Feb 21-15

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2015: February: Feb 21-15
Injured Eagle    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Nancy Van Evera
To the rescue    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Nancy Van Evera
Assessing the damage    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Jim Himmel
Getting him in the crate    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Jim Himmel

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 05:46 pm:

Today's photos and the story about them, come to us from Nancy and Joe Van Evera, who live in the Wallace area. Nancy actually took the first two photos and their friend, Jim Himmel took the second two photos.
Here is Nancy's story of the wounded Eagle and its rescue:

Exciting morning. I looked out and saw an eagle sitting on the ice on the Menominee River and wondered what it was doing out there. Checked back a few minutes later and another eagle came down and attacked it. They fought and rolled together and one eagle ended up on its back with its wings spread and didn't move. The other eagle sat close by and finally left.

Joe and I walked across the river to check on it and it was still alive. It would have died if we had left it. So, we used blankets and got it to the garage. Bud DeYoung, from the DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace. came and picked it up and then got in touch with the DNR. Wow - that was something to watch.

A short five days later Bud DeYoung called and said the eagle had recovered enough and was eating and he felt it was time. He came over and Joe and Bud (I was out of town) went out and attempted to let it fly but it did not go well. Joe said it only made it a short distance and landed so they went and caught it again and Bud took it back to the zoo. Not sure whether it will go to the raptor rehab in Rapid River or if it will stay with Bud a few days longer. That is as far as the story goes for now. But, yes, the eagle is still alive. We didn't get any pictures of the attempted release, as Joe got out on the ice with the camera and the battery went dead immediately.
Let's hope for a positive outcome to this rescue story, that this beautiful bird can recover enough to go back to living in the wild here UP North. Nancy promises to keep us posted on its progress, with hopes that she can update with photos when it is released successfully. What a great story!
Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 05:53 pm:

Tears welled up as I read this. Thank God for caring folks like these!:)
Will look forward to Nancy's updates.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 06:22 pm:

Hoping for the best for the eagle to recover enough to go back to the wild.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 08:14 pm:

I second all of your thoughts.

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 08:18 pm:

Oh yes...a HUGE thank you to all involved in this
beauty's rescue and getting her to rehab! Thank you!
Hat's off! Well Done!

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 09:34 pm:

I am looking forward to an update stating that the Eagle made a full recovery and is back in the wild soaring like an Eagle.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:42 pm:

Terrific story. Thanks for helping that eagle.
That was a tear jerker and I'll wait for more news
on this lucky bird in the future.

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:57 pm:

I hope the eagle makes a full recovery.It was very
kind and responsible of the Van Everas to take care of
this wonderful bird. Great pics and interesting story!

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 12:57 am:

Ditto all of the above comments!!
God Bless!

By Pat & Glenda (Gormfrog) on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 06:58 am:

We often define "Natural Resources" as everything beyond the city limits, a storehouse of materials to be extracted and processed into products and a source of $$$....much prefer stories and outlooks like the above..

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 07:19 am:

I hope the eagle recovers completely.

By Nancy Van Evera (Nancyvan) on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:18 pm:

An update on the eagle. A few weeks ago Bud DeYoung from DeYoung Zoo in Wallace (who came and got the eagle and took care of it), came to release the eagle back from our home. Things did not go well and the eagle did not seem to be able to fly. They caught it again and Bud took it back to the zoo. I talked with him tonight and he said that it was much stronger and seemed healthy enough to bring it back and then he had an idea. He has been feeding about 20 eagles (including two golden eagles) in a field near the zoo. He decided to take the eagle to the field and when the eagle saw the others, he really perked up and when Bud let him out of the cage, he took off immediately and flew up into a tree. All went well and the eagle is back in the wild where he belongs. Thanks for your interest and we were happy to report a Happy ending to the saga.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:17 pm:

Each day I enjoy all the photos from "Whats Up" But todays really fascinated me and caught my heart. From the old barns (which I love and enjoy painting) to the wonderfully alert fox. God's hand can be felt in each pic. And thanks to each and every one of you for sharing. There is a certain eagle that I can glimpse occasionaly driving between our two towns around here. The Mississippi draws these wonderful creatures for us.

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