A bald eagle found injured in June at a power substation in Newcastle has been released to the wild after having been treated for a broken wing.
“It’s always wonderful to see our patients make a complete recovery and return to their natural lives,” Diane Winn, executive director of Avian Haven in Freedom, a bird rehabilitation facility, said in a press statement. “The successful rehabilitation of this eagle at Avian Haven was a lengthy process that included X-rays, blood work, fracture management, physical therapy, and flight conditioning.”
Winn credited the quick action of the Central Maine Power Co. worker who had found the injured bird with saving the bird’s life.
CMP electrical specialist Jamie Fisher was doing routine work on June 21 at the company’s Newcastle substation when he found the eagle moving across the ground and unable to fly.
In accordance with CMP’s protocol for encounters with injured birds, Fisher contacted his supervisor and environmental experts at the utility, setting in motion an effort to get the raptor to Avian Haven for treatment. With the help of CMP personnel, Charlie Todd, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, captured the bird and transported it to Avian Haven, which had been alerted to the bird’s pending arrival.
The consequences of eagle’s injury could have been serious, according to Winn.
“When an eagle is unable to fly, it cannot find food or get out of harm’s way,” she said in the statement. “Fortunately, Jamie acted quickly to ensure the bird’s safety and send it on the road to recovery.”
The eagle was released Aug. 30 at the Damariscotta River Association’s Great Salt Bay Farm.
“CMP is committed to very high standards when it comes to environmental stewardship, and the actions by Jamie and others involved in this eagle’s rescue exemplify that commitment,” said President Sara Burns in the press release. “Our long-standing partnership with Avian Haven has been key to our efforts to manage bird activity near power lines, and we appreciate everything they do to rehabilitate the birds that come into their care.”
Avian Haven has permits issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate wild birds, including endangered species. It is a nonprofit organization funded through private donations.
CMP is subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.