The Friends of Largo Nature Parks are asking for name suggestions for the male hawk, right, pictured with another new addition to the park’s permanent care, Gwen.
LARGO – McGough Nature Park is the new home for two red-shouldered hawks, one of which needs to be named per a contest hosted by the Friends of Largo Nature Parks.
The female, Gwen, who was found with a permanently damaged wing by one of the Friends, became a surrogate mother to 10 baby hawks the Friend also was caring for. Nine of the baby hawks were eventually released back into the wild.
However, one male – born partially blind – bonded with Gwen and will remain in the park’s care. Because of their injuries, neither Gwen, nor the young male could survive in the wild.
The Friends of the Largo Nature Parks invite Largo residents to help name the new male hawk. To participate, submit your favorite name to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can visit McGough Nature Park to submit your idea for a name. Entries will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 12.
The Friends will vote on their favorite submission and announce the name of the male hawk at a Welcome Home Hawks event Saturday, Sept. 20, 3 to 6 p.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. The event will offer an opportunity for the public to become educated on the birds of prey program and conservation.
To support the hawks by becoming a member, volunteering, or making a donation to the Friends of the Largo Nature Parks, call 518-3047 or visit. McGough Nature Center is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.