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Sequim’s raptor center cares for new bald eagle

This female bald eagle, wounded in a fight with another bird, was rescued in Kingston and transferred to the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.  - Photo courtesy Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center
This female bald eagle, wounded in a fight with another bird, was rescued in Kingston and transferred to the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center

A female bald eagle is the newest temporary resident of Sequim’s Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center.

On Friday, Kingston landowner Scott McClure was alerted by his dogs to a commotion in a bramble bush, where he found the eagle, which had apparently been in a fight with another bird. According to Raptor Center volunteer Linda Gambrel, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer met Raptor Center founder Jaye Moore halfway on Friday night to transfer the bird to the Raptor Center at 1051 W. Oak Court, Sequim.

Moore said that the eagle is expected to make a full recovery and will be released soon in the Kingston area.

The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center is a nonprofit group run by Moore, her husband, Gary, and unpaid volunteers, with support from Greywolf Veterinary Hospital and donations from the public.

According to its website, the center’s mission is to “rehabilitate injured, orphaned, abandoned or permanently incapacitated wildlife, with a special emphasis on caring for birds of prey.” Residents include eagles, owls, hawks, raccoons, coyotes, fawns and others. Each permanent resident, costs about $1,000 a year to house and feed, according to the website.

The center regularly presents education programs and center staff often appear with wild raptors at public outreach events. Tours may be scheduled by donation and in advance at jaye@nwraptorcenter.com.

For more information on the center or to volunteer or donate, visit nwraptorcenter.com; or send a check to Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, 1051 W. Oak Court, Sequim, WA 98382.

 

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