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This Magic Moment: Eagle Returns to the Wild

November 22, 2017

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August 20, 2013

A baby Bald Eagle is back on her “home turf” thanks to a restful rehabilitation at Green Chimneys. During her one month stay, the eagle was able to sustain a healthy appetite, complete a round of medication to curtail a lung infection and most importantly, learn to fly. The next step: release her back into the wild.

The baby Bald Eagle’s family was reported to still be in the Yankee Lake region of Sullivan County, the site of the eagle’s birth and rescue. Given her renewed health, it became important to time the release so that she has the opportunity to reconnect with her parents and siblings.

Thus, on Thursday, August 15, the collective network that saved the Bald Eagle came together once again. Green Chimneys Wildlife Specialist Paul Kupchok welcomed the eagle’s rescuer, Ellen Kalish of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center to campus, along with representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Soon the baby Bald Eagle was banded, assuming the new name of “Z94,” and the group was off to Yankee Lake.

Some 75 miles later, Paul, Ellen and the DEP representatives joined a small group from the Basha Kill Area Association on a dock at the edge of Yankee Lake to witness the release. Queue the cinematic moment: the baby Bald Eagle spreads her wings, starts out strong though eventually showing signs of tire as she gets ever so close to the water, but in a blink of an eye, her pace picks up; she swoops high, and successfully lands in a tree.

This happy ending is a great example for Green Chimneys School students to see that like themselves, wildlife comes here to heal, grow, and develop skills which will carry them throughout life.

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