Thursday, November 08, 2007

C52 in 2006

Veterinarian Visits

According to veterinarian and avian diplomate Dr. Sammy Vaughn, Bald Eagle C52 is doing GREAT. Stonefield Associates and Dr. Vaughn’s team attend to all the health needs of DNR, Patoka’s birds of prey. On October 3rd, eagle had his talons trimmed. You see, an animal in captivity presents some challenges that may not be widely evident in the natural habitat of that animal. Bald eagle, due to the inability to fly and utilize a variety of perches and uses of his talons, has a tendency sometimes to grow long talons and not to wear off in the natural manner. This wild bald eagle does NOT act well to visiting the vet, being held on a table, while his talons are trimmed or being subjected to other check-up procedure. It is yet another day in the life of a captive bald eagle. When returning to Patoka, the 2 naturalists returned C52 back to his night shelter, offered him a pool of water. Yes, he took a bath, took the food offered and was back in his familiar space.

Indiana State Fair 2006

Eagle traveled with Patoka’s two naturalists to the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 9th for a 4p.m. program. This special presentation featured both the eagle and barred owl of Patoka, as well as the NEW features of the backyard ampitheater and pool of the DNR building, Indianapolis Fairgrounds. Bald Eagle C52 did jump or bate off the glove a number of times during the program, due in great part to unfamiliar surroundings and sounds. Many fair goers enjoyed a close-up look at a wild bald eagle. (photo of c52 at fair)

Programs at Patoka

Due to the new backyard viewing area build in 2004, Bald Eagle C52 and Barred Owl continue to delight many visitors as they stroll through the Patoka Lake Visitor Center backyard gardens. Check out the renovated gardens and two amazing birds. Conner Brosmer enjoys visiting the birds at Patoka. (photo of Conner)

Patoka Lake Visitor Center is undergoing renovation to the roof and indoors of the main building. If you are planning a visit, please stop by and take a look. Bald Eagle and Barred Owl will be in the backyard viewing area except for holidays and Sundays through the winter.

Maintenance is an ongoing project at Patoka. Keeping areas clean and tidy, feeding schedule, care and handling all are daily tasks for DNR employees and occasional volunteers. Here volunteer David Crecelius blows the Autumn leaves off the raptor shelters. Barred Owl enjoys her shelter darkened by the leaf cover as a “nocturnal” creature by nature. Eagle prefers the daylight as he is a “diurnal” bird, active during the day, resting at night.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Spring and Summer 2005 at Patoka

Spring and Summer 2005 at Patoka has been very busy with programs and projects. Many folks have enjoyed a close-up view of DNR, Patoka's resident birds, learning about these fascinating raptors or birds of prey, Bald Eagle C52 and Barred Owl. With their precision tools, talons and beak, both the owl and eagle are very well equipped to grip their food with their talons and tear the meat in pieces with their strong beaks.

April 17th, Sunday, Patoka's resident red-tail Hawk died. Just one month away from turning 21 years old, quite old for a hawk. This amazing red-tail hawk was a vital part of our nature programs for many years from the mid 1980s, with a close-up look at the red tail feathers, the blue-black beak and many colors of feathers, habits and biology of this wild bird.

Owl is healthy at a weight of 1 pound 10 ounces, an average weight for a female barred owl.

Barred Owl is on the glove of handler, interpretive naturalist Tammy<br />Emmons.
Barred Owl is on the glove of handler, interpretive naturalist Tammy Emmons. Owl is doing well after her recent visit to the veterinarian, Dr. Sam Vaughn. Dr. Vaughn indicated that Owl may be an older bird as her beak is growing at a fairly fast pace. Owl now has three handlers who care for her and see that she is in her viewing area on most days at the Visitor Center.

On June 1st, a decision was made for Bald Eagle C52 to remain in his shelter for 2-3 months in order for feathers to correctly grow on his "elbow" areas of both wings. Eagle continues to see DNR staff who care for him, but he will not be out for public viewing until mid-August. To find out more about our Owl & Eagle programs, please call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center, 812.685.2447.

