Wildlife Village 26th July 2011
Good Morning Everyone
I’m sure everyone remembers the terrible news when the Mother from the Norfolk Bald Headed Eagles was sadly killed by a plane on 26th April this year, which left her 3 chicks and Dad to cope. It was so sad that day she was killed, but the following day it was decided to remove the chicks and let the Dad move on with his life, as he wouldn’t have been able to cope with the 3 chicks. Anyway I though I would give you an insight to what’s been happening with them and the time has finally come for their release, tomorrow, Wednesday 27th July.
This is how the story unfolded………..Three bald eagles from Norfolk Botanical Garden were relocated to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 27 after their mother was killed by an airplane the previous day. The eaglets are being prepared for release into the wild July 27. Wildlife Center of Virginia was formed in 1982 to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife. WCV is
also the permanent home of “Buddy,” another bald eagle from NoTherfolk whose disability prevents him from living in the wild.
This is footage of the chicks being banded 5 days before Mum was killedUS Airways Facebook page indicates the company will make a donation for the eaglets’ care. “We’d like to update everyone on the mother eagle & her eaglets. On 4/26, US Airways Express 4091, operated by Air Wisconsin, struck an eagle while landing in ORF. The crew was unable to avoid the eagle without risking the safety of the passengers & crew onboard. Rest assured the eaglets will be taken care of; Air Wisconsin is making a donation for their ongoing support & care.” Knowing that these two Eagles where as well know as Lady and Laird is to us, I thought it was very kind and genereous of the Airline to make such a donation for the ongoing care of these orphaned chicks Meantime, the Native American drum group Four Rivers Drum will play a memorial concert Sunday in tribute to the female eagle. The event is at 10:30 a.m. in the Matson Garden area at the garden. The group will perform an “Eagle Calling Song,” memorial songs to the female eagle and other selections to honor the male eagle. Hundreds turned out for the event in the Matson Garden area at the garden. The group performed an “Eagle Calling Song,” and other memorial songs to the female eagle and other selections to honor the male eagle. Pictures from the memorial service http://www.wvec.com/my-city/norfolk/Eaglets-getting-settled-in-at-new-home-in-Waynesboro-120867504.html?gallery=y&c=y The three eaglets moved Wednesday from Norfolk Botanical Garden are doing fine so far at their new home in Waynesboro. They were removed from the nest after wildlife officials decided it was their best chance for survival after the untimely death of their mother. Even though the father was getting food for them that evening and into the next day, officials felt that it would be difficult for him get enough food as they grew. The eaglets arrived at the Wildlife Center of Virginiaaround 2:30 p.m. and each got a quick, 10-minute check up.”They spent the night inside the clinic at the Center and were getting a more thorough check this morning,” said spokesman Randy Huwa.Thursday, each eaglet was getting a full physical exam and blood work so vets have baseline information on them. “Right now, they’re in an indoor pen, just the three of them together. Later, we hope to move them outside into an enclosure where they can see an adult eagle (but not access the eagle),” explained Director of Outreach Amanda Nicholson. The center cordoned off part of its 100-foot flight pen. An adult Bald Eagle in rehab will be in one end and the eaglets will be in the other. “As the eaglets grow, develop, and fledge, we’ll give them access to the FULL pen so they can stretch their wings and practice flying,” Huwa stated Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:57 AM Updated Tuesday, May 31 at 10:44 AM WAYNESBORO – One of the eaglets moved from Norfolk
Botanical Garden following the death of their mother will begin treatment to
remove lead from his body. Routine testing showed elevated levels in NV’s
blood and so veterinarians at The Wildlife Center of Virginia started tracking
the levels. On Friday, samples sent to an outside lab revealed
levels higher than the reading on the center’s testing machine. Because NV’s lead levels persist, the veterinary team has decided to start a short round of chelation therapy. While the lead levels detected in NV are actually below the levels at which the veterinarians would normally start treatment, the therapy will help his body eliminate the lead. This will ensure that he’s getting the best chance to develop and thrive normally, center officials said.
