(Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A bald eagle that once had been poisoned, a golden eagle that once suffered from lead poisoning, and an American kestrel falcon that was brought up by humans were the special guests at today's Eagle Day.
Gary Crain, a volunteer with Operation Wildlife, told the Eagle Day audience that Operation Wildlife received the animals as part of a national rescue network, and helped nurse them back to health.
More than 400 people attended Saturday's Eagle Day at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Moose, a bald eagle, was making a return visit to the event, having been there for several previous years. Moose's story, according to Crain, was that it was found in Yellowstone Park, having suffered a seizure. It fell out of a tree and broke its shoulder in several places. It came to the Operation Wildlife in 1994. Moose had ingested some poisoned gophers put out by a farmer for controlling pests.
Goldie, the golden eagle, also came to Operation Wildlife in 1994, Crain said. It was found wandering in Wyoming, the victim of lead poisoning. Someone had shot prey that Goldie ingested.
Crain said one visitor to today's program reported seeing two eagles Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake Park. A member of the audience said she saw 15 eagles on Dec. 24 at the lake.
Operation Wildlife has its headquarters in Linwood, Kan. It receives thousands of animals each year and has a release record of almost 70 percent. For more information, visit its website at http://owl-online.org.