Broad-winged Hawk #16-2175 spent the winter resting and healing at the Center. On March 3, the hawk was moved to a larger flight pen to begin daily exercise and flight conditioning in preparation for release this spring. Broad-winged Hawk patients aren't released before April 1; the rehabilitation staff is conditioning the hawk now so she can be prepared for release as soon as possible.
During the past ten days, the hawk has been consistently making five to six passes end-to-end in the flight pen. The staff and students have noticed a slight left-wing droop, but hope the hawk's strength and stamina will improve with continued exercise.