Adopt Aires the Swainson’s Hawk


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Aires was rescued as a juvenile in 1994 after being hit by a car near Raton, New Mexico; the impact caused her left eye to collapse. To prevent infection in the eye socket, veterinarians performed surgery to suture the eyelids together. Because of her injury, Aires is completely blind on her left side and has difficulty judging distances. Although she has no trouble flying, she would be unable to hunt for her own food due to her inability to judge distance. Her name is a nod to Buenos Aires, the largest city in Argentina, the country that is often the final destination for Swainson’s Hawks in their yearly migration. Aires fell ill with West Nile virus in the 2010s. While she did recover, she is now fully retired as an Education Bird.