In this video from August of 2012, a young American Kestrel returns to the wild after spending some time in a hack box, or surrogate nest. Good luck to the little guy!
In April of 2012 three Barn Owl chicks fell more than 30 feet from their nest on the Hardy County courthouse in Moorefield, WV. While one of the chicks was too badly injured to return to the wild, after several weeks at the ACCA two of her siblings, pictured here in their hack box, or surrogate nest, were successfully released on a farm in Old Fields, WV. Special thanks to Kieran O’Malley of the WV Division of Natural Resources for his help and dedication to these owls! And thanks to the staff at the Hardy County courthouse for rescuing the babies from the cement after their falls.
This Red-tailed Hawk was admitted in mid-March, 2012, from Preston County, WV. She suffered a wing fracture, probably the result of being hit by a vehicle. After seven weeks of rehabilitation, the hawk was released in May at Cooper’s Rock State Forest. Watch a short video of Dr. Fallon releasing the hawk here.
After undergoing weeks of rehabilitation, including physiotherapy and creance flying, this Barred Owl was returned to the wild near where it was found in Summersville, WV. The owl had a fracture near the end of its wing, probably the result of being hit by a car. Before release, ACCA volunteers “imped” the owl’s tail — replaced broken feathers with unbroken ones. The owl was also banded before release; see pictures of the owl being banded here.
This Black-capped Chickadee fractured its coracoid bone when it flew into a window in Preston County, WV. After several weeks of rehabilitation at the ACCA, the bird was released by the folks who found it. They say the chickadee still visits their feeder daily.
A Common Loon–the ACCA’s first patient!–was released on Cheat Lake in January, 2012. The bird had no serious injuries (other than dehydration); we provided supportive care and returned the loon to the wild. Watch a video clip of the release here, and make sure you turn up the sound: Common Loon Release, January 2012