Bald eagle healing, will be released soon

Conservation & Preservation

Daily News Michigan

Published: Saturday, July 4, 2009 11:16 PM EDT
His hard yellow-ringed stare is unnerving, light glinting off the pools of black in the center of his eyes.

Soon, those eyes will be looking down on the world again from the sky above, rather than out of the screened window of a flight pen at the Wildlife Recovery Association in western Midland County. The association receives injured raptors from all over Michigan, provides medical treatment and rehabilitation, then releases the birds.

Joe and Barb Rogers estimate the 18-year-old bald eagle — his age was determined from a band placed on one of his legs when he was about four months old — will be ready to return to the wild within a couple of weeks. Barb said she has not yet requested more detailed information from the band, such as where the eagle was banded.

The raptor was plucked from the wild after an early June phone call reported a bald eagle was resting on a stump in the river at the Chippewa Nature Center, unable to fly. “Even a bird with a broken wing can move a mile in one hour,” Joe said, explaining the urgency of reaching the destination quickly.






Barb Rogers examines the bruised wing of a bald eagle as her husband Joe holds it at their wildlife center at their home in western Midland County on Monday morning. They rescued the 18-year-old eagle two weeks ago near the Chippewa Nature Center where it was struggling to fly. Joe Rogers suspects that it may have been injured after being hit by a car. "He's doing well and he's really getting his strength back," said Barb Rogers.
The eagle lands near a window in the flight cage. On Monday, he was transitioned into a small flight cage so he would have room to stretch his wings and get back in the habit of flying again. The Rogers hope he will be released back to the wild within the next two weeks

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