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. The Flight barn is the last step toward release back into the wild.

We have had a busy year with Bald Eagles.  At the close of 2014 the Center admitted 94 Bald Eagles to the Raptor Trauma clinic. 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.

There are currently two eagles in the Magic of Flight barn. One is a 1st year eagle (all brown) that suffered from a severely fractured left humerus and a fractured left femur. He was rescued in June of 2014 from a fall from his cell tower nest in Pinellas Park, FL. The bird was first taken to nearby Busch Gardens where surgery was performed. The bird was then transferred to Audubon for rehabilitation.  The second eagle (Adult) was rescued in Ocala, FL in December of 2014. He suffered from a severely luxated (out of joint) left elbow. Cause of injury is unknown. This is an adult male eagle; eagles acquire there full white head and white tail by 5 years of age.

The eagles 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. 

We invite you to get involved with Audubon Center for Birds of Prey programs.  Take time to explore the short video options and education information to the right.  Audubon’s WEB program focuses on the connection of Water, Energy and Birds (WEB).  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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