Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Eagle Eyes on the Environment - A behind the scenes look into Raptor Rehabilitation

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Thank you for viewing the Eagle Eyes on the Environment project! Eagle Eyes is a behind the scenes look into raptor rehabilitation at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. The Center's Magic of Flight is a 100' x 25' enclosure that is 20' tall. The Flight barn is the last step toward release back into the wild.

Florida hosts one of the largest populations of nesting Bald Eagles in the United States. The nesting season in Florida runs from October through May. At this time, many eaglets are graduating to perching on branches around their nest or are fledging (flying) for the first time. Eaglets fledge from their nests as young as 10-12 weeks of age.

In our flight at this time is an adult, male Bald Eagle, Audubon reference number 709-16 (709th raptor admitted to our clinic in 2016). He was rescued in Cocoa in October of 2016 and suffered from a severely fractured right elbow joint. He is no longer flighted and therefore cannot be released. He will be placed in a quality zoological park that can give him a forever home.

Also in our flight is a young eaglet, Audubon reference number 051-17 AKA “Peace”. “Peace” was hatched on December 18th, 2016. He was rescued from his nest on February 10, 2017 after the NE Florida eagle cam  https://www.nefleaglecam.org/  (run by the American Eagle Foundation) observed very abnormal, staggering behavior. A wide range of tests were performed to rule out any abnormalities. This eaglet’s treatment was successful even though the source of the staggering behavior has not been identified. He is now off all medications and being housed in our flight until he is flighted, which should be very soon. Eaglets of this age find comfort in being housed with non-aggressive adult eagles such as Bald Eagle # 709-16.

Peace’s sibling is also very close to fledging – they are both considered “branchers” at this age because they are very actively flapping and jumping around on the nest and nearby branches. It is extremely dangerous for us to return an eaglet at this age back into his nest because the sibling would surely jump and could get injured. “Peace” will be released at his nest area as soon as he can fly.

For more information on eagles and Audubon’s EagleWatch program go to http://fl.audubon.org/get-involved/audubon-eaglewatch. If you would like to contribute to the care, medical treatment and rehabilitation of the over 800 sick, injured and baby raptors that come to the Center each year for care, please click here.  

 

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