The Passing of an Ambassador
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Tanner, the Red-tailed Hawk, a 20 year resident of Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
On Sunday, June 10, Tanner passed away unexpectedly but peacefully, surrounded by his caretakers. Although his exact age was unknown, he was estimated to be about 21 years old. Tanner came to the Nature Center in March 1998 after sustaining an injury as a juvenile. His flying was permanently impaired, making him non-releasable into the wild.
Instead he joined the Nature Center family of animal ambassadors, becoming one of our most beloved and inspiring raptors. Tanner would amaze hundreds of school children each year with his awesome size and curious gaze. He was also a favorite bird in our public weekend programs. Visitors who were lucky enough to hear Tanner's piercing call, would not soon forget it!
He was a true ambassador, inspiring not only visitors and students, but staff and volunteers as well. May you reach new heights - free to soar now, Tanner!