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Come See a Bald Eagle Set Free in Lake Oswego Today at 1:00 PM!!!

Come See a Bald Eagle Set Free in Lake Oswego Today at 1:00 PM!!!

Credit: Jim Cruce

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:13 AM

Take a Break from Raptor Cam, Enjoy some Sunshine and Watch a Bald Eagle Get Set Free in Lake Oswego!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

1:00 pm

George Rogers Park

611 State Street

Lake Oswego, OR 

 

(C) Jim Cruce 

 

Directions: Meet at the Western Parking lot by the river.  From I5 South take exit 299A to OR-43 towards Lake Oswego.  Turn Left at George Rogers Park/Ladd Street, turn right at Furnace Street and left at Old River Road and park in the parking lot by the river.

Information: The male eagle came into Audubon's Wildlife Care Center from Lake Oswego on February 28th after it was injured in a territorial dispute with another eagle. Witnesses observed the two eagles collide in midair and tumble to the ground. One eagle was able to fly away but the other suffered deep puncture wounds and nerve damage to his right leg. 

The eagle was recovered by Oregon State Police Trooper Ken Moore and initially taken to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin and then transferred to Audubon's Wildlife Care Center.  The Eagle has been under the Care of Audubon Staff Veterinarian, Deb Sheaffer and more than 70 Care Center Volunteers. The eagle also received an MRI at the Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Center which revealed one of the punctures damaged the bone and there was significant swelling in the knee. By late March, the eagle had fully regained the ability to grasp and stand. In recent weeks it has been rebuilding flight strength in a 100 foot long flight cage.

Bald Eagles were listed under the Endangered Species Act from 1973 until 2007. The pesticide DDT caused them to lay eggs with thin eggshells that cracked during incubation. By the 1970's their numbers had plummeted in Oregon and across the Continental United States. Today, eagle population have recovered everywhere except in the Southwestern United States. There are over 500 pairs of eagles breeding in Oregon. More than two dozen pairs nest in the Portland-Vancouver Region. Bald eagle populations in Oregon peak in late February and early March as nesting pairs return to their territories and migrants pass through the state. Nationally (Continental US) Bald Eagle populations have increased from a low of less than 500 breeding pairs in the early 1960's to more than 10,000 breeding pairs today.

Nesting Bald Eagles first showed-up in Lake Oswego in 2001. Lake Oswego's strong natural resource protection programs may have been one of the reasons why Lake Oswego was one of the first places outside of wildlife refuges that eagles were able to re-establish themselves in the Metropolitan Region.

The Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Care Center is Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Each year the center treats over 3,000 injured wild animals. The center is run by the equivalent of three full-time staff and over 75 volunteers and is almost completely donation funded.

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