Species: Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Hatch Date: Spring 2016
Reason for Captivity: Vision loss, Right eye
Weight: 2.2 lbs
Joined TRC Team: September 2017
In an all-too-familiar story, Hardeman was struck by a vehicle in the Spring of 2017 and he lost vision in his right eye. He was treated at the Alabama Wildlife Center - when he failed his live prey testing reality set in that he would not return to the wild and would, therefore, have to find a permanent home in education. Ruby, our other resident Red-Tailed Hawk, is much darker in color, a female, and much older. Having a young, lighter colored, male hawk to contrast with Ruby is a great addition to the team! Hardeman is already picking up on the routine of TRC and has even begun some flight training.
Photo Credit: Steve Poole