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 most often 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.

The most common injuries we see in Bald Eagles are vehicle collisions, electrocution, territory fights and falls from their nest. Rehabilitation time varies depending on the injury. Birds can spend anywhere from just a few days to several months in the flight barn. This time is critical to their recovery, giving them the strength to return to the wild.

We are currently in our busy eagle season and have a variety of eagles of different ages in our flight barn. Some are under rehabilitation and will be released back into their territory where they were found. Some of the birds are non-releasable and will be placed in qualified education or zoological facilities.  

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 raptors that come to the Center each year for care, please click here.

 

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