Tree care company helps with baby hawk re-nesting

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Mike O’Loughlin from Signature Tree Care re-nesting the baby hawk

We’d like to extend a very big thank you to Signature Tree Care. The crew there helped the von Arx Wildlife Hospital re-nest a baby red-shouldered hawk in Bonita Springs.

Tuesday, the hawk was found on the ground in a Bonita Springs neighborhood. In fact, when it was discovered, the mother hawk was actually lying on her baby in the grass trying to protect the nestling.

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Once our volunteer Critter Couriers were on scene, he assessed the situation and brought the baby back to the hospital to determine if the hawk had been injured in the fall. The baby was healthy so we coordinated a plan to re-nest.

Critter Courier Tim Thompson met Mike O’Loughlin from Signature Tree Care Wednesday afternoon for the re-nesting. Mike had helped re-nest an eaglet earlier this season, so he had some experience with what we needed to accomplish.

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He needed to attach a basket to the tree and place the baby in the nest basket, all while being dive bombed by one of the parent hawks.

And once he had finished, he received a standing ovation from a crowd of interested neighbors that had gathered.

So again, thank you to Signature Tree Care for helping us with this re-nesting, and so many others in the past!

Click PLAY below to see Signature Tree Care owner Ian Orlikoff speak about a number of different topics — including the best time to trim trees, how to check for wildlife and more!

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