The three little Great Horned Owlets have taken a big step toward their eventual release into the wild! These three little owls, along with their dedicated surrogate Papa G’Ho, have been moved from their small crates indoors into the much larger Flight Pen 2. This not only gives these rapidly growing owlets space to spread out and practice their movement but also puts them even farther from consistent human activity. This will help ensure that they will not become too accustomed to human presence; a behavioral adaptation which could delay or prevent their release.
On March 29, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found on the ground and unable to fly near a landfill in King and Queen County, Virginia. The eagle, a female approximately one to two years in age, was transferred to the Center on March 30 by permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher of Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation.
On April 14, five more Black Bears were successfully darted, sedated, and loaded for release! No Tag, Red/Green Tags, and White/Pink Tags were released together by one DWR biologist; Double Yellow Tags and Double White Tags were released by another biologist.
On Sunday, April 11, the rehabilitation staff were able to contain the four Black Bear yearlings that are slated for Tuesday's release in the transition yards of the Black Bear Complex. Yellow Tag and Orange Tag were enclosed in one transition yard and slated for release together; Double Pink Tags and White Tag enclosed in the other transition yard. These were the first four bears admitted in 2020!
Black Bear Yearling #21-0153 continues to spend time in an isolated bear pen, regaining strength and vitality and recovering from the mange which brought him in originally. One positive change that the veterinarians noted was that this bear was brighter and more active than before, taking a defensive posture and vocalizing during a safely-distanced check-up. This is a good sign, as it shows that the bear is regaining his energy while keeping his natural and necessary fear of humans.