NORWAY, Maine – Norway Savings Bank is proud to donate $5,000 to the Friends of Deering Oaks to help install a sculpture honoring a very special Great Black Hawk.
Last year, a lone Great Black Hawk, native to South America, travelled thousands of miles to settle in Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine. This was the first time such a bird had been spotted this far north. For several months, the hawk survived hunting squirrels, pigeons and other wildlife.
Unfortunately, during a snowstorm on January 20, 2019, the hawk was found on the ground and rescued by a passerby. Ultimately, after 10 days of medical treatment at Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, the hawk succumbed to severe frostbite and had to be euthanized.
“While the hawk lived in Deering Oaks, birdwatchers from all over the country came to see him. We were devastated when he passed,” said Anne Pringle, President of Friends of Deering Oaks Park. “To recognize this incredible event, we wanted to create a permanent reminder for future Park visitors. We decided an authentic, life-sized sculpture in the bird’s likeness accompanied by an interpretive panel would accomplish this goal.”
“This is a significant endeavor and we’re assisting Friends of Deering Oaks in approaching several private companies to help,” said Diane Davison, rescue volunteer and Board Member of Avian Haven. “We are very pleased that Norway Savings Bank stepped up to provide a generous donation toward this project.”
“When we heard about the hawk and efforts of Avian Haven to save its life, we knew we wanted to help,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “Maine is full of unique stories like these and we want to be a part of commemorating them.”
If you are interested in this story and would like to help, please visit https://www.deeringoaks.org/gblh-2
About Norway Savings Bank
Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of September 30, 2019, Norway Savings Bank had $1.24 billion in total assets. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2019, Norway was recognized with the “Best Wellness Employer – Gold Certification” by Wellness Workdays. BauerFinancial has designated 5-Star Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 29 continuous years. For more information, visit www.norwaysavings.bank.