Monday, February 16, 2009
Update on the Moab eagle................
Well the female golden from the Potash road area near Moab was banded on the 6th of this month. We kept her on a round of antibiotics for 10 days. She continued to gorge herself every time she ate. This was a huge concern. If this has been her habit for sometime now, I can't believe she's not be in trouble before now. Maybe this is a new learned behavior due to a prey shortage or other inability to eat as often as she had in previous times. Hard to say and she's not saying much!
After talking with another rehabilitator, she agreed letting her go was what she would do as well. However, if she comes in again with the same problem, she won't go back to the wild.
I hope for her sake, she does well.
We released her last Wednesday, the 11th at the Dead Horse State Park area near Moab. How beautiful it was. I've never been there, even though I've driven past the turnoff area many times, I just never took the time, not realizing how close it was.
We had a medicine man, Jeff Gardner, give the eagle a blessing as she left. TJ Robertson, with the Division of Wildlife Resources, did the release. He's the officer that brought her to us. To the right is Connie, doing what she does best, handling the big kids.
We're still needing some people to help with fundraising. Everything we do takes money and ususall lots of it, so if anyone reading the posts has some talents, ideas, time, please let me know. I really need someone good on the computer (how to do things).
I'll get the pics posted now. I'll have some other pictures to post in a couple of days. I'm having difficulties getting them transferred to yahoo.
Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.
Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.
used with permission by Arlene Powers