Transportation crew while it was repairing cable barriers just south of the rest park on Interstate 69 in ‪‎DeKalb County‬. It was taken to Soarin' Hawk for rehabilitation.
A disabled owl was found by an Indiana Department of Transportation crew while it was repairing cable barriers just south of the rest park on Interstate 69 in ‪‎DeKalb County‬. It was taken to Soarin’ Hawk for rehabilitation.

Soarin’ Hawk specializes in rehabilitating Eagles, Hawks, Owls and other birds of prey.