Conservation breeding has been a part of Hawk Creek’s legacy since 1994 with the inception of the Barn Owl breeding project. Before the program was launched, sightings of Barn Owls in the wild were rare. From 1994-2014, over 235 healthy Barn Owls were released to the wild and dozens more have been sent to zoos and wildlife centers for education and breeding. In recognition of its work, the Center was awarded the International Conservation Award from the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE).
The success of the Barn Owl project guided us to begin conservation propagation work with five more species; the Eurasian Lynx, Geoffroy’s Cat, Sand Cat, Martial Eagle, and Eurasian Eagle Owl. Ex situ conservation, or the process of protecting species outside of its natural habitat, has become increasingly important as habitat loss and other anthropogenic (human related) factors threaten wildlife. Through propagation we are creating a backup plan to avoid the extinction of a species from our planet.
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) gave Hawk Creek its annual Conservation award for our efforts and success in raising the population of one of the rarest raptors in the New York state.
EURASIAN EAGLE OWL
The Eurasian Eagle Owl Project was started in 2017. The goal was to increase the population of the largest species of owl in the world for use in education programs. These beautiful birds are powerful ambassadors for owl conservation.
GEOFFROY’S CAT PROJECT
The Geoffroy’s Cat thrives in some of the harshest environments, but even this formidable species is near threatened. Hawk Creek’s Geoffroy’s Cat conservation project aims to help insure the survival of this lesser known yet remarkable wild cat.
WALK WITH THE EAGLES
Honored around the globe, eagles have inspired man as seen in art, literature, and religious and government symbols. Even these iconic birds however need a helping hand from humans if they are to survive in this ever changing world.
SAND CAT PROJECT
Rescued from war-torn Sudan, Juba, Sahara and Nyala were sent to Hawk Creek to become founders for the Sand Cat population in the US. These cats will help to create an “ark” for their imperiled species.
EURASIAN LYNX PROJECT
The Eurasian Lynx is proof that conservation propagation programs work – they were once down to 700 individuals! Now their population has increased 10 fold and they are a beacon of hope for other wildlife that is still waiting for their recovery story.
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center is one of New York State’s leading wildlife rehabilitation centers for native wildlife. Each year we have cared for as many as 500 injured and orphaned patients .