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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
No. 139

Will He Fly? Parks Commissioner Releases Rehabilitated Red-tailed Hawk Into The Skies of Central Park

DATE: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Dana Discovery Center, Central Park

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe will release a juvenile red-tailed male hawk which was rescued from the streets of the Bronx by caring citizens in late June. He will be joined by Wildlife In Need Of Rescue and Rehabilitation’s (WINORR) Bobby Horvath, who nursed the bird back to health; Urban Park Rangers, who will host Raptor Fest and “enraptured” first and second graders from P.S. 83 and the Dalton School. The Commissioner will then announce and preview New York City’s 13th Annual Raptor Fest, a free public event to be held on Saturday which celebrates raptors, or birds of prey, in New York City. Additional birds, including an owl and a peregrine falcon, will be present for educational demonstrations.

DETAILS:

The rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was rescued from 149th Street and Melrose Avenue in the Bronx by good Samaritans. Now six-months old, the bird is being released back into the wild. Red-tailed hawks are native to New York City. Only about 25-50% of young hawks make it through the first year of life.

Thirteen different species of falcons, hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey from all over the world will take to the skies at the 13th Annual Raptor Fest, a free, public event to be held on Saturday, October 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Central Park’s Great Hill (Enter at West 106th Street and Central Park West).

Raptor Fest offers New Yorkers of all ages the rare opportunity to watch these magnificent birds of prey fly, dive, and interact with their handlers. Learn all about raptors from wildlife experts, falconers and rehabilitators from the Urban Park Rangers, WINORR and Hawk Creek Wildlife.

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CONTACT: Vickie Karp/ Jesslyn Moser (212) 360-1311

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