VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Injured Eagle to Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“Injured Eagle to Wildlife Center of Virginia”

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries personnel coordinated the recovery and transport of a bald eagle injured near the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Below is a summary from the Wildlife Center of Virginia where the bird is currently receiving care. To see pictures of the eagle at the Wildlife Center of Virginia view this story at

On January 20 the Wildlife Center received a call about a Bald Eagle that had been struck by an airplane at the Newport News Williamsburg International Airport. However, the next day airport authorities indicated that no eagle had been found.

On January 26 the airport contacted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries about an injured Bald Eagle. Conservation Police Officer George Wilson picked up the eagle and transported it to the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center in Williamsburg. Dr. Meryl Lessinger examined and stabilized the bird and, in consultation with veterinarians at the Wildlife Center, put the eagle in a figure-eight bandage.

The eagle was transported on January 27 to the Wildlife Center in Waynesboro by VDGIF wildlife biologist Susan Watson.Upon admission, the eagle — an adult bird, likely a male, and the fourth Bald Eagle admitted to the Center thus far in 2010 – was examined by the Center’s veterinary team, led by Dr. Elizabeth Daut. They found an open fracture of the minor metacarpal bone of the eagle’s left wing — an old wound. Dr. Daut removed some necrotic tissue and bone fragments from the wound. The greatest threat to the eagle at this point is the risk of infection. Radiographs also found some opaque nodules in the bird’s lungs — raising concerns about a lung infection. The bird is receiving two different antibiotics, antifungal medicine, and pain medications and will be closely monitored over the next few days.