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Friday, June 26, 2009

Unisphere Hawks in the News

The New York Daily News just picked up on the story of the Red-tailed Hawk fledglings in Flushing Meadow Park.

In Queens, hawk chicks take flight from Unisphere and land hard
By Lisa L. Colangelo

Bobby Horvath is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and also a city firefighter.

It's tough being a young bird in the city - especially when you're learning to fly.

But when your nest is tucked inside the Unisphere instead of a tall tree, there are no soft landings.

That was the problem for two baby red-tailed hawks taking their first tentative steps outside the nest last month.

One of them plummeted to the concrete below the Unisphere. A kindhearted person rescued the fuzzy lump of a chick, and it went into the care of Bobby Horvath, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who is also a city firefighter.

Read the entire article here.

As a side note, whenever the media spotlights Bobby and the great work he and his assistants do, they should also point out that he receives no state or federal grants. His organization works strictly on private donations. A little publicity would make his job a bit easier. Perhaps, in between putting out fires, saving wildlife and taking care of his family Bobby could send me a short note with information where people can send any donations.

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