On the evening of February 16, a member of the public found a Bald Eagle on the ground in their yard in Troutville, VA. After determining the bird was unable to fly, so they contacted the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, a permitted local wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center.
On February 19, Great Blue Heron #20-3543 was released back into the wild at Chris Greene Lake Park in Albemarle County. Dr. Karra made the delicate decision to approve this bird for release since its injuries are stable and healing, and she wanted to avoid further captivity-related issues.
Great Blue Herons are a notoriously challenging species to care for in captivity. This heron has made great strides since November 2020 when it was admitted with injuries as a result of being tangled in fishing line, but the length of time required to heal has caused several captivity-related is
The goal of the Center is “to treat to release” – to restore patients to health and return as many as possible to the wild. In rare instances, the Center has the opportunity to track eagles after their release. Click here to follow these former eagle patients.