31 Year Old Bald Eagle!

November 5, 2008 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

Hat tip to my friend Sharon who told me about this today; WJFW reports:

LAC DU FLAMBEAU – The oldest banded eagle on record was released in Lac du Flambeau.

The 31-year-old female eagle is one of six thousand ealges banded in 1977 and the DNR says it is the oldest eagle recovered.

It was hit by a car on Highway 47 near Fence Lake on October second.

The driver called 9-1-1 and the bird was taken to the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua.

The eagle was treated for bruising and head trauma and released on Friday.

You gotta love a person who calls 9-1-1 when they accidentally hit an eagle with their car!  The eagle was treated at Northwoods Wildlife Center where Sharon’s husband Mark works (and she volunteers).  Sharon said that a bird of about the same age was also treated and released last year.  Since most eagles only live 10-12 years, it’s nice to see that the northwoods is treating them well (or that it’s home to some good genes for longevity). 

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Mark treats an eagle at the center (not this one).

Sidebar: The first time Sharon came to my house to visit, she had a red-tail hawk in a dog crate in the back of her truck.  She knew we lived in an area with good hawk habitat, so she’d brought it along to release. That was about 10 years ago – and she and Mark have shared a lot of great adventures and stories with us.

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