On July 9, an officer with the Henrico Animal Protection department found a young raptor on the side of the road with no trees or sign of a nest nearby. The officer picked up the bird and brought it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.
During the week of August 8, Center staff determined that Peregrine Falcon #22-1633 was ready to begin an exercise and flight conditioning routine. Initially, Center staff planned to exercise the bird and continue providing supportive care until its potential release.
The four owlets have been doing well in flight pen A2 for the past month; regular Critter Cam viewers have likely noticed that the owlets are gradually losing their fuzzy downy head feathers and are starting to look more like adult owls.
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.