A red-tailed hawk injured in Knox Mountain Park has now been rehabilitated and will be released back into the park on Sunday.
The raptor was taken in by the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls about a month ago.
SORCO is a non-profit organization supported entirely by donations from the public, with no government funding.
It has been operating for many years on the basis of donations and volunteers’ efforts.
The rehab centre takes in injured and orphaned birds of prey, treats and cares for them so they can be released back into the wild.
Every effort is made to release birds to the spot they were found injured so they can reunite with their mates and go back to hunting in familiar territory.
SORCO is not a zoo and is not open to the public. It was built and designed as a hospital and clinic for sick birds. Human contact causes stress on the birds, particularly damaging when they’re in ill health.
To donate to SORCO and learn more about the organization, go to the website at: www.sorco.org
The public is invited to watch the release now the red-tailed hawk has been returned to good health, at 2 p.m., April 3, inside the park.
Bring your camera.