Kathy and I had the opportunity to visit Upstate Birds of Prey yesterday and shower with a red-tailed hawk. Natalie and Tim started Upstate in South Carolina but migrated to Blount County near the Smoky Mountains to continue their work rehabilitating injured birds of prey and educating the public about these magnificent birds. I’m grateful that there are people like Natalie and Tim who will give their time and money to develop a facility to care for these raptors. Their current project is a 2 month old red-tailed hawk named Zena. She was found out of the nest and in poor condition by some good Samaritans who got her to Upstate for help. Zena now weighs about 3 pounds and is in good health except that she is blind due to cataracts. Natalie is working desperately to raise enough money so that Zena can have surgery at the University of Tennessee’s Vet Hospital. This will keep Zena from being euthanized. Part of her care includes a daily shower. Kathy and I felt privileged to video and photograph the trust Zena has in Natalie as they shared their daily ritual.
Currently, they have raised almost $2000 from supporters and events like Buffalo Wild Wings Saturday but still need to raise about $1200 for the surgery. If you would like to contribute, there is a pay pal link on their home page at
www.upstatebirdsofprey.org or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Make sure your volume is turned up to hear the audio on this video.