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 two cameras above show opposite sides of the same enclosure at different heights. The Center's Magic of Flight is a 100' x 25' enclosure that is 20' tall.

We have had a busy year with Bald Eagles.  The most common injuries we see in Bald Eagles are vehicle collisions, electrocution, territory fights and falls from their nest. Time for rehabilitation 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.

For this year (Jan- Nov) Audubon Center for Birds of Prey admitted 77 Bald Eagles. Of those, 24 passed through this flight barn and were released back to the wild. They use the flight barn to regain strength and stamina.  If you have viewed the cameras and don’t see too much activity, birds spend a majority of the day “perching” since they are not in the wild searching for food. If you don't see any eagles in the enclosure right now, other species of raptors may be using this space temperately. 

November 5, 2013, the Center for Birds of Prey released an immature female that was found down and out in SE Georgia. Staff from the Wildlife Center of Georgia Southern University stabilized the eagle, Audubon EagleWatch volunteer helped transport it down to the Center. After a full evaluation the eagle sent a few weeks recuperation before getting her US Fish and Wildlife band. She was driven up and released just north of Jacksonville. 

We invite you to get involved with Audubon Center for Birds of Prey programs.  Take the conservation pledge to commit to conserving energy, water and protecting habitat for birds.  You can do this with simple steps at home and in your community.  Each completed pledge form gets you a free visit to the Center.

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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