Jemison’s Prognosis: Looking Good

According to the latest from the rehabber taking care of Jemison she is beginning to heal. The broken bone in her shoulder is re-calcifying. Calcium is essential for bone strength so this is very good news. She’s feeding herself, another good sign.

The next stop for Jemison is a two-week stint in a large flight cage where she can exercise her wings. Then more x-rays will be taken to see how things stand.

15 Responses to “Jemison’s Prognosis: Looking Good”

  1. Melissa in MA says:

    Great news; Jemison’s body is doing what it should be doing, now we just
    have to wait and see how time in the flight cage goes…..I think it will go
    just as well. :)

  2. Bonnie Talluto says:

    Sounds like Jemi is not quite ready for the flight cage just yet. Beginning to heal is not quite healed. I’m sure everyone would like the recuperation and recalcifying to go much faster. Feeding herself sounds very good.

  3. Kathy @ High Falls says:

    Jemison comes from good strong stock. I have faith that she will be fine.

  4. carla says:

    The only important thing is Jemison to get healed.We have to wait.
    It’s hard…

    greetings Carla

  5. Kathy says:

    She’s on the right track and that is what counts. No doubt it will take time and we will have to be patient but the more time she spends healing and improving her flight skills, the better chance she will have for survival once she is released.

  6. Pattie says:

    Thank God we have the facilities available to allow Jemison to heal. I look forward to hearing how it goes. Really looking forward to hearing of the release of Jemison. I know with all the great care she/he will do great!

  7. Way Concerned says:

    Really concerned about any chance that Jem will have surviving in the really world. Missing so much valuable learning time right now that may never be recovered. I fear that we will be seeing Jem in some bird exhibit. That doesn’t seem right. Sometimes interferring with nature doesn’t deliver the expected results.

  8. Maureen in MA says:

    Thank you for the awesome news!! And a big Thank You! to everyone involved in caring for Jemison! :)

  9. Carol P. says:

    @ Way Concerned – By interferring with nature, do you mean rescuing a downed falcon? Jemison would not have survived on the streets of Rochester. He could not fly. We gave him the best chance to survive and return to the wild.

  10. John Carlos says:

    Way Concerned, I used to worry about everything when it came to these birds. Ask Carol P and Carla P, etc. :-)

    Falconers have been very successful at teaching young Peregrines to use their hunting skills to catch food before being released into the the wild. Ever see those videos where a falconer would swing meat on a rope and the falcon would repeat stoop and swoop trying to catch it? During those exercises, the peregrines learn which tricks give them the most speed (stoop), etc. Much of Peregrine behavior is instinctive. Remember, they used to be a cliff-side dwelling species who’ve adapted VERY well to urban life on building tops which simulated their old habitats prior to becoming nearly extinct in the United States.

    It was with human help that these birds reinvented themselves for urban living. If Jemison cannot be returned to the skies before Beauty and Archer have completed their parenting for the season, I have no doubt in my mind that a falconer will successfully return Jemison to the wild.

    Cheer up! :-)

  11. jeanne says:

    Downed falcons are rescued all the time, particularly in Toronto. The only time a falcon will not be returned to the wild is if the injury is so severe, the bird will not be able to function. Jemison is a young bird and his injury is treatable.

  12. Sarah in Florida says:

    Thank you for the report AND comments. I must admit that I was getting rather worried about Jemison’s recovery, especially in regards to the training she is missing. Your descriptions of the successful rehabilitations of young and the ability to train them in the skills they need to survive and hunt were very helpful AND hopeful.
    Thank you all!

  13. ei says:

    When Jemison was first injured, Paul Hamilton posted an article about injured and rehabilitated juvie peregrines doing just as well long term as their uninjured cohorts…

    http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/jrr/v031n04/p00347-p00352.pdf

  14. Val G says:

    I’m so impressed of the care that Jemison is getting and the hopes of seeing him/her in the wild again! Can someone tell me if he/she would be accepted back in the family once released, or would he/she become an ‘intruder’? Keep up the good work Jemison!!!!

  15. Ruth G says:

    Any updates on Jemison? Thank you to all who care for these wonderful creatures!