UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 28, 2022

HawkWatch International brings live birds of prey to DSU

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The “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” continued Tuesday in the Dunford Auditorium with a presentation of birds of prey, showcased by HawkWatch International. 

HawkWatch International, a licensed, non-profit organization based out of Salt Lake City, preserves different types of raptors that have been injured to the point where they cannot hunt, fly or sustain themselves in the wild. HawkWatch International was founded in 1986 to study migration routes in Utah. 

The first bird showcased was a male red-tailed hawk. Winston Brundige, an experienced volunteer, opened up the cage, held the raptor, and explained his unique features. Brundige said he helps care for five birds, but he expects to gain two more soon.

Staff member Janet Hutchenson said her love for wildlife and birds stems from her grandparents and the time she spent outdoors as a child. 

“I love what I’m doing,” Hutchenson said.

Hutchenson pulled out the female hawk and explained the differences between the two birds. She stepped closer to the front row so the patrons could get a better look at her feathers, eyes and talons. 

HawkWatch International strives to understand what’s happening with the birds by studying patterns rather than quickly coming up with answers, Hutchenson said.  

Hutchenson and Brundige will showcase the two birds once again at the St. George Winter Bird Festival Jan. 23 in the Tonaquint Nature Center.