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Recent rescue @ the JRC: ‘Quince’

Posted: July 14, 2011 - 4:54pm  |  Updated: July 14, 2011 - 7:34pm
   Courtesy of the Juneau Raptor Center
Courtesy of the Juneau Raptor Center

Type of bird: Adult bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

When rescued: May 10.

What happened: A report was received of an adult eagle down near mile 15 of Glacier Highway. The initial report was the bird appeared to have a broken wing and was unable to fly. JRC volunteers captured the bird along with help from bystanders and brought in for an exam.

Injuries: The bird was thin and upon examination though there were no signs of a broken bone. “Quince,” as she came to be named, was treated for dehydration, tubed with fluids to provide nutrition. Giving a bird fluids intravenously helps the bird conserve the energy it would otherwise use to digest whole foods.

Care: Quince rapidly figured out the treatment routine and was quite easy to care for. She is a big, picture-perfect female who was quickly put on solid food. She has since graduated to the flight mew for further evaluation and, hopefully, eventual release.

Update: Volunteers at the JRC are happy to report that Quince is now on the highest perches in the flight mew and apparently enjoying the company of another bald eagle, Loopy.

Release: Volunteers are hopeful for a release, though nothing is scheduled at this time.

More about Quince, the bald eagle: This bird is quite the character. For an eagle, she is relatively mellow with a wonderful disposition. During her first few days at JRC, volunteers would put her back in her kennel and she would get up on her perch, look at the kennel floor (lined with newspapers), and appeared to be reading the paper! She was actually looking for food, but JRC members said it was quite comical to watch. After she started to recover and was on solid foods, she would come to the front of her kennel and vocalize. She is now enjoying her “vacation” in the flight mew, is getting stronger every day and now can fly to the high perches.

• For more on the recovery of this bald eagle and other rescued birds go online to juneauraptorcenter.org. To report an injured bird, call the JRC message phone at 586-8393.

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