Cooper's Hawk Fallston 1

“Fallston”

Cooper’s Hawk 
Accipiter cooperii

Fallston the Cooper’s Hawk is originally from Fallston, MD, where he was rehabilitated in 2001 after a collision with an unknown object. He has a permanently injured left wing, nerve damage to his tail, and has also suffered neurological trauma. He cannot fly well enough to hunt, so he was transferred to VINS in 2009. Fallston enjoys perching on the very highest branch in his enclosure, where he has a great view of our forest.
Cooper’s Hawks belong to a group of hawks called “Accipiters,” a unique, forest-dwelling genus of hawks that rely on speed and stealth to hunt birds in close quarters. Their wide, compact wings and long thin toes help them maneuver and grab onto tiny songbirds perching on tree branches, or even on the bird feeder in your backyard! A similar-looking but smaller species, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, is also a frequent feeder visitor.
Cooper's Hawk Fallston 2
Cooper's Hawk Fallston 3

Adopt Packages

Thank you for helping support the care of our Cooper's Hawk, Fallston, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

$30

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Digital Photo

$50

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate
Species Fact Sheet
Color Photo
Window Cling Decal

$100

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag

$500

ADOPT PACKAGE

Adoption Certificate 
Species Fact Sheet 
Color Photo 
Window Cling Decal
Reusable Shopping Bag
Behind-the-Scenes Tour