Winging to freedom | Life Outdoors

A rehabilitated female bald eagle flew to freedom March 20 on a section of the Green River west of Flaming Geyser State Park. Dr. Jan White, a veterinarian and founder of South Sound Critter Care, and Lisa Horn, executive director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter, met at Coates Christmas Tree Farm to release the eagle.

A bald eagle took flight along the Green River recently after being nursed back to health by animal rescue advocates. The eagle had been injured and was found near Flaming Geyser State Park.

A rehabilitated female bald eagle flew to freedom March 20 on a section of the Green River west of Flaming Geyser State Park.

Dr. Jan White, a veterinarian and founder of South Sound Critter Care, and Lisa Horn, executive director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter, met at Coates Christmas Tree Farm to release the eagle.

White said the bird had been injured a few months earlier near the spot where she was release back into the wild.

The eagle was taken in by South Sound Critter Care and later transferred to West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island.

South Sound Critter Care, near Lake Sawyer and south of Covington, is a licensed general wildlife center principally serving King and Pierce counties. It is dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife. White and Tigger Birch, a licensed veterinarian technician, opened Critter Care in 2009 and it has consistently grown. Mammals, reptiles and birds are cared for at the facility. According to Critter Care’s website, an estimated 4,000 animals are taken in annually. Much of the work is done by volunteers and costs are covered by donations, grants and fundraising events.

White wrote in an email the eagle released March 20 was “transferred to West Sound Wildlife Shelter for flight training. (Eagles) require very large and expensive flight cages.”

A fundraising event for critter care is scheduled at 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 at Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Avenue South, Tukwila. Tickets are $20. For information call 206-778-1680.

 

 

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