February 22, 2018

On February 15, a private citizen was walking to work when she saw a Bald Eagle fall from a tree near Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County. The bird hopped around on the ground but was unable to fly; a conservation police officer was able to capture the bird and took it to a wildlife rehabilitator before the eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center. An employee at Stratford Hall mentioned that she heard an eagle the night before, possibly fighting with another eagle.

February 21, 2018

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will present “Legends of the Night: Owls”, a program about the owls that live around us, at Rocking R Hardware [1030 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22803] on Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m.

The program is free and open to the public.  

February 21, 2018

On February 19, Bald Eagle #17-2705 was moved to flight pen A3 in preparation for exercise and flight conditioning. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie noted that several of the eagle’s feathers are broken; the eagle will likely need to be “imped” at some point prior to release. Imping is the process of replacing broken, missing, or damaged feathers with matching feathers from a donor bird. The rehabilitation staff will monitor the eagle’s initial flight attempts in the coming days; the imping procedure may need to be done so that the eagle can adequately fly to get in shape for release.

February 21, 2018

As Bald Eagle 16-0038 was preparing to go to her new home this month, the bird collapsed suddenly in one of the Center’s flight pens. The rehabilitation staff rushed the bird into the hospital, where Drs. Ernesto and Peach started administering emergency treatment. Sadly, the bird died within minutes. The veterinary staff are taking samples to learn more about this bird’s unexpected death. 

February 14, 2018

Bobcat #17-2688 has been eating well during the past few weeks; the cat is eating whole prey items [mostly large, dead rats]. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie is working with a Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist to coordinate a release; they are tentatively discussing a date in early March.