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Rare Golden Eagle Hatched in WNY
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Rare Golden Eagle Hatched in WNY

East Aurora - After a combined 50 years in captivity, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s pair of resident non-releasable golden eagles unexpectedly hatched their first chick, named Legacy. The 40 year old female golden eagle, Cherokee, and her 20 year old mate named Canyon both sustained previous injuries in the wild before being taken in by Hawk Creek in 2003 and 1995 respectively. Due to their age and life in captivity, a successful hatching was never anticipated. It is, however, a joyous surprise and an offering of hope for the organization’s staff, volunteers, and the declining golden eagle populations of the wild.

The public can watch a live broadcast of Legacy, WNY’s golden eagle chick, growing up and being cared for by its attentive eagle parents. Visit Hawk Creek at www. ustream.tv/channel/hawkcreek-wildlife or www.facebook.com/hawkcreekwildlife to witness these formidable birds of prey diligently care for their first chick with astounding grace and tenderness. Hawk Creek is currently seeking an infrared video camera, laptop, and donations for other video broadcasting expenses to offer a more accessible public viewing experience. Hawk Creek is excited to share with the public this rare and unique opportunity to watch a local golden eagle grow up and become the most powerful avian predator species in the United States. To support this local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’s efforts, please contact Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. at 716-652-8646, info@hawkcreek.org, or P.O. Box 662 East Aurora, NY 14052.

Canyon and Cherokee both serve as ambassadors for their species by being featured in educational outreach and on-site programming for school, corporation, and public audiences. They convey the important message of environmental conservation in effort to ensure a brighter future for the wild golden eagles of the United States and worldwide. This non-releasable golden eagle pair can never be returned to the wild to soar free. Their unexpected and healthy chick, however, offers a sense of hope, faith, and the will to persevere in the face of doubt. Legacy will be driven to the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri this August to join another young eagle for preparation before release during the fall migration. The young eagle will be fitted with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band for identification prior to release into the wild. Although this eaglet’s parents are no longer able to fly, Legacy will soon be soaring free across our skies to help replenish currently declining populations of this truly majestic and sacred species.

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. has been featured on Rachael Ray, Conan O’Brien, PBS, and was voted a Blue Planet Hero by National Geographic. Over 80 non-releasable animals from around the world call Hawk Creek home while hundreds more are rehabilitated at the Center each year. Founded in East Aurora in 1987, Hawk Creek is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wildlife education, rehabilitation, and conservation services to the community.

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