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Bald eagle gets grooming treatment at Moccasin Lake Nature Park

Veterinarian Don Woodman, from Animal Hospital of Northwood, uses a tool to smooth the beak of a Bald Eagle named Wish, being held by Barb Walker with Clearwater Audubon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. The eagle is one of two formerly injured and un-releasable eagles in captivity and on display at the nature park that Dr. Woodman gave vaccines and beak and talon maintenance too Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Woodman volunteered his services to the Clearwater Audubon Society Bird of Prey group which cares for the eagles and several other birds of prey at the park with volunteers and interns. Barb Walker with Clearwater Audubon says the beaks grow and they don't have all the various tree branches and textures available in captivity that they do in the wild to shape them on their own. They also are being fed a captive diet so the prey base is slightly different. If the beak gets overgrown it can Crack and the tip can break off.  -  If you would like to volunteer with the Bird of Prey Group call 727-798-2385. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is open Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Trails close to new visitors at 4:15 p.m.) and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Trails close to new visitors at 3:15 p.m.)
Veterinarian Don Woodman, from Animal Hospital of Northwood, uses a tool to smooth the beak of a Bald Eagle named Wish, being held by Barb Walker with Clearwater Audubon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. The eagle is one of two formerly injured and un-releasable eagles in captivity and on display at the nature park that Dr. Woodman gave vaccines and beak and talon maintenance too Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Woodman volunteered his services to the Clearwater Audubon Society Bird of Prey group which cares for the eagles and several other birds of prey at the park with volunteers and interns. Barb Walker with Clearwater Audubon says the beaks grow and they don't have all the various tree branches and textures available in captivity that they do in the wild to shape them on their own. They also are being fed a captive diet so the prey base is slightly different. If the beak gets overgrown it can Crack and the tip can break off. - If you would like to volunteer with the Bird of Prey Group call 727-798-2385. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is open Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Trails close to new visitors at 4:15 p.m.) and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Trails close to new visitors at 3:15 p.m.)
Published Nov. 14, 2014

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Dr. Don Woodman, a veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Northwood in Safety Harbor, uses a tool to smooth the beak of a bald eagle named Wish, being held by Barb Walker, of Clearwater Audubon, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater. The eagle is one of two formerly injured and unreleasable eagles in captivity and on display at the nature park. Woodman also gave both eagles vaccines and beak and talon maintenance Wednesday afternoon. Walker says that in captivity the eagles don't have the various tree branches and textures that they use in the wild to shape their beaks on their own. If the beak gets overgrown it can crack and the tip can break off.