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Thu May 16, 2019, 05:56 AM

Rare hawk that flew from Mexico to Maine will be memorialized


Friends of Deering Oaks is trying to raise $29,000 to pay a Maine artist to create a life-sized bronze sculpture of the rare great black hawk that took up residence in the park last year.

The raptor captured widespread attention from birders and the public after it settled in the park, thousands of miles from its native range in Central and South America, from late November until it was found unable to fly during a snowstorm on Jan. 20.

It was only the second time a great black hawk had been seen in the United States, Maine Audubon said.

If the fundraising campaign is successful, the organization hopes the artwork can be installed in November, about a year after the hawk referred to as a vagrant by birders because it strayed from its natural habitat was first spotted in Portland.


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