|Shortly after her arrival at FLWC|
|Adult male on left, juvenile on the right. Bald eagles don't get their fully white heads until 5 years of age.|
At that point, we began looking for placement for her in a licensed educational facility that was approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. We received several inquires from facilities across the country that were interested in taking her in. After speaking with the enthusiastic and caring staff at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland, it was apparent that they would be a great fit for her. The center in Maryland had recently lost a 30+ year old female bald eagle due to health issues and was looking for another bird to become their educational ambassador.
Once all the paperwork was complete, we began to look at transportation options for getting her from Wisconsin to Maryland. Pilots N Paws was contacted by the Maryland center to see if they could help. Pilots N Paws is non-profit organization that helps facilitate transportation of rescue and shelter animals by pilots and airplane owners that are willing to donate their services. Members of the group showed interest in helping right away but given the time of year, it took several weeks of planning and coordination to find a time where the weather was good all the way from Wisconsin to Maryland to make the transport safe for everyone.
|The day before her big trip|
|All ready to go|
|Arriving in Janesville|
|Pilot Mike Greene (middle), and FLWC volunteers Amy Streff (second from right) and John Kraak (far right)|
|John delivering the final paperwork to Mike before heading out|
|Arrival in Ohio - half way there.|
|The hand-off in Ohio between pilot Mike Greene (right) who flew Wisconsin to Ohio, and Wes Hughes (left), who took the second leg of the trip.|
|At her final destination with her new handler, Environmental Education Instructor Mike Callahan, who is also an apprentice falconer.|
Post: Brooke Lewis, Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor
Photos: Brooke Lewis, Mike Callahan, John Kraak, Mike Greene