Sadly the Eagle at the A.R.K. Succumbed to his Injuries
An eagle was brought to us by a conservation officer on Wednesday, January 8th. He was discovered feeding on a dead possum on the roadside. While he was discovered quickly and brought immediately to the vet for a full examination. His prognosis seemed hopeful.
We knew he had a long and difficult road ahead. His care was extremely demanding and we did all we could to help him regain movement in his legs. We are not certain what caused him to lose his battle. It is very difficult for those of us who cared for him as he was a truly a remarkable bird.
Our entire community came together to provide for him. Many of the fish caught during Tip-Up Town were donated to feed him. As word got out that we would need quite a lot of fish, so many of you stepped up and we are so grateful to those of you who brought us the fish that they caught.
I would ask one more thing of those who read this. If each of you tell 3 people this tip and they tell 3 and so on, there could be a dramatic drop in the number of eagles and other large raptors that fall victim to cars.
When you are driving and see roadkill, slow way down. You may not see the eagle or other raptor that has been feeding on it. But they are frequently nearby. Due to their size and the fact that they tend to gorge themselves, they simply cannot get out of the way of your car in time to avoid being hit.
When they are on the side of the road feeding, they will usually take off in the direction of the road because they cannot get enough height if they try to fly towards the trees.
Here are some tips to protect eagles and other large raptors that honor us with their presence in our forests.
SLOW DOWN - when a large bird is in or near the road, he just can't get into the air the way a songbird can. It is just physics.
MOVE ROADKILL deeper into the woods if you can or call the authorities to let them know about it. I keep gloves in my car for just that need and feel so good each time I do the gruesome job because I know I may have saved an eagle!
THROW NOTHING OUT OF YOUR CAR WINDOW - even biodegradable items. The prey that eagles and owls hunt are attracted to that apple core or fry and an eagle can end up in the grill of your car when it soars in for its dinner.
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