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 Awardfrom the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE).
The success of the Barn Owl project guided us to begin conservation propagation work with six more species; the Siberian Lynx, Canada Lynx, Geoffroy’s Cat, Martial Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, and Trumpeter Hornbill. 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. By breeding these animals, 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.
Illusive and mysterious, the Canada Lynx is one of our country’s most threatened predators. Learn how Kree and Kodiak are helping to conserve their wild relatives through Hawk Creek’s Canada Lynx conservation 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.
Honored around the globe, eagles have inspired man as seen in art, literature, and religious and government symbols. In 1782, the United States chose the bald eagle as its national symbol.