Baby Bald Eagle “Lands” at Green Chimneys


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July 26, 2013

Sometimes it takes a village, and sometimes it takes
a regional network of animal experts.

Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center has taken yet another creature under its wing: a baby Bald Eagle! Originally rescued in the Yankee Lake region of Sullivan County, New York, this raptor has already captured the attention and hearts of many.

Left: Baby Bald Eagle protects ill sibling, Yankee Lake, NY. Right: Two weeks later, the Bald Eagle shows signs of healing at the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center. See more photos >

It all started in late June, when Linda Lou Bartle, a nest monitor for the National Park Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, noticed something was amiss with a Bald Eagle family she’s been watching for months. Bald Eagles are quite common in the Yankee Lake region, and among those under Linda’s watch was a pair of eagle parents with a prosperous nest of three babies.

The trio had been presenting “normal” fledge (or young bird) behavior – leaving the nest from time to time to spread their wings and practice flying, maneuvering from one stump to another, etc. On one June day, however, Linda noticed some odd behavior: two birds were accounted for, but where was the third? In fact, one of the two stood at the beach the entire day, never moving from one location. Upon closer investigation Linda understood that the “missing” eagle was never missing it all, in fact it was lying flat on the ground and appeared quite ill. And the sibling eagle was perched by her side all day, protecting her.

With the help of a great neighbor and fellow “birder” Fred Harding, along with the expertise of Ellen Kalish, animal rescuer at the Saugerties-based Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, the sick baby Bald Eagle was safely rescued and brought to a nearby veterinarian for examination.

The eagle has since been transported to the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center to heal from a lung infection. “Upon arrival, the baby Bald Eagle was in rough shape, she was quite lifeless,” says wildlife specialist Paul Kupchok.  “She’s been with us for two weeks, and I’m happy to report she’s flying again.” The eagle’s rehabilitation consists of daily medication and monitoring food intake. The eagle is believed to be a female and about 3 or 4 months old.

What’s next for the Bald Eagle? Certainly more time to heal and recuperate. It’s important that the eagle not become accustomed to humans, as such, she is not on view to the public. Check out photos of the baby Bald Eagle >

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