Air Force

June 28, 2013

March Airman jumps at chance to save fledgling red-tailed hawk

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
452 AMW public affairs

Senior Airman Rachel Williams holds the fledgling red-tailed hawk she helped save after it fell from a nest atop a 75-foot fuel storage tank. The bird, which is common to this area, was turned over to Wildlife Advocacy Group called Project Wildlife. Since being saved the bird has been taken to an aviary where it will recuperate and eventually be returned to the wild.

When Senior Airman Rachel Williams is not giving pilots and loadmasters the “Go no/go,” or clearance to proceed on a mission, she is helping save wildlife, like the red-tailed hawk she unexpectedly found near building 2240, last month.

“My supervisor, Senior Master Sgt. Taneisha Hardaway, asked if I would like to catch a baby hawk? Without hesitation, I jumped up and said yes,” said Williams. “One of the reasons Hardaway asked her, Williams said, is because William’s nickname, is Elmyra, after a popular cartoon character who is obsessed with animals. Everyone knows, anytime there is a lizard, a snake or any type of animal, I am the person to catch it — I just can’t keep my hands off animals.”

To the best of her knowledge, the young bird of prey had fallen 75-feet from its nest and flew into a barbed wire fence during an attempt to get back to its perch. Williams wanted to ensure the bird did not wander into the street and risk being hit by a passing vehicle, so she kept a watchfuleye on it under a nearby Eucalyptus tree.

Master Sgt. Eric Brasch, loadmaster, 729th Airlift Squadron, took notice and decided to inquire about what she was doing and ask if he could help.
Williams had already attempted to contact someone for help and was waiting for a return call, when Brasch remembered he and his wife were involved in a similar situation with another red-tailed hawk, six months earlier.

“My wife and I volunteer for our neighborhood crime-watch program in Menifee and while on patrol one night, we noticed some people hovering around an injured bird,” said Brasch. “Someone in the group had telephoned an organization called Project Wildlife and a representative came to retrieve the bird.”

Brasch got the number for the rescue organization from his wife and immediately made contact with Ken Dickson. It wasn’t too long after that call that Dickson and his wife, Anysia, arrived on scene to take custody of the hawk.

Anysia conducted the initial series ofchecks on the condition of the hawk, before taking it for transportation to Project Wildlife’s triage center
“The prognosis of the red-tailed hawk is great! Once stabilized, I sent the hawk to our triage center in San Diego, Calif., for a more thorough checkup to make sure I didn’t miss anything out of the ordinary,” she said. “There, the bird was given fluids and food and then transferred again, to a flight cage for continued rehabilitation.”

Anysia explained that the hawk was in the process of fledging, or becoming capable of flight, at the time it was injured in the barbed wire fence. When completely healed, returning the bird back to its old nest is not wise due to the possibility of it reinjuring itself in the same fence, so a new location was carefully being considered, she said.

Project Wildlife has been in existence since 1972. Although headquartered in San Diego, the Dicksons operate out of a satellite facility in Temecula, Calif., where they have volunteered for 13 years. They also triage larger wildlife such as raccoons and opossums. In addition, she assists Fund for Animals in Ramona, Calif., by providing care for animals including bobcats and mountain lions.

“There is a need for what we do here, there really is,” said Anysia. “I get people calling me on the phone, speaking for three hours, trying to find someone to help a with an injured baby bird. It is amazing how much people care. My husband and I are happy to be the ones people can call to lend assistance in these types of cases.

Williams recollected that every time a little birds falls from its nest in the atrium at building 2240, she is always the one who attempts to help, usually by putting it in a shady spot so its parent can continue to feed and nurture it. Ever since she was little, she has always tried to take care of every little bird or animal in need, she said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang

Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retireme...
 
 

Look past 1947 for Air Force roots

The Air Force officially turns 67 this month, but my Uncle Gino thinks it’s older. He’s 90 and the lone surviving brother of my father. Both of them served in World War II, as did two of their siblings. My father was in the Navy, as was his eldest brother, Europeo (his real name, I...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory i...
 

 

A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7, 365-day responsibility to...
 
 
HBI-Web-Graphic

Online risk assessment offers ways to evaluate, improve health

How well do you know yourself? Poor health is not always obvious. Even people who appear healthy can be at risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Health Risk ...
 
 

Life is all about choices

Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October was harvest time for the farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, gathering in the crops they had planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota the harvest...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin