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Saving the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk!

Organized by The Peregrine Fund
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Saving the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk! Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front
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Join our efforts to save Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks!

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All funds raised will go directly to PEREGRINE FUND INC
$3,380 raised
216 items sold of
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
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  • Saving the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk! Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Saving the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk! Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Saving the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk! Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by The Peregrine Fund

About this campaign

Our biologists are starting their field work in Puerto Rico as you read this. You're purchase of a shirt will help support their efforts!

2Z perched calmly near her nest treepngEven before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the entire recorded population of Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks was just 75 individuals in the 2017 breeding season. We feared the worst after the hurricanes, wondering if any bird could survive sustained winds of 155 mph.

We initially found just 19 individuals—a decline of 75%.

Hurricane Maria decimated the forests, actually stripping the leaves off the relatively few trees left standing. The majority of mature trees were blown down, uprooted, or snapped off, leaving only palm trees and tree ferns. Without foliage, nestlings don’t have shelter from heat, rain, or predators. Given the scale of devastation in Puerto Rico, we estimate full recovery of the forest could take up to 20 years.

Even adult birds are subject to starvation because their main prey—small birds like tanagers, warblers, and vireos—also depend on adequate forest habitat. With such difficult conditions, our first act was to provide supplemental food so the remaining Sharp-shinned Hawks could become healthy enough to breed.

As eggs appeared in the last two spring seasons, we carefully moved some into incubators to hatch in a secure, climate-controlled breeding facility on the island. Since these hawks normally produce a second set of eggs if the first set is lost, we are able to raise chicks in the safety of our facility without compromising the wild parents’ success. In our first year of captive-rearing, we raised and released six young as the wild pairs raised only two.

Since that first breeding season, we have continued to provide supplemental feeding to adult birds raising nestlings in the wild and have raised and released more captive-hatched birds. We are hopeful that this coming spring will bring the addition of more young hawks to the slowly recovering forests of Puerto Rico.






Supporters

Margo Beasley 1 item

My daughter is studying Wildlife Resources at Univ of Idaho and has a passion for birds. Shirt is for her.

Rochelle M Rieck 1 item

For raptor Conservation

Anonymous 1 item + $100

My son has worked on this project and been to Puerto Rico on several occasions. I am very well aware of the plight that these birds are in. There were very few left even before the hurricane!

Osvaldo Araya 1 item

Because I know how important this money is for supporting this project. I'm a birder and I hope that when I have kids they will be able to see a Sharp-shinned Hawk and enjoy them as I do.

Renee McCanles 1 item
Anonymous 1 item
Jeff Grayum 2 items

I work here.

Anonymous 1 item + $10
Jonah 1 item + $5

Keep fighting the good fight

Jerome Gaw 1 item

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