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Magic of Flight Barn

Eagle Eyes on the Environment - A behind the scenes look into Raptor Rehabilitation

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Thank you for viewing the Eagle Eyes on the Environment project! Eagle Eyes is a behind the scenes look into raptor rehabilitation at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. The Center's Magic of Flight is a 100' x 25' enclosure that is 20' tall. The Flight barn is most often the last step toward release back into the wild.

At various times throughout the season we may have adults or young eagles present in our flight barn. Some are under rehabilitation and will be released back into their territory where they were found. Some of the birds are non-releasable and will be placed in qualified education or zoological facilities.

Take a bird’s eye view into the Center’s Flight barn. What do you see? Depending on the time of year, the Magic of Flight barn may be used to house Red-tailed Hawks, Ospreys, or other birds of prey. Currently, it is Osprey fledging season in Florida, so the Magic of Flight barn is being used to house Ospreys on their way back to the wild. There are currently nine Ospreys being rehabilitated in this barn, aided by resident Osprey Bailey. It can be difficult for wild birds to figure out how to eat, particularly if they came in as fledglings. Bailey is acting as a good model for the youngsters to observe and model their behavior after. Once they build up their flight muscles, weight, and hunting instincts, these Ospreys will be bound for release into the wild.

The Center’s Flight barn provides a safe environment to acclimate these top predators back into the outdoors and work on building strength and stamina for release back into the wild. Staff is able to view these patients under rehabilitation by video, which allows staff to evaluate behaviors, flight and strength without human interruption.

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