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Alisa, Red-tailed Hawk
Updated 6/16/2017 1:56:08 PM 

Alisa, the Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicencis

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Alisa Alisa the Red-tailed Hawk was found standing on the ground under her nest in Arlee, and was retrieved by the landowner after several days. We determined that she was blind, and rehabber Judy Hoy hand fed her mice with cell salts, electrolytes, and MSM confident that her vision would improve. With monthly visits to our veterinarian Dr. Doug Bower at Florence Veterinary Clinic, we were encouraged to find that she had pupil reaction could see by the end of the summer, but not well enough to release. She and her roommate Ansel the Gyrfalcon/Peregrine are pals and share a 16 foot building with different ends of the enclosure for roosting at night. Alisa has been the model for dozens of Birds And Art classes, and the star of school assemblies.

She got her brick-red tail after dropping all twelve tail feathers at once in July of her first year, and they all came back with adult coloration. Her name comes from my friend, Alisa Clancy, jazz aficionado, professor, and announcer at KCSM radio - College of San Mateo, California, streaming live on the web, check it out! Alisa the Hawk's first program was also a radio event: Montana Public Radio's childrens' program, Pea Green Boat. We are on for an hour every two months, and yes, we do have live birds on the radio on a Thursday, after their jazz show. Just imagine.

We are heartbroken to report that Alisa suddenly died this spring, and we have just discovered the cause. We sent her body to Auburn University Veterinary Labs at the suggestion of our friend Dr. Jamie Bellah. He reports that she had acute Clostridial enteritis, unusual in raptors. A bacterium she picked up somehow, and the end of an exemplary life as educator.

  • Date Acquired: 12/7/2009
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