You may or may not know that the first rescued eaglet died from her injuries
The Clinic staff texted me today to say the surviving eaglet from your nest has beaten the odds with its fracture and is flying well in our flight barn. He is ready for release! At this stage, the longer they remain in captivity, the higher the risk that they injure themselves so time is of the essence and the clinic would like to release him as soon as possible.
Most juveniles are making their way north on their first migration at this point. We feel it would be best to release him in our area to avoid the long drive back south to be released. I wanted to make sure you were ok with this. If so, we’ll likely release him at Joe Overstreet Landing on Lake Kissimmee where there is a large population of Eagles and an abundant food source. We’ve successfully used this location for other fledgling releases and have been thrilled to hear about their band resightings 2-3 years after release. So we feel confident in the release location.
Weather permitting, the release will likely occur tomorrow or Monday morning. We will videotape it so it can be shared with the folks there. And anyone willing to make the drive up on short notice would be welcome to join us to watch the release. If that’s the case please send me their contact info as soon as possible so we can keep them in the loop as the plans are finalized (and sometimes change at the last minute).