Red-Tailed Hawk


Enthusiastic clapping — and some furious flapping — marked the end to the saga of designating an official New Hampshire state raptor.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed a bill honoring the red-tailed hawk. As applause broke out, a bird being held just over his shoulder began flapping its wings.

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N.H. House Approves Red-Tailed Hawk as State Raptor

Mar 20, 2019


New Hampshire lawmakers who disappointed schoolchildren and made national news four years ago by refusing to designate an official state raptor have had a change of heart.

In 2015, the House rejected a bill promoted by Hampton Falls fourth-graders to honor the red-tailed hawk. With students looking on, opponents called the bill unnecessary and the bird too violent. One lawmaker even suggested it would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood because it tears its prey apart, "limb from limb."

  Four years ago, some fourth-graders from Hampton Falls were met with disappointment as they watched House lawmakers tear apart a bill they crafted with the help of their teacher. The bill was to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor of New Hampshire, but it failed to pass in the House of Representatives.


This year, the same children, now eighth-graders, are bringing the bill back.