Holiday Golden Eagle
Thanksgiving morning, an injured eagle arrived at the Center.
He was found NW of Carmack, Missouri - about 20 miles or so from
the Iowa border -- by a Missouri
Department of Conservation agent. The eagle was brought to
Countryside Veterinary Clinic in St Joe to wait till John and I
could pick him up. The preliminary report stated that it was an
immature bald eagle. Once the bird arrived at the center, the
staff identified it as a golden – the tell-tale sign was the
recuperating at the center and stretching his wings in a flight
pen on the hill, the bird was pronounced ready to go. The
release was scheduled for Christmas Day and went very well.
John and I
felt very blessed to be able to release this gorgeous bird. We
drove to northern Missouri so he could continue his migratory
route from Canada. Before his injury, he had probably dipped
into north-central Missouri and was headed west to winter in the
Rockies or the Sierras.
He flew up
in the trees you can see in the photos -
spent about 4 minutes stretching his wings way out, and
preening, and then he flew off (soaring very well.). That was
our "thank you" - to see him soar well.
thing that would have made it more perfect would be if
the Lakeside Nature Center staff
naturalists & Dr. Exline could
have been there to see the release - they all put so much work
and care into the eagle. I'd like to thank them personally for
all of their dedicated work with him (and with every animal they
come in contact with.)
and pictures by Kris Harmer, FOLNC Volunteer)
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