Back in the wild:
A young Cooper’s hawk that spent several weeks at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center was released back to the wild Sept. 16, nearly a month after it had been found injured in Crookston. Tim Driscoll, director of the Urban Raptor Research Project in Grand Forks, had banded the female Cooper’s hawk July 1 in Grand Forks when it was just a hatchling. X-rays taken at the Raptor Center didn’t show any broken bones, Driscoll said, and the bird likely hit a window and suffered minor head trauma. Driscoll is teaching a class in raptor ecology at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and when the Raptor Center contacted him after seeing the tag, he had one of his students, Cayla Bendel of Lakeville, Minn., pick up the young hawk at the Raptor Center last weekend. Bendel transported the recovered bird back to Crookston, where she released it in front of classmates and UMC personnel.
Read the article: OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Pheasants, Advisory Board etc.