Eagle Release

Hello my name is Jean Soprano and I am the president of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. I have been a federally and state licensed wildlife rehabilitator for 35 years. I have specific licenses to care for and condition eagles that come to us from all over New York State. We work closely with the Wildlife Clinic at Cornell University. I often send them eagles for veterinary treatment, and I obtain eagles from them that require further care, after treatment.

The eagle in the video was one such bird. She had been treated for a broken ulna on the left wing. The radiographs showed that the break was aligned, and no joints were implicated. Pinning was not necessary. She needed two more weeks of small cage rest, and then she could be flight conditioned in our flight cage. I always videotape the birds in slow motion so that I can see if the tail position and wing extensions are in proper placement (watch video). I want to be sure that neither wing is leaking air, and the tail is compensating for a deformity.

The Video was taken on April 20, 2024, and the bird was released on May 7, 2024. Therefore, this eagle had an additional 17 days of conditioning prior to the release. I shared the video with Dr. Hopf at Cornell, and she agreed that the flight would indicate the bird was a candidate for eventual release.

On May 7 th, three DEC biologists came to band her and return her to the release site. The distance took at least one hour. I have watched the video of the release, and I too was discouraged. She had never flown just skimming the ground here. What had happened? Was it stress? Did she overheat?

I have read the discouraging comments with much finger pointing and blaming. I could not stand by and say nothing. I can only tell you that I have worked cooperatively with DEC staff for many years and they too, were upset. At the end of the release video, it was hard to see, but she did finally fly to a low branch of a tree and when they approached, she flew to a higher branch of a tree beyond.

I wish her well and I welcome any comments or questions that you may have, be directed to me at this website. Click here to watch the video of her initial flight conditioning session.

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