Jemison Headed to Rehab

Jemison Gets a Cooling Mist. Picture by Carol Phillips

Jemison Gets a Cooling Mist. Picture by Carol Phillips

June Summers, President of the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, and Rochester Falconcam member Carol Phillips paid a visit to Jemison and provided the picture above, along with a report of her progress so far. She continues to be feisty and is eating everything given to her. Jemison also enjoyed the cooling spray of water that you can see in the picture at the left.

All hopes are that her injured shoulder will heal quickly. Her wing continues to return to a normal position, and another rehabber who looked at Jemison couldn’t even detect an injury, so that’s very good news. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as to Jemison’s progress.

The DEC has made arrangements to transport Jemison to the same rehab facility outside of Syracuse, New York, which was so instrumental in nursing Mariah back to health. They have over 30 years’ experience treating falcons and returning them back to the skies. Their facility includes a very large flight cage where Jemison will be able to practice flying.

The Rochester Falconcam wants to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Gary and all the staff at Black Creek Wildlife Center, and especially to Dr. Parsons. Also to Terry and the good folks at Wild Wings for supplying some falcon-appropriate food on short notice. Our gratitude also goes to Dr. Gerald Balonek at the East Ridge Animal Hospital, where Jemison was taken by Rochester Animal Control. Without the selflessness of all involved, Jemison’s outlook could have been much worse.

We’re also grateful to the DEC’s Mike Allen, Jenny Landry, and Barb Loucks for their advice and assistance, and to the Rochester Police Dept. and Rochester Animal Control, both for Jemison’s initial rescue and for letting MAK, our on-scene watcher at the time, know of Jemison’s condition.

And finally, a huge “thank you” to our volunteer fledge watchers, who have spent many hours on the “front lines” keeping an eye on all of the falcons, especially our newest flyers. It is their dedication that helps to ensure positive outcomes for the fledglings in Rochester, and gives them the best opportunity to lead successful lives as masters of the sky.

16 Responses to “Jemison Headed to Rehab”

  1. chicki says:

    It “takes a village” to raise fledglings – Kudos to all involved!! Jemison’s facial expression(s) is so precious :-)

  2. jeanne says:

    Also thanks to Terry from Wild Wings who provided food for Jemison, starting with the evening he was brought to Gary at Black Creek

  3. June Kogut says:

    Happiness is a flying falcon…Let’s hope Jemison is joyous very soon , thanks to all who helped…

  4. ei says:

    I see Jemison’s tail is wrapped to keep the feathers from being damaged. You can see the difference in J’s shoulder since the picture from July 7. What a precious face! Here’s hoping Jemison will be gracing the skies again soon!

  5. carla says:

    Good News !

    Thank you all.Greetings carla

  6. Alison says:

    I add my thanks.

  7. Pattie says:

    Thank you to all and thank you for the wonderful update. Looking forward to future positive updates. Go Jemison.

  8. Lina King says:

    Thanks for the update on Jemison. I pray for the best as he goes to rehab so that he can once again take to the skies. He tries to look so fierce but he is adorable. Love you little man. To everyone who has helped him THANK YOU so much.

  9. chrissy says:

    Jem’s shoulders do appear even in today’s picture. And that cooling spray must be refreshing. Bet the watchers could have used some cooling spray themselves last week You’re all incredible!

    Does Jem get to take his security log with him when he goes to Syracuse?

  10. kinderkids says:

    So good to hear that she is healing and on her way to rehab! She was such a strong flier and needs to take to the skies in Rochester again. Thank you to everyone for giving her such great care, and watching out for her during her time of need.

  11. Maureen in MA says:

    Thank you for the update. I too add my thanks to everyone involved! Continued positive thoughts for Jemison’s speedy recovery so she can get back to the skies.

  12. Alison says:

    When Jemison is released, would it be from Times Square where we bathrobe brigaders might have a chance of catching the event on camera?

  13. Carolyn says:

    Jemison looks like Mariah: squarish head shape, longer “sideburns.”

  14. gr0tt0 says:

    Are there any Jemison updates? Is there any danger that A & B will be gone by the time (s)he can be released? If so, how would she survive in the wild? Would natural instincts be enough without education from A & B?

  15. Carol P. says:

    @Alison – It’s totally up to the DEC when & where Jemison will be released. We would definitely like to see him released at the Time Square bldg.
    @grOttO – Jemison had X-Rays done on Friday, 7/23. We’re still waiting to hear the results. As soon as we do, we’ll post them here on Imprints. A&B and Callidora are still hanging out near the Time Square bldg. We’ll have to wait to hear from the DEC and the rehabber.

  16. Carol P. says:

    Does Jem get to take his security log with him when he goes to Syracuse? – Chrissy

    @Chrissy – I have to wonder if that is the very same log that Mariah stood on. :-)