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The Red-Tailed Hawk

The Red-Tailed Hawk, our Emblem 

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 our emblem. 

It is symbolic of the following for us:

- Adaptability: 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 rattlesnakes.

- 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.