Frank the Hawk: Injured Bird Returns to the Skies Thanks to Womble Carlyle’s Delaware Office, Staff Member Ben Galvacky
January 10, 2013
WILMINGTON, DEL.—Who knew that a bulldog could be a hawk’s best friend?
On December 28, Ben Galvacky, a systems analyst in Womble Carlyle’s Wilmington office, noticed a pitiful sight on the sidewalk in front of the firm’s office. A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) limped around, injured and unable unable to fly. The Cooper’s Hawk is on Delaware’s endangered species list.
Galvacky rescued the bird, using a box provided by Reese Hitchens of Digital Legal, one of the firm’s vendors. He contacted Anthony Gonzon, a non-game wildlife biologist at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and Gonzon was able to place the bird, which Galvacky named Frank, at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research in Newark, Del.
On January 9, with his injuries treated and healed, Frank returned to the wild. Tri-State officials released the bird at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, and Frank once again took to the skies.