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- mid Nov) Audubon Center for Birds of Prey admitted 74 Bald Eagles. Of those, 22 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.
On August 28, 2013, the Center for Birds of Prey was excited to release two eagles whose return to Florida’s skies was highly unlikely. Both male eagles sustained injuries that were unlikely to heal well enough for them to be released.
One bird had sustained a severe humerus fracture that was repaired using surgical pins. It was assumed that this bird would never fly again, and in fact had been scheduled to be placed with Busch Gardens. Several months into its time in the flight barn, staff noticed something extraordinary on the live feed. This bird was flying! While unsteady at first, he gradually regained his power and agility. On August 28, he returned to the wild.
The second eagle, also a male, suffered injuries related entanglement in monofilament fishing line. Due to lack of circulation during his entanglement, the hallux talon fell out. This is the large talon on the back of the foot, and plays an important role in capturing prey. Fortunately, the talon began to grow back, and he was able to be released.
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