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Red-Tailed Hawk: Jamaica

 Ed Bird Jamaica

Quick Facts:

  • Hatch year 1985
  • Weight: 3.25 lbs.
  • Found in Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Hit unknown object
  • Un-releasable due to fractured collarbone
  • Flighted

Jamaica’s story:

Jamaica was originally brought to The Raptor Center on July 16, 1985. A hatch-year red-tailed hawk was seen down along Prairie Center Drive at Highway 169 in Eden Prairie, Minn. A concerned citizen reported the sighting to the Department of Natural Resources, which promptly dispatched staff to the site who took the hawk to The Raptor Center. The left side of her collarbone had been fractured. Her injury left her permanently disabled and unable to be released back into the wild. In September 1985 she was transferred to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. After about two years, Jamaica was transferred back to The Raptor Center to join the education department. She’s been here ever since, touching the lives of many in her 22 years of service. Jamaica has laid several eggs over the years, including one in 2006, 2005, 1999, 1997 and two times in 1990.

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