Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Released in Starke

STARKE, Florida. – A rehabilitated bald eagle that was discovered just after Christmas hanging upside down in a tree, entangled in moss has been released into the wild.

According to a news release sent Wednesday evening, the eagle was released near Lake Crosby and Lake Sampson in Starke on Monday. Certified wildlife rescue volunteer John Fields and his neighbors recovered the bird, and Fields took it to the University of Florida Veterinary College.

The eagle would have been severely weakened. After a brief stay at UF where he received fluids and stabilized, the eagle was sent to the Raptor Trauma Clinic in
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. He was given antibiotics and regained his strength, and he was ready to be released into the wild after a few weeks.

It has been tagged with a US Fish and Wildlife band, which will work as a medical bracelet.

Residents of Sampson Lake, with the help of Kaye Lee, coordinator of Audubon EagleWatch, conducted an inventory of eagle nests in the area. They determined that the bird was most likely the resident of an unoccupied Crosby Lake nest.

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There was a small gathering of locals and Audubon volunteers were waiting nearby when the bird was released into the wild, flying towards the nest.

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