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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good news for a Golden Eagle

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and representatives of the Sharon Audubon Center, West Virginia University and Tufts Wildlife Clinic and Center for Conservation Medicine will release a Golden Eagle in Mohawk State Forest Monday in Goshen.
The good news came in a press release from the DEP.
The eagle was found in Amenia, N.Y. York, near the New York/Connecticut border, the release said.
Why is this good news to me? Not only because I think survival of animals is so crucially important, but also because I grew up - at least for part of the time around the area where the big bird was found.
It is a source of joy that Connecticut has become the home to more and more eagles of different types and I hope others feel this way too.

The eagle that will be released was found by snowmobilers in the woods in early February, the DEP said in the statement.
"The bird had sustained multiple puncture wounds on its left leg (possibly from an animal it was trying to capture)," the statement said.
Then a lot of people teamed up to help the animal.
The statement said it was taken to the Sharon Audubon Center and the nature center staff took it to Kensington Animal Hospital for examination and then to rehabilitator Mary Beth Kaeser in Ashford, who transferred it to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and Center for Conservation Medicine in North Grafton, Mass.
Even better?
"The bird was cared for by the medical staff at Tufts for over a month and is now healed and ready for release," the statement said.
As it turns out, it was extraordinary this bird turned up here at all and was just passing through.
This "population is small, geographically separate, and potentially genetically distinct from western populations," the statement said. "These birds breed in northeastern Canada and winter in the southern Appalachians so it is only possible to find this species in Connecticut during migration."



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