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Adventure with Eagles
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Our Adventure with Eagles
By Gail (Jackson) Kruetzman
The desperate phone call came from Eagle Watch. Someone had found
two juvenile eagles on the ground in a state park near our home.
They were possible victims of failed attempts at flying or maybe
victims of predators. After being rehabilitated at Audubon’s
Bird Sanctuary in Maitland, the birds were ready to be released.
But to where? Eagle Watch asked us to try and find the nest. After
several days tramping though the 1000+ acre park, my husband found
the nest. It was located in a dish platform on a huge utility tower.
There was one parent sitting nearby. We thought he might be wondering
about his lost fledglings. With TV cameras and newspaper reporter
in tow, the birds were released soon thereafter. Great PR for Audubon
and Eagle Watch. We let two days pass by before checking to see
if the “kids” had been allowed back home by the parents.
Much to our joy all four eagles were spotted near the nest and appeared
to doing just fine.
We didn’t think much about the family after that. Instead
we had focused our attention on the 100 acre orange grove across
the street. Much to our dismay it had been sold for development.
and we so hoped something could be done to prevent this. Then one
day we noticed an adult eagle roosting on a power tower near the
grove. It sat there for two weeks before another eagle appeared.
And then a nest appeared right in the middle of the grove. With
great delight we notified Eagle Watch, who notified the “powers
that be” and they notified the developers .Building in the
grove would have to be delayed for awhile. Perhaps years we could
hope? As an after thought we wondered if the adult eagles weren’t
also the pair whose young we had saved. Who knows? Perhaps they
had decided to pay us back by building their new nest next to our
home? Whatever the reason, we will be rewarded by watching them
raise their new family and we hope this time the young will have
a safe journey.