American Kestrel
Falco sparverius

2002 - 2017 |  In Loving Memory of Yaki

Yaki is a female American Kestrel who weighs about 4 ounces and has a wingspan of just over one foot. She was found on May 20, 2002 and left on the doorstep of a rehabilitator in Holladay, Utah. Yaki had injuries to her left humerus in her wing, which unfortunately did not heal correctly. She was transferred to HawkWatch on August 29, 2002. Yaki's name is a reference to the HWI research site on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and commemorates the Sept. 18, 2000 flight of 396 American Kestrels at Yaki Point.  During her 15 years of tenure as an Ambassador to her species, she touched thousands of individuals, sharing her story of conservation.  Yaki will be missed by the many staff and volunteers who knew her well.  We hope she finds new joy as she soars high and long in the eternal blue skies above.

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