Bald Eagle Admitted, Great-horned Youngsters Prepare for Conditioning Flight!

Yesterday we had a very strange phone call. We would not have believed it had the State of WI DNR not been involved.

The story goes... an adult Bald eagle walked up to a gentleman and then walked into his garage where he remained, until he was taken into the persons home. The truth is we sometimes get "crank calls" which are frustrating and take time away from our real patients...so we were left wondering if this was a real case or not. It didn't help that we were unable to contact the person involved for the remainder of the that day, until early this morning! It was then, we realized it was indeed a very real situation. Gratefully, transporter Claire Romanak was available to pick up the critically ill bald eagle near Thorp, WI and transport him to Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) ASAP.

The Bald eagle is a 4-yr. old male. He is very low in weight (2.09Kgs or 4.6lbs.), blood work revealed that he did NOT have lead poisoning but was extremely anemic. X-rays were taken, we saw that he had a broken wing, but healing was taking place. He does have some infection in the site, but it is recoverable. It is a fracture that was likely caused by a vehicle collision some time ago. He was unable to fly after the accident and therefore not able to find food for himself. At the weight of only 4 lbs this eagle will need to be tube fed liquid diet for several days before he can digest meat.

Thanks to everyone involved included the State of WI DNR for their help in taking the initial calls.

Our loon patients are doing well. The adult female that was shot in Portage County by some miracle is continuing to make progress. We are amazed by her strength and will to survive. We cannot help but be optimistic for her release and a full recovery. So far she is cognitively perfect and fishes with great accuracy. The young loon patient from Marinette Cty, is also making progress. She too is fishing well and is starting to be able to turn her head to the left. She suffered an injury to her cervical vertebrae after some impact of unknown origin. Sadly the young loon with the severe leg injury did not survive.

We are working hard to prepare for fall and our inevitable winter. Many of our patients that arrived as chicks, were reared by same species foster parents. We don’t do hand feeding of babies to prevent imprinting to humans, our foster parents are worth their weight in gold to raising healthy happy normal youngsters that will be able to take their place in the wild world without so much as a hiccup.

A few days ago, we weighed all the young Great-horned owls (GHO)to make sure they were ready to be placed in the conditioning flights. They will stay in the conditioning flights until they are released in late October, which is when they would naturally leave their parents. The foster dad will be with them until they leave REGI for the wild and so will two others wild GHO’s that are currently with us for rehabilitation. The wild owls will help the owlets while in the flight and they can be released with the youngsters. They did not have youngsters of their own this year due to their injuries. That means they will help our orphans and them ease into the wild world. The wild world is amazing in the cooperation of the adults with youngsters that are not theirs biologically.

Each of our youngsters were given examinations, weighted and evaluated for feather quality. Now we prepare the flight for them including new perches and anything else they many need to last them through the next two months as they continue to grow and develop and ready themselves for the wild world. We do not interact much with any of our orphans. The less contact with humans the better. Getting cozy with people is a negative to them once released. Enjoy the photos of our young GHO patients during their physicals and a few of when they came into our clinic months ago, Foster dad has been very busy raising seven (7) youngsters this year. He is super DAD and has been with us since 2011. He was injured in a vehicle accident in Keshena, WI.. His wing was too damaged to heal fully for release, however he has a great life here with us at REGI being a dad. He is the BEST and loves his job.

We continue to need volunteers comfortable with building projects and yard work. Please call if you are interested. 715-623-4015.