Heat prompts thousands of young hawks to leave nest early

Tucson's Wildlife Center is caring for 200 young Cooper's hawks which left the nest too early to survive. Thousands more were left in place where they fell.

June is when most young Cooper's hawks leave their nests, as they develop the ability to fly they typically spend a week on the ground learning.

The hotter than normal temperatures are speeding up this natural process. 

According to staff at the Wildlife Center, the parent hawks are usually perched nearby watching for any potential threats, whether human or other animals.  

While most of the young hawks will survive without human intervention, the Wildlife Center is offering the following advice to the 2,000 plus callers:

  • If the fledglings have mostly brown feathers, are walking well and appear healthy with no crusting around the beak or eyes, and if they have found shade, Bates advises people to leave them alone. The parent hawks likely are monitoring them from a nearby perch.
  • If the young birds are mostly white with downy feathers and appear healthy they can be placed in a makeshift nest.

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