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2022 Yr in Evaluation: Amber Buck, Workplace Supervisor

It’s time to look again on 2022! Test our weblog between Christmas and New Yr’s for a wide range of tales and reminiscences of 2022 from the workers and volunteers of the Wildlife Heart of Virginia.

On August 12, Dr. Karra and a small group of Wildlife Heart workers launched Bald Eagles #22-0980 and #22-1462 at Lake Anna State Park for a large crowd — about 150 members of the general public have been in attendance!

By August of this 12 months, I had been working on the Wildlife Heart for 1.5 years and had been unable to make it to considered one of our legendary eagle releases. So, when Dr. Karra requested if I want to be part of her, I didn’t hesitate to say sure! The morning of the discharge, we loaded up the van with two eagles and hit the street to Lake Anna State Park. (In case you get the possibility, I extremely advocate a street journey with Dr. Karra. You’ll not be dissatisfied.)

Earlier in the summertime, we admitted two juvenile Bald Eagles. Affected person #22-0980 was rescued from Lake Anna State Park whereas #22-1462 was admitted to the Wildlife Heart from Virginia Seashore. Each younger eagles have been discovered to be torpid and in want of medical consideration. The vet and rehab workforce did an exquisite job in caring for these eagles and making ready them for launch. As soon as cleared for launch, a novel double eagle launch was deliberate for August twelfth at Lake Anna State Park.

The Wildlife Heart has launched eagles at this park earlier than, however this was a primary for each Dr. Karra and myself. As we pulled into the parking zone proper on the lake’s edge, it turned clear that this was an ideal spot for the eagle launch. Whereas we have been certain to reach early, there have been many spectators already ready with their cameras and binoculars able to go. As soon as we have been prepared to start, Dr. Karra and Randy helped collect the gang in a big semi-circle in preparation for the discharge. Now the time had come.

I pulled the van round so we wouldn’t have to hold the heavy eagle crates too far to the grassy space. We carried the primary crated eagle by the gang, positioned it down on the high of the semi-circle, after which introduced the second.

From previous movies and tales, I anticipated the crate door to open and the eagle to hurry proper out. Nonetheless, this was not the case. #22-0980 was a bit hesitant to exit, however as soon as out, it was the right launch. This eagle took fairly a couple of sluggish and exquisite circles across the park and out over the lake earlier than touchdown in a close-by tree. Now it was time for #22-1462, and this eagle was able to go. As quickly because the crate door opened, it soared out over the lake earlier than disappearing into the bushes.  


This was a very memorable expertise — that I used to be grateful to participate in.

— Amber Buck, Workplace Supervisor

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