With the help of Johnstown's Ohio Nature Education (ONE), a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was released into the wild on Dec. 30.

With the help of Johnstown's Ohio Nature Education (ONE), a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk was released into the wild on Dec. 30.

Manon VanSchoyck, ONE director and founder, and Dave Rice of Johnstown released the bird into the area where Rice found him in late October.

"Upon examination it appeared that the hawk had probably been hit by a car or collided with something, as it was thin, dehydrated and suffered an injury to its left eye," VanSchoyck said. "After some initial care the hawk was moved to an outdoor aviary for reconditioning for release."

VanSchoyck said she also wanted to wait for a stretch of decent weather to release the bird.

On the day Rice found the injured hawk, he said, a larger red tailed hawk was calling from the trees.

VanSchoyck said the other hawk was most likely a female and the injured bird's mate, since the hawks mate for life.

Also released on Dec. 30 was an immature Cooper's hawk that had been found in the Newark area with a head injury.

Ohio Nature Education, a nonprofit organization, provides a permanent home for animals that are too sick or injured to go back into the wild.

A mission of ONE is to incorporate the animals into environmental education programs, with the goal of instilling in audiences an appreciation of the natural world.

For more information about ONE, call 740 967-8320 or visit their Web site at www.ohionature.org.