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Rescued bald eagle to be released on Jordan Lake

By Cheryl Hoggard
Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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Pittsboro, N.C. – At last the eagle that came to Piedmont Wildlife Center on June 6th, having been rescued from Jordan Lake as it struggled with a large catfish, is ready for release. A fisherman on the lake observed the bird struggling in the water and called for help.

Jay Childress, Ron Simmons, Albert Urquhart, Ronnie Parker and Piedmont Wildlife Center wildlife supervisor, Jeanette Curley, rescued the adult eagle from the lake and transported it to Piedmont Wildlife Center, where it received pain medication, bandages, fluid and a diet of mice and fish. The majestic bird was shipped to the Carolina Raptor Center where its rehabilitation was continued. It was given medication for swelling and pain, and forced fed on a diet of fish and rats until it was put into a large flight cage to strengthen its powerful flight muscles prior to returning home to Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

The adult bald eagle (most likely a male because of its small size) will be released and fly off over Jordan Lake Friday at 10 am. The release site will be a field next to the lake. See directions to site below.

The Piedmont Wildlife Center’s goal is to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent of returning them to a healthy environment. The Center releases an impressive 48% of the animals brought to the hospital and expects to treat over 2,500 animals this year. In addition, Piedmont Wildlife Center strives to inform people about issues affecting wildlife rehabilitation and restoration to promote an improved relationship between humans and nature.

Directions to release site:

From highway 64, turn onto Big Woods Rd.

Go 2-3 miles and pass NC Division of Forest Resources Sign on right that says Jordan Lake Education. ~ 1mile further you will see a Division of Forest Resources sign on right that says Region 2 Headquarters. Follow road into facility. The release field will be immediately on left beside the lake.

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