The Red-Tailed Hawk, our
Have you ever seen a Red-Tailed
Hawk soaring on the wind on a bright, clear day, and felt free
and at peace?
The Red-Tailed Hawk, the power animal
(totem) of Mary, co-owner of Hawk in the Wind, is also
It is symbolic of the following for us:
living from Alaska to Panama and nesting in many environments from
trees to cacti.
- Bravery: like all raptors (birds of prey)
the Red-Tailed Hawk must kill other animals to survive. Although its
diet is predominantly rodents, it will sometimes hunt snakes, including
- Vision: with eyesight 8 times
more powerful than ours, it can see a mouse a mile away.
- Boldness: in the courting ritual of the
Red-Tailed Hawk, the female and male soar through the air together then
sometimes descend quickly downward thousands of feet.
- Loyalty: the Red-Tailed Hawk is
monogamous, mating for life and only taking another mate when one dies.
- Beauty and Power.
- In many Native American cultures, the
Red-Tailed Hawk is a sign of good luck.
Although the Red-Tailed Hawk
is not endangered, other
raptors (birds of prey) are. You can help these birds by supporting the work
of raptor rescue/protection organizations and of wildlife conservation
organizations in general.