Middle School Students Celebrate Injured Hawk's Recovery, Release
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - An Albemarle County middle school is cheering on the recovery of a stricken hawk.
Last week, the bird flew into a window at Burley Middle School. After a few days of rehabilitation, it was released back into the wild on Thursday.
The female hawk has been under the microscope of Burley students, who have been watching her every move in hopes she would be able to fly again.
Herman – the name of the hawk before students learned it was female – flew into a cafeteria window on Friday. Sixth grade science teacher Michael Barber was called to the rescue. Barber has brought dozens of animals to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
The hawk suffered from head and internal trauma, bruised lungs and fluids in that area. Barber checked up on Herman routinely during her stay. He says it was something that brought the whole school together.
“I have students coming up to me in the hall all the time asking how the hawk is and other staff members,” Barber said. “We’ve put updates on the morning announcements at the school just about every day to let them know what’s going on.”
The hawk is tagged with a band so the Wildlife Center can study her habits for research.
The school is now starting a Wildlife Center of Virginia campaign to help raise money for the organization. Right now, they take in animals for free but care can cost anywhere from $200 to $300.