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5-week-old eagle returned to Pine Island

Placed in faux nest below original nest

February 15, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

A 5-week-old eaglet is back in its Pine Island nest - sort of - thanks to the efforts of CROW.

Volunteers with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel returned the baby eagle to its parents and sibling Tuesday.

CROW?became involved after the eaglet fell from its nest on Feb 3 and a resident notified the organization that there was an injured bird on the ground.

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The 5-week-old eagle in faux nest box.

CROW volunteer Doug Albert

CROW retrieved the baby and determined that the eaglet was suffering hypothermia and had a wing injury. At the C.R.O.W. hospital, the bird was fed, blood tests were conducted and the wing injury treated.

CROW?then constructed a faux nest and installed it in the tree below the original nest.

It is the hoped that the eaglet will be accepted back into the family nest by its parents.

According to the National Audubon Society, Florida has one of the largest bald eagle populations in the U.S.

There are 16 bald eagle nests on Pine Island, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.



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