March 1, 2018

Bobcat #17-2688’s release has been scheduled for Friday, March 2. Rehabilitator Brie coordinated the release with a biologist from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; they have selected a release site in New Kent County that has appropriate bobcat habitat and is not far from where the cat was struck on Thanksgiving Day.

Photos and videos will be shared post-release.

February 27, 2018

During the past week, Bald Eagle #18-0086 was doing well in the small outdoor enclosure. On February 26, rehabilitator Brie moved the bird into a larger flight pen [A1]. Brie reported that the eagle flew well when first released into the pen.

On February 27, staff started eagle #18-0086 on a daily exercise plan; the bird flew well during the first exercise session, but was wobbly during flight. The eagle will need to flying progressively better (with more stamina, height, and stability) during the coming weeks before it can be assessed for release.

February 27, 2018

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. 

February 26, 2018

The DTM test for Black Bear cub #17-0745 [Pink Tag] did show positive results for ringworm, which is a common fungal infection of the skin. Wild animals can be exposed to the fungus without developing symptoms, but some animals will develop itching and hair loss. 

February 23, 2018

Carolina Wren #18-0050 continues to do well in the Center’s aviary. The staff check the bird’s tail feathers every few days; as of February 22, the bird had eight new tail feathers growing in. When the wren has a complete set and can fly well, the bird will be released.