On July 16, a mature female Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Highland County. Rescuers found that the bird was being "trampled by cows" in a pasture on July 15; the bird was able to be captured and was transported to the Center for care.
On Wednesday, July 15, the young Richmond Peregrine Falcon fledgling was picked up for release! The bird has been flying well in the Center's flight pen, and the Department of Wildlife Resources decided it was time to put the bird back in the wild in Shenandoah National Park (SNP).
On July 14, the veterinarians and rehabilitators moved six cubs from the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure to the Black Bear Complex. The cubs, along with the cubs already in the Complex, have access to both yards #2 and #3.
Kelsey reports that there were, "no issues, everyone is perfect and fat and plump and cute and perfect."
Peregrine Falcon #20-2029 has been continuing to improve in flight and stamina during each daily exercise session. The staff are considering creancing the bird to better exercise the young falcon. Creancing is a falconry technique that uses a long braided nylon line that allows a bird to be tethered during flight in a large open space. Creancing allows for more maneuvering and better assessment of some raptors; it’s regularly used for recovering falcon patients, and can be helpful for other individuals based on attitude and injury.
This past week, two of the young Bald Eaglets of 2020 -- #20-0744 [purple wing bumpers] and #20-0803 [pink wing bumpers] were moved back to flight pen A3, after some repairs were made to the lofted nest area. The two birds started a daily exercise procedure with the rehabilitation staff; currently, the birds are flying back and forth just a few times to start to slowly build their stamina.