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UPDATED! Injured Bald Eagle will be realeased healthy

UPDATE

Wildlife Care Center staff have decided to delay the bald eagle release scheduled for Saturday August 24th. During the final round of exams, it was discovered the eagle was struggling to fly. I will keep you updated of a possible rescheduling. Sorry for the last minute notice, but this is the nature of rehabilitation. Below is the official press release for more details.

Portland Audubon would like to invite the public to the release of a rehabilitated Bald Eagle this Saturday (August 24th).

The bird was found in Longview, Washington in May almost completely incapacitated with lead poisoning, after months of treatment it is now ready to be released back to the wild.

We are planning to release the bird at 11 AM at Willow Grove Park on the Columbia River just west of Longview. It would be great if you and any of your members could join us at this event.

Injured Wildlife

If you encounter an injured or orphaned animal:Condor chick Hoy is being fed by condor feeding puppet (USFWS photo)

  • Be aware that any wildlife species can cause injury or transmit disease to you.
  • Note the exact location you found the animal.
  • Place it in a ventilated cardboard box in a warm, quiet area.
  • Keep human contact to a minimum.

Call a rehabber. The closest facility for Southwest Washington are:

If you have an injured animal in Northwest Oregon or Southwest Washington please contact one of the numbers above.

Do not attempt to care for the animal yourself. Offer it water, but please do not give it any food.

If you find a young animal that you think is abandoned, make certain it is truly orphaned. The parents may be nearby but not visible. Call us before removing any young wildlife from its location

Every year many baby birds die not because of our human destructiveness, but because of our good intentions. People "rescue" fallen robins, while the poor animal's parents could only watch from a safe distance. The parental duties of a bird, are very strenuous and time consuming and so they leave the babies behind in safety while they go out foraging.

Many species of birds such as robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest and spend as many as 2-5 days on the ground before they can fly. This is an absolutely normal and vital part of their development. They are cared for and protected by their parents and are taught vital life skills (finding food, identifying predators, flying) during this period.

Taking these birds into captivity denies them the opportunity to learn skills that they will need to survive in the wild. Unless a bird is injured, it is essential to leave them outside to learn from their parents.

If you are concerned that the bird fell from the nest too early, you may try and return the bird to its nest.  If the nest has been destroyed or is unreachable, you may substitute a strawberry basket or small box lined with tissue and suspend it from a branch near to where you believe the nest is located.

Birds have a poor sense of smell and very strong parental instincts and will usually continue caring for their young.  However, adult birds are cautious after any type of disturbance and it may take several hours before they approach the nestling.

During this period it is essential that humans not approach the nestling.

Fledglings are typically fully feathered, with a short tail and wings. They are able to walk, hop and flap and may attempt short flights, but are still being cared for by the parents.  If you find a fledgling, it should be left alone or at the most, placed into a nearby shrub. Keep people and pets away so the parents will continue to care for it until it can fly.  Placing fledglings back into nests is typically only a short-term solution, as they will quickly re-emerge. Moving fledglings to entirely new locations is also ineffective as they are still dependant on their parents for survival and will quickly starve.

Once you placed the bird in a ventilated box, don't keep opening the box to check the bird or show all your friends and neighbors. Get the bird to a rehabber as soon as possible.

(This information was provided by http://www.coastwildlife.org and Portland Audubon Society)