When Autumn was a baby hawk, she was exploring outside of her nest, hopping from branch to branch in her nest tree. She either missed her perch or hopped voluntarily to the ground to explore. Regardless, a human came upon her as she was on the ground and, thinking she was abandoned, the human “rescued” her. (In reality, Autumn’s parents were probably sitting in a tree nearby, watching her being “bird-napped”). Even though the person was trying to help Autumn, she now has a permanent ‘mental’ injury and she will never survive out in the wild. Without her hawk parents, Autumn was not taught to hunt or build a nest like a wild Red-shouldered hawk. When she was finally taken to the vet, she was confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (It is illegal in the United States to own native birds of prey). Autumn was originally placed at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. She was acquired by Callaway Gardens in October 2009.
By adopting Autumn, you are are helping feed, house, and provide medical care for these resident raptors. An adoption can be made in honor of a person, or event, or in memory of someone. See our adoption levels below: