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 rehabilitation at the 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.

Our 100’ flight is almost always full of eagles in the rehab process. Eagle season is over; many Florida eagles have left their territories, moving northward for the summer. This is the second time in 16 years that it wasn’t full of eagles needing more time to rehab over the summer months. The rehabilitation process can take as little as a few days and as much as 2 years to gain strength and stamina that they will need to survive in the wild.  

It is now Osprey season when many young Osprey are near fledging, some jump too early and just need some fight time. This year the Center received numerous Osprey that are too young to fly and were found very thin and near starvation. Once these birds have been treated in our Raptor Trauma Clinic and are healthy again they will be going through this flight barn to prepare for release back into the wild.

The Osprey you see in here are from 5 different counties throughout Florida and one from New Jersey (flew through a methane burner and singed all its feathers – still here for a molt). Three are mature birds rehabbing from injuries and seven birds are young birds that will be returned to their nest home locations very soon. Young Osprey covert (back) feathers have light tips on each feather; adults have all dark brown backs. Female Osprey wear a necklace and have dark feathers around their white necks; males are almost completely white.

These birds eat a lot! Osprey diet is fish; the Center goes through 500 to 600 pounds of fish during Osprey season.

Write us!  If you have questions or comments on the Eagle Eyes project please let us know.  Email eaglewatch@audubon.org.  We look forward to hearing from you and please visit the site again soon.

 

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