For Immediate Release: November 15, 2016
Contact: Katie Warner, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Director, (407) 644-0190, email@example.com
ORLANDO, Fla. – Last week the nation paid attention to two eagles trapped in an Orlando storm drain. When rescued one eagle flew away into the wild, and the other was taken to and treated at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Clinic staff are sad to report that the injured eagle died last night.
The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey has treated 65 injured or ill Bald Eagle patients this year. Many fully recovered and were returned to their home territories- 546 Bald Eagles have been released back into the wild since 1979.
“Our team, along with Dr. Robert Hess and the staff at the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital made every attempt to save this beautiful bird,” said Katie Warner, Director of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. “We’re going to continue educating the community on why we must conserve Florida’s environment to help prevent the loss of our nation’s symbol of freedom. We’d like to thank the community for the outpouring of support.”
“Releasing recovered eagles back to the wild is important. It is also just as important to make sure eagles and all wild birds have water, food and places to nest and raise their young. We are calling on all Floridians to work with Audubon to protect eagle habitat so the once endangered species can thrive.”