Coast Guard helps rescue distressed eagle off Jonesport

Posted June 06, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
Last modified June 06, 2014, at 6:18 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — The Coast Guard came to the aid of a distressed bald eagle on Friday, and the bird was captured and taken to an avian rehabilitation facility.

Researchers working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Eastern Brothers Island off Jonesport, which is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, reported a distressed eagle that was unable to fly.

Coast Guard personnel from the service’s station in Jonesport took refuge employees Linda Welch and Jim Fortier to the island, and they were able to capture the distressed eagle, estimated to be 2 years old.

The Coast Guard personnel nicknamed the juvenile eagle “Omaha” in honor of it being rescued on the anniversary of D-Day. Omaha was the code name for a beach that was taken by American soldiers invading the Normandy coast of German-occupied France in World War II.

The eagle was taken to Avian Haven in Freedom for rehabilitation. An eagle that fell ill in Bangor was nursed back to health and released in Brewer by Avian Haven earlier this week.