Bald Eagle #17-2705 update

The rehabilitation staff has been monitoring Bald Eagle #17-2705 in flight pen A3; the eagle’s damaged and missing feathers are preventing the bird from flying well enough to begin daily exercise. 

On February 27, rehabilitator Brie and veterinary fellow Dr. Peach will measure the eagle for an imping procedure. Imping is the process of transplanting intact feathers from a donor bird of the same species to a recipient in need of new feathers. This is done by fitting and gluing new transplant feathers into the trimmed original bases of the broken or missing feathers on the recipient bird.

Brie and Dr. Peach plan to imp the eagle later in the week; this procedure will hopefully help the eagle fly better and move through the rehabilitation process.