October 3, 2020, is a special day for a very special young male American Bald Eagle, as he had a rough start in life. He came to us last year in August from Kewanee, Illinois, just a few months old and had sustained a broken right leg. He underwent 2 successful surgical procedures, 1 pinning the fractured leg, and the 2nd removal of the pin.
After 13 months of rehabilitation and reconditioning, he is ready for release! This will be done at the Johnson Sauk Trail Recreation Area just north of Kewanee at noon Saturday, October 3, 2020.
This was truly a team effort from the people in Kewanee who called Tammy Yarger and her husband, Jim, who rescued the bird and got him to us; Dr. Holm and her staff at Auburn Animal Clinic who performed the surgeries and gave wonderful follow-up care; our dedicated and awesome volunteers who helped care for this eagle including vet visits and fish runs (Marty Riggs); my nephew, Todd Wolf, an avid fisherman also providing fresh fish; Cathy and Gary Hoover; Mary Cesar; and finally Oaken Acres in Sycamore who graciously accepted the bird for several months for reconditioning in their 100-foot flight pen. Heartfelt thanks to all.
The photos below were taken on admission.
Please see follow-up photos, videos, etc., from the release in the next week on Facebook and also our website!