The Red-Tailed Hawk Is One Step Closer to Being NH’s Official Raptor

New Hampshire’s Senate has voted to pass a bill designating the red-tailed hawk as the state’s official raptor, four years after House lawmakers rejected the bird as too violent.

Hampton Falls fourth-graders lobbied for the bill back then. One legislator had said it would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood because it tears its prey apart, “limb from limb.”

Now in eighth grade, the students lobbied for a new bill this session and watched Wednesday as the Senate voted 24-0 to pass it. The Senate made a minor change and sent the measure back to the House, which passed it this time.

The students had played off the state’s motto of “Live Free or Die” with T-shirts that read: “Our Second Try to Live Free & Fly.”