Young hawk's plight inspires support near and far People from across Cornell and far beyond have banded together to ensure the wellbeing of E3, the youngest of three siblings from the nest of Big Red and Ezra, two red-tailed hawks nesting on Cornell's campus. Staff from the College of Veterinary Medicine are caring for the injured fledgling and working with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to update the global online community that followed the lives of these birds 24/7 this season here.
E3 was injured on just one day after he flew from the nest for the first time. As he was resting on a greenhouse roof, an automated vent closed on him as people watched live on the ground and online. Viewers immediately swung into action to contact staff around the university, who arrived on the scene to help and disabled the automated window.
Initially, the crowd feared that E3 was dead. But eventually he stood up, tried to fly, and plummeted to the ground. Cornell Lab of Ornithology staffer Victoria Campbell, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, took him in to the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine, one of only four university-based wildlife centers in the U.S. that provide diagnostic, medical, and surgical care to sick, injured, or otherwise impaired native wildlife.