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August 23, 2019

Bald Eagles #19-1013 and #19-1573 were successfully released at Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on Friday, August 23. There were nearly 100 people at the release; both birds flew off well back in their home county. 

 

 

August 23, 2019

Within the past two months, the Center has attempted to find a permitted falconer who could take Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 to work on flight-conditioning. Unfortunately, no one has been able to take the bird. Peregrine Falcons can be difficult to fully condition in captivity in preparation for release; this is often why the Center collaborates with biologists and other officials to find potential hacking sites or alternative solutions.

August 21, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1678 was successfully released on August 21 at South Lawson Park on Poquoson. There were nearly 100 people in attendance; the eagle flew off toward the treeline and out of sight. 

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August 20, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1573 and Bald Eaglet #19-1013 have been doing well for the past week; both eagles were scheduled for a blood draw on Monday, August 19 for pre-release analysis. Results were within normal limits, and both birds were cleared for release back to Accomack County, where each eagle was rescued earlier this summer. No GPS transmitters are currently available for the eagles. 

August 20, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1678 has been doing well the past week; on August 19, blood was drawn for a pre-release analysis. The veterinary team noted that the eaglet has some missing feathers directly on top of his skull, though Dr. Karra notes that this should not impede release. Dr. Karra was happy to report that blood work was within normal limits and the eaglet was cleared for release.  The state eagle biologist does not currently have available GPS transmitter units for the eagle. 

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