Found with an acute head injury, this rehabilitated golden eagle was released back into the wild last Friday, equipped with a satellite tracking device.
Discovered on March 27 outside of a fire station in Walnut Creek, California, a young golden eagle was taken to Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. It was determined she was suffering from “severe head trauma.”
Animal Control was notified of the injured eagle by a group of firefighters at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District station, noting that the eagle crashed into a window when she tried to fly. After several weeks of rehabilitation, experts determined that she was fully healed, and ready to be released back into the wild.
Prior to her release in Las Trampas Regional Park, the eagle was fitted with tracking technology, called satellite telemetry, so biologists can monitor her movements. She is part of a study that tracks eagles’ flight patterns in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, the results of which help to determine where is it safe to put new wind-energy turbines without interfering with wildlife. Doug Bell, Easy Bay Regional Park District Wildlife Manager, is conducting this study.
“It is truly remarkable to give this eagle a second chance at life in the wild, thanks to all who helped recover her and the dedicated staff at Lindsay Wildlife Hospital who treated and rehabbed her,” Bell said. “Hopefully we will be able to continue to follow her for a few more years.”
After regaining her natural restive demeanor and passing the required flight tests and prey tests, the eagle was ready to return to her natural habitat. The firefighters who saved the young eagle were among those in attendance at her release, where she took to the skies like the wild raptor she is.