Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR

by Fundacion Grupo Puntacana
Apr 27, 2011

2011's Reintroduction

Chick in its nest in Los Haitises
Chick in its nest in Los Haitises

In April 2011, the Ecological Foundation and project partners Peregrine Fund and the Hispaniola Ornithological Society began their third reintroduction of Ridgeway Hawks in Punta Cana. As is with every year, the Hawks and their nesting sites were carefully monitored for months before several chicks were carefully selected as potential candidates for reintroduction. Scientists from the Peregrine Fund and the Hispaniola Ornithological Society safely removed, transported, and outfitted the Hawks with their radio transmitters before introducing them into the hacking box.

The hacking box has since been opened and all four of the juveniles are currently exploring their new surroundings and returning to the hacking box to feed. Within the next two weeks our project partners will return with two final juvenile hawks to complete this year’s goal of reintroducing six hawks. At present the four recently reintroduced hawks are being monitored throughout the day (though often from a distance so as not to scare them while they are still familiarizing themselves with the area) and monitoring of the older, established, hawks continues as always as well.

Inspecting the Hawk for any injuries or illnesses
Inspecting the Hawk for any injuries or illnesses
Attaching the radio tracking backpack
Attaching the radio tracking backpack

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Fundacion Grupo Puntacana

Location: Santo Domingo, no applicable - Dominican Republic
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Jacob Kheel
Environmental Director
Santo Domingo, N/A Dominican Republic
$74,166 raised of $95,000 goal
111 donations
$20,834 to go
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