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By Joe Block 

Eagles take flight

 

January 17, 2019

Joe Block

Prairie du Sac saw four eagle releases last Saturday at VFW park. The day was overcast and windy, and the excited eagles had to battle winds coming off the Wisconsin River. A 10-year old was released from the arms of Executive Director Marge Gibson. Gibson talked to the eagle as she walked around the gathered crowd. She said the raptor was excited to be released and knew what was coming. A male juvenile was also released from Gibson's arms. She waded through a waste treatment plan to rescue him. His feathers had disintegrated, and like the adult female, he had lead poisoning. He was very excited as he toured the crowd. Two more juveniles were released from boxes. The winds and new environment proved challenging to the juveniles, as they flew away from the river and nested in trees in VFW parks and on the ground. Gibson said it was nothing to be concerned about. There will be future eagle releases at Bald Eagle watching Days next weekend on Saturday, at 1 p.m. at VFW Park. Raptor Education Group, Inc. cares for about 100 eagles and about 900 other native bird species. Above, Gibsom holds the 10-year-old before release. Below, the male juvenile takes flight. More photos on page 2.

Prairie du Sac saw four eagle releases last Saturday at VFW park. The day was overcast and windy, and the excited eagles had to battle winds coming off the Wisconsin River.

A 10-year old was released from the arms of Executive Director Marge Gibson. Gibson talked to the eagle as she walked around the gathered crowd. She said the raptor was excited to be released and knew what was coming.

A male juvenile was also released from Gibson's arms. She waded through a waste treatment plan to rescue him. His feathers had disintegrated, and like the adult female, he had lead poisoning. He was very ex...



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