2014 Year End Newsletter
It has been an exciting and eventful year for Hawks, Honkers & Hoots. Thank you so much for being a part of it. In sports, there’s an analogy called the "sophomore slump," wherein an athlete breaks onto the scene and takes it by storm, but the following year is not so glorious. Two things are certain with HH&H: we’re not athletes and there was no sign of 2014 being a "sophomore slump". We ended 2014 having participated in an explosive 31 presentations and festivals!!! WHEW! Compared to only 10 in 2013, maybe we are athletes after all. Our goal in 2014 was to educate as many people as possible about the wonderful birds here in the Central Valley drove us to visit schools, festivals, libraries, retirement homes, and even a wildlife art show. We had our 2nd Annual Wings & Wine Fundraiser with a great selection of silent auction items and, something new. We played "Jeop-Birdy" which featured "Alex Trebeak" and challenged the bird knowledge of those in attendance. It was a "hoot"! We also added three new ambassadors to HH&H. Trek, our wonderfully handsome Swainson’s Hawk joined us in March, and an American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in the United States in August. After wrestling with names for him, we decided on Hover. Hover appeared at several of our presentations towards the end of the year and is doing well with his training. Our third addition is a special Osprey named Phoenix and HH&H is quite honored to have her. We adopted Phoenix from a rescue in Oregon in November, and she is adjusting well in her new home in California. Ospreys are very unique birds in many ways, and her training may take longer than the others, but we are very excited for the day that we share her with you. Murphy our Red-tailed Hawk, Bolt our Peregrine Falcon, Clicky our Western Screech Owl, and Digger our Burrowing Owl all are doing well and enjoying some R&R before the new year of presentations and festivals begins. This upcoming year is looking promising for. We already have scheduled the Galt Bird Winter Festival, three presentations at Sacramento area libraries, and a presentation with the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Conservancy to name a few. If you or someone you know would like to book a program, please visit our website. So many wonderful people along the way have been fantastic supporters of HH&H. We thank you for everything; without you we would not be able to continue. We hope to see you at a festival or in the audience at one of our programs in 2015. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we can only continue to educate our communities through the kind and generous donations from our friends. Please consider including Hawks, Honkers & Hoots in your end-of-year contributions. Our birds very much appreciate financial contributions, as well as donations of mice and quail through Layne Labs via the donation page on our website. We are also squirreling away money for HH&H to purchase a laptop computer for educational purposes, helping us to spread the word. Everyone at Hawks, Honkers & Hoots wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.
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