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Peregrine Falcon #22-1909

On June 19, a banded Peregrine Falcon fledgling was found grounded on the James River Bridge in Newport News, Virginia. The falcon was unable to fly and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher. After several days in Dana's care, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Peregrine Falcon #22-1633

On June 8, a hatch-year Peregrine Falcon was found injured on the ground in Norfolk, Virginia after hitting the side of a building during flight. The bird was rescued that same day by permitted rehabilitator Lisa Barlow of Tidewater Rehabilitation and Environmental Education and was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on June 9.

Great Horned Owlet #22-0581

On April 18, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl hatchling on the ground in Lancaster, Virginia. The owlet was too young to be out of its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher for an exam. Dana found what she suspected was a fracture in the bird's right leg,  likely from falling out of its nest.  After several days of rehabilitative care, Dana transferred the owlet to the Wildlife Center. 

Great Horned Owlet #22-0490

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Great Horned Owlet #22-0294

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.

Mississippi Kite #22-2251

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.

On admission, the young raptor was having difficulty breathing; the veterinary team found that the young bird had a puncture wound on the left side of its abdomen, along with significant bruising. The veterinary staff started the bird on a course of anti-inflammatories and placed it in a small enclosure with supplemental oxygen.

Tracking KG09

On November 4, 2015, an immature [2.5 year old] male Bald Eagle was released at Caledon State Park, Virginia. The eagle was rescued from King George County in August 2015; the bird suffered from lead poisoning. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

Tracking BI78

On October 22, 2015, a young female Bald Eagle was released at Belle Isle State Park, Virginia. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from Northumberland County in June 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

Tracking SML52

On October 16, 2015, a young female Bald Eagle was released at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston, Virginia. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from Westlake Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake in June 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

Tracking GW91

On September 21, 2015, a young female Bald Eagle was released in Westmoreland County, Virginia, near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from Smarts Creek in June 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

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