Lots of wild babies are born or hatched in spring and early summer. They are vulnerable to dogs, cats and cars, and their nests are easily destroyed by lawn mowing, brush clearing and repair work on buildings, so we get lots of little critters for care at this time of year. Check out our Currently in Care list to see what we have at the moment.
We welcome Vicki Taylor, from Boise, Idaho who joined our rehab staff this spring. Vicki graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Wildlife Resources and Conservation Biology and gained experience working at a bird rehab center in Idaho, an exotic animal sanctuary in Nevada and at The Wildlife Center of Virginia before joining us at Wolf Hollow.
Back Where She Belongs
She barged from the cage the second the door was opened, hopped a couple of times, then spread her wings and launched into the air. With just a few wing beats she was high above our heads and flying strongly towards the trees on the distant skyline.
This powerful Bald Eagle looked very different when we first saw her, lying on her back on the ground, covered in dirt and blood.
She was found in a yard at Cape San Juan, on the south end of San Juan Island. She and another eagle were on the ground, flapping and screaming, with talons locked, trying to tear each other to pieces. When we approached, the birds split apart and one was able to fly off, but this bird couldn’t get off the ground. When we examined her we found that she had punctures and tear wounds on her feet and wings, and couldn’t use her right leg and foot.
It took more than three weeks of care before she could open and close her toes and hold on to a perch, but from then on she recovered quickly. A few weeks later she was in our Eagle Flight cage flying strongly from end to end and landing accurately on perches, using both feet. She was ready to go back into the wild where she belongs.