Savannah in the Snow. Eagle Nesting 2014.
Thanks to all of our Eagle Watchers this season for your rapt attention to this page and the EagleCam. Today, in lieu of Ask the Eagle Expert, we are letting you know that it is unlikely that the eagle egg will hatch this year. Although we have not removed the egg as to not stress the birds, it appears that the egg was not fertile in the first place. This could have happened for many different reasons, but most likely the disruption from the aviary construction early in the season was a contributing factor. We hope that you will continue to watch Savannah and Derek throughout the year and that we will have eggs again next season. Please post any questions here for further information.
Patient #17696 - Admitted on February 5, 2014, this bird is LARGE, likely a female, and suffering from a broken wing and lead poisoning. Underwent lengthy surgery upon admission to repair fractures.
Patient #17610 – Admitted on December 30, 2013, with serious lead poisoning. Undergoing treatment, recovering well. Moving to a flight cage next week. Release date not yet determined.
Patient #16992 – Admitted on May 6, 2013, with leg paralysis and broken feathers. Does not fly well after 280 days in treatment. Waiting for bird to molt this spring before release-ability determined.
Patient #16843 – Admitted on March 3, 2013, with a broken wing, unable to fly. Still struggling with flight after over 330 days in treatment. Deemed non-releasable and will transfer to another facility to be used as a program bird shortly.
You can follow these eagles at http://raptormed.carolinaraptorcenter.org.
The bald eagle (Patient #17507) originated in Maryland and was brought to the Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center at Carolina Raptor Center on November 17, 2013. CRC staff have guessed that the eagle is a male, because his size is in the normal range for male bald eagles. Upon release, the eagle had been at Carolina Raptor Center for 90 days. At admission, CRC staff diagnosed the eagle with the following issues: broken ulna and radius (repaired by a Maryland wildlife veterinarian), soft tissue wounds on both wrists, poor range of motion in the right wing and feather damage. Implants from the previous surgery were removed shortly after admission on November 18. Physical therapy was begun immediately to improve the wing’s range of motion. The bird received cold laser therapy from NC State University veterinarian Laurie Degernes to speed healing of the soft tissue wounds. Physical therapy and flight training has continued throughout the winter. The bird was approved for release on Monday, February 3rd.
Staffer Rachel Wood released Bald Eagle “Olympic” on Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 pm at McGuire Nuclear Station’s Energy Explorium. About 200 onlookers took part in this release by Carolina Raptor Center.
Ever wondered where the most bald eagles live? This interactive map of the U.S. shows how many breeding bald eagle pairs live in each state. Check it out by clicking the link: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/american-eagle/interactive-map-bald-eagle-populations-over-the-years/breeding-pairs-in-1996/4322/
Savannah is perhaps the most popular bald eagle at Carolina Raptor Center. She has been at the center since 1998. Before that, Savannah resided at the Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina. She had been found in the wild with a fractured left wing (most likely caused by a collision, but there is no way to know for sure). Although her injury healed, Savannah, like many other birds at CRC, would not be able to survive in the wild and has to remain at the center. Savannah has adjusted very well and even found a mate, Derek, who she is currently nesting with. For the past several years, Savannah and Derek have hatched and raise eaglets in the eagle aviary. Come by CRC in a few weeks and see Derek and Savannah’s new eaglets! For even more updates on Savannah’s nest, like her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SavannahEagle?ref=br_tf) and follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Savannah_Eagle).