Galileo was found stuck in a barbed wire fence in Northern Utah in the summer of 2016. He was rescued by local birder photographers Ron Dudley and Mia McPherson and taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. He had significant injuries to the patagial part of his wing. Although his wing healed up, he had too much exposure to humans, and unfortunately cannot be released back into the wild. Through a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he was transferred to HawkWatch International in November 2016. Galileo's name is a reference to Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer who looked towards the heavens.