FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jeffrey P. Lane, SRP, (602) 236-2500
October 24, 2017

SRP Employees to Release Rescued Falcon, Hawks

What: Salt River Project employees this week will be releasing a Peregrine falcon, which was found at Theodore Roosevelt Dam during a June heat wave, at the dam on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, SRP also will be releasing one — and possibly two — red-tailed hawks at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area site on the Tonto National Forest.

The employees from SRP’s Hydro Generation division at Roosevelt Dam found the falcon after it had jumped out of its nest. The bird was too young to fly. Liberty Wildlife treated the falcon and it is now ready to be released. One of the red-tailed hawks to be released Thursday was found at the switchyard adjacent to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station by SRP employees. The hawk was also too young to fly.

When/Where: The Peregrine falcon will be released at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Roosevelt Dam overlook parking lot. There are three routes to the lake, depending upon point of origination. From north Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale, take the Beeline Highway (Highway 87) north to Highway 188. Take 188 south for about 40 miles passing through Jake's Corner and Punkin Center to Roosevelt Lake. From Globe and the southeast Valley, take Highway 188 for about 30 miles north of Globe. Both routes are all paved.

The red-tailed hawk(s) will be released at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area site, located 16 miles northeast of Mesa. Take the Superstition Freeway (US 60) east to Power Road /Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Highway for nine miles to FR 169, and turn left. Follow FR 169 for one mile to the site. The entire route is paved.

GOOGLE MAPS ALSO PROVIDES DIRECTIONS TO ROOSEVELT DAM AND THE PHON D SUTTON RECREATION AREA.

CONTACT: SRP spokesman Jeff Lane at (602) 818-5187. He will be at the site. The SRP employees and Liberty Wildlife will be available for interviews.

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