What we do to help birds of prey.
AEF receives anywhere from 75-100 injured or sick raptors annually for rehabilitation.
In addition to the treatment of injured, sick, and orphaned eagles, AEF’s eagle rehabilitation qualification is an important factor to its successful daily care of brooding eagles, their young, and eagles being hacked for release.
Dr. Mike Jones, DVM (who specializes in Raptor Biomedicine and Avian Emergency Medicine and Critical Care) and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine work together to ensure the health of AEF’s resident raptors and to successfully rehabilitate injured wild birds of prey.
UT College of Veterinary Medicine provides vital care to birds of prey with life-threatening or vital injuries then transfers them to AEF for daily care and rehabilitation.
AEF has a quarantine facility for incoming raptors, a rehab facility for daily care, a flight facility for Bald Eagles to rebuild their flight ability after rehabilitation, and a smaller flight facility for small to medium sized raptors, such as owls and hawks.
Once an injured raptor completes its rehabilitation, it is released back into the wild, ideally close to where it was found. Raptors who have sustained injuries that render them incapable of survival in the wild are given a forever home at the AEF or another raptor facility.
Rehabilitation is overseen by the AEF’s Rehabilitation Manager Nancy Zagaya.