- Posted October 17, 2013 by
Brookfield, Nova Scotia
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Helping Eagles Soar Again
The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’s (CWRC) Large Raptor Flight Facility in Nova Scotia is almost complete and will soon be ready for its first patients in just a few weeks. The CWRC is the only veterinarian founded and managed wildlife rehabilitation centre in eastern Canada. This new raptor facility is designed to house and rehabilitate large birds of prey such as eagles, owls, osprey and hawks.
When animals are first admitted to the CWRC they are usually quite sick or severely injured. In order to stabilise them and provide medical care their movement is limited to a confined space relative to their body size. Once we know that they are likely to survive and are good candidates for rehabilitation they are moved to a slightly larger space to begin the healing process.
After spending time in these intermediate enclosures they will then be given access to the large flyway of the new facility. The 16’ wide oval flyway provides virtually an unlimited space for these birds to recondition their flight muscles. This is a kind of bird physical therapy. After they have spent some time in here and we see their condition has improved to the point where we believe they have the best possible chance for survival upon return to the wild, we will release them.
This facility was about ten years in the planning and the result of six years of fundraising. We have almost reach our financial goal and still welcome donations to assist in the construction costs.