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Release for Peregrine Falcon Mom Found Shot

A mother peregrine falcon and her daughter were both found shot within a week of each other and taken to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Now, 18 months later, the recovered mother – named Haya by rescuers – is being released in Richmond.


The Wildlife Hospital at Lindsay Wildlife Museum provides veterninary care to over 5,000 injured animals a year, with the goal of returning them to the wild. These releases are always an exciting event at the Museum, especially for the staff and volunteers who have been caring for the animals.

The hospital has recently launched a new program for the public, for a donation, to experience the thrill of a recovered animal returning home. To sign up for email notification of upcoming releases, visit http://wildlife-museum.org/hospital/releases. All tax-deductible donations go directly to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum's hospital to care for sick and injured wildlife.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum's wildlife hospital is proud to announce an upcoming release of a Peregrine Falcon in Richmond. The release had been scheduled for last week, but was delayed due to the stormy weather.

In June 2011 the wildlife hospital was surprised to receive two peregrine falcons, one adult and one juvenile, within one week of each other. Both had been shot and both suffered a broken bone in their wings. Surprise turned to shock and sadness when we realized that not only were the peregrines found one block from each other, but they were in fact mother and daughter.

One and a half years later we are proud to announce the release of Haya, the mother of the pair, named by falcon enthusiasts who first saw her appear at the Fruitvale Bridge in 2009. Haya arrived at our wildlife hospital with gunshot wounds and a fractured ulna. Our veterinarian, Dr Shannon Riggs, surgically repaired the broken bone. The surgery was just the start of this falcon's incredible journey.

Over the last 18 months Haya has had multiple surgeries, has overcome a severe bone infection, has been anesthetized multiple times for radiographs and has broken and molted in a complete set of feathers. She finally has undergone falconry training with master falconer Jim DeRoque. Jim has spent countless hours working with her and it is because of his dedication that she is conditioned and ready for release.

Charlotte Dickert is a docent at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek and a blogger on Walnut Creek Patch.

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