Norfolk eaglet on mend after chip fracture found
Posted on June 1,
2011 at 8:41 AM
Jun 1 at 8:51 AM
WAYNESBORO, NC — A
Norfolk eaglet is on the mend after veterinarians found a chip fracture to her left leg. The injury was discovered Tuesday during their check-up at The Wildlife Center of Virginia, where they’ve been since the death of their mother in mid-April.
The eagle, NZ, was holding her left foot up and when center workers went to get her, she tried to hop away without putting weight on her leg, officials said. Radiographs confirmed the injury on the inside of her left leg, right above her band. Officials say the injury is considered “fairly minor.”with the WVEC.com EagleCam. On Wednesday, contractors were beginning to build the flight pen the three eaglets will eventually use.
Kjellstrom & Lee workers are donating their time, center officials said.
The eaglets were moved out of Eaglecam view Tuesday because material for the build was arriving and there would be lots of activity and noise around their pen.Berkeley Plantation on the James River will be the site. The three eaglets have been under the watchful eye of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. WVEC.COM will stream next
Wednesday’s release live beginning about 11:00 a.m.. “It will in all likelihood be the best seat in the house. We expect a lot of people to come out to this release and with the size of the crowd, people will probably be able to see more right from the web feed that will be provided,” said Stephen Living of the Virginia Game And Inland Fisheries Department.
The male eagle has been seen near the nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Experts think the odds are pretty good that he will take up with another
female next fall
Well There you have it folks. All of what has been happening in the young lives of these beautiful birds. They are just about ready for their big release tomorrow. I would like to wish these three very lucky young Eagles a very happy, healthy and an adventurous life for many a year, and would like to congratulate The Wildlife Center of Virginia on a fantastic job of rearing these amazing chicks and thank you for allowing us all to watch the amazing job you all do. A sad story with hopefully a very happy ending
This is the Last video of Mum on camera
A Beautiful tribute to the Norfolk American Bald Headed
Eagle Mother. R.I.P
Netscap 25th July 2011 Fish Deliveries – 0
05.52am Just checked in and the Lady on nest doing a little housekeeping. Now sitting on edge right corner, facing out. Haven’t turned on my speakers, but it looks like she is sitting quietly for the present. 08.27am Empty nest at moment. I suppose we will have to get used to it as soon Lady and Laird will be leaving us 09.27am Lady just flown away 10.42am Nest is still home alone. Looks like another lovely day for our birds 11.13am Distant alarm pipping from The Laird,,,, lasted only a few minutes,,, Quiet again now ! 12.49pm Laird flies into the nest,,, full of energy and quite cocky,, he looks as if he has achieved something,,, now he is moving sticks and pipping to himself,,,, one of those “Cock of the North”,, moments,,,,pipping again,, but this time looking above him,, an intruder, perhaps,,,, so alert our boy,,,, sitting at the top of the nest,, and continues to pip,,,, We also seem to have inherited a black stick jutting down from the top and centre of the webcam,,,, that’s going to get annoying !! 12.56 pm Laird flies off the nest,, 14.24pm Empty nest. Looks a bit dull there today. That light bit of bark has shifted to the left side of the nest. Twas more in the middle. 15.15pm Laird flies in with yet another stick,,,, so much housework to do and not enough time,,,, bits to put here and there,, and sort out the eggcup,, of fussy, fussy boy,,, must move that big chunk of whitish wood now,, push it to the side,, no the front,, no back to the left side, yes that’s right,,, and he carries on folks,,, 18.03pm Lady has just flown onto the nest followed by Laird. Now she is shouting at him. 19.10pm Both landed back on the nest – mating took place but partly off cam so couldn’t see very well – just two tails going up and down! Laird flies off leaving lady preening 19.23pm Lady on nest Laird flew in an out for a quick mating! 20.01pm Think I heard lady there, she must be on her perch 21.05pm Night cam on 21.13pm Froggy is looking beautifully in focus tonight LOL! 21.50pm Just looked in on Lowes and infra red cam on, and all is quiet 22.12pm Lady has just appeared on the nest and is shouting No record of Lady leaving the nest
The Dyfi Osprey Project and the Scottish wildlife Trust have kindly given their permission for us to post still and video images from their webcams. To visit their sites please click on the relevant link. Loch of the Lowes. Dyfi Osprey Project.