July 31, 2020

Bald Eagle #20-0994 was successfully released by Dr. Karra on July 31. The bird was returned to Pittsylvania County, where the eagle was first rescued in May 2020. 

Despite shaky cell-phone reception, Dr. Karra was able to live-stream the event in two parts: 

July 30, 2020

On July 29, a male yearling Black Bear was hit by a vehicle in Staunton, Virginia. The Department of Wildlife Resources responded to the scene and was able to sedate the bear and transport him to the Wildlife Center. 

July 30, 2020

Early on the morning of July 30, the veterinary team moved Black Bear #20-1808 to the Black Bear Complex. The bear was sedated first and tagged with yellow and orange ear tags for identification purposes. The cub recovered well in a transition area and then was allowed full access to the two yards. 

Black Bear cubs Yellow/Pink and Green/White Tags will remain in the Center's Large Mammal Isolation enclosure a little longer, just so they can put on additional weight before moving to the yard again. 

July 27, 2020

The Cliff Swallows that remained in the Center's aviary gradually began eating more on their own in early July. By mid-July, the rehabilitation team decided that the swallows were ready for release. Wildlife rehabilitator Shannon checked eBird for local sightings of Cliff Swallows; for these young birds, the team decided it would be ideal to release them with an established wild flock.

July 27, 2020

Bald Eaglets #20-0744 and #20-0803 have been doing well in flight pen A3 this summer. The birds have been their stamina and greatly improved their ability to take off, land, and maneuver while in flight. Last week, wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey assessed the birds' flights and determined that the eaglets should be ready for release in early August.