Bald Eagle C52 taking a bath.
Bald Eagle C52 taking a bath. Yes, bald eagles and other birds take baths to clean and groom or preen. Patoka's resident bald eagle takes a bath approximately every week. He will step into his pool and dip his head in the water. It is indeed a sight to see. Reports of a bald eagle taking a bath are rare but have occurred on at least 2 occasions here at Patoka Reservoir in the last 10 years.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

February was a busy month for the Patoka raptors

February was a busy month for the Patoka raptors. Approximately 200 people enjoyed a close-up of Bald Eagle C52, Red-tailed Hawk, and Barred Owl at Lake Monroe's annual Eagle Watch event on Saturday, February 5th. Raptor programs presented at Patoka have been well received with indoor and outdoor opportunities to see the resident raptors and hear their story. Care continues with cleaning of shelters, inventory of food, maintenance & upkeep of shelters and structures.

Media coverage regarding Patoka's raptors has increased awareness and initiated partnerships for the care of Patoka's Bald Eagle C52, Hawk and Owl. DNR, Patoka Lake staff receive calls and inquiries about Bald Eagle, his current condition and programs with increased awareness and interest in three birds of prey.

On Sunday, January 27th, Dr. Sam Vaughn, avian veterinarian, traveled over an hour from east Louisville to Patoka for a check-up of Eagle C52. He and his assistant examined Eagle, took blood sample, and observed the raptor shelter. With the continuing dedication of Dr. Sam Vaughn and his staff, detailed attention guarantees the best health for this marvelous bird of prey.

Sunday, March 6th. It is a sunny Sunday and Eagle is on his perch in the backyard garden of Patoka Lake Visitor Center. He looks up to view the turkey vultures and songbirds flying overhead.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Photos from January Eagle Watch

Here is a photo of a bald eagle & a photo of a redtail hawk taken by the Jeff Hochgesang family of Jasper, IN on January 15th at Patoka's eagle watch programs.

Eagle Watch provided a great outdoor experience for 80 participants who viewed our resident raptors as well as travelling around Patoka to look for eagles in the wild places.

Also, here is a copy of artwork by an 8 year old student named Savannah and her interpretation of the eagle and raptor handler. It is always exciting and rewarding to receive letters of appreciation for the interpretive programs.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Lake Monroe's Eagle Watch

Bald Eagle C52 will be traveling Saturday February 5th to Four Winds Resort for Lake Monroe's Eagle Watch Program. Eagle, Redtail Hawk, and Barred Owl will be featured in a raptor presentation at 7 p.m. as part of the three day event celebrating the natural heritage of Indiana's naturescape.

For more information regarding the exciting programs and special events at Patoka, call 812.685.2447

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Week of 1/23

Bald Eagle C52 is in his NEW viewing area of the Visitor Center backyard garden. This enclosure offers more opportunities for visitors to enjoy a close-up look at Bald Eagle C52 & Redtail Hawk. On Tuesday, 1/25, 19 pre-schoolers and adults attended a program about Patoka's birds of prey. Eagle weighs 8lbs. 10 oz. a very good weight for a male bald eagle. On Wednesday, 1/26, 12 girl scouts and 2 leaders enjoyed Bald Eagle C52 and Redtail Hawk in programs as we talked about endangered species, bald eagle nests at Patoka and resident raptor C52.

For more information regarding viewing opportunities call Patoka Lake Visitor Center 812.685.2447

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Eagle Watch!

Eagle Watch, an annual special event is scheduled for Patoka on January 15th of 2005. Bald Eagle C52 will be featured in this program as well as many other programs planned for the 2005 season. Since January 1989, when Bald Eagle C52 arrived at Patoka as the resident raptor, approximately 50,000 people have viewed him in his backyard viewing area at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center or offsite programs.

This one bird has traveled to the Indiana State Fair for annual programs, Lake Monroe’s Eagle Watch in February of each year, US F&W 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge and area schools. Bald Eagle continues to be an amazing asset to the Interpretive Services at Patoka