Bald Eagle
, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Location of Rescue: 
Wabash, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Shocked by electric wire, arthritis in elbow

Jefferson is one of the few education birds that we know his age and a little bit of his history before he came to Soarin’Hawk.  Jefferson had a band on his leg when he came to Soarin’Hawk as an education bird.  He hatched in the spring of 2011 and was banded on 5/26/2011 at a site east of Flint, Michigan on the shore of Lake Erie.  

Jefferson was found in downtown Wabash, Indiana on December 26, 2011.  He was apparently shocked by an electric wire and fell to the ground.  The shock caused a large area of skin on his left wing to die and also caused a subluxation of his left elbow.  Only a month after he was found, radiographs revealed early arthritis in the elbow.  He is non-releasable due to the elbow injury and was added to our education permit in the late summer of 2012.  He will always be on Cosequin, a glucosamine supplement, for his elbow.

Eagles are difficult to train for education birds. They adapt to new things slowly, so their training takes years.  It has been fun to watch Jefferson mature as he slowly gets his adult plumage, including his white head. By 5 years old, 2016, he should have a completely white head. Jefferson loves to eat fish, especially when we can offer him live fish in the pool in his flight pen! 

Adoption Gift Options

What you'll get with the listed donations:

  • $50 - Adoption Certificate and information about your bird’s life.
  • $100 - $200 An educational book describing the Raptors of North America and an 8 x 10 portrait of your raptor.  
  • $300 - A personal photo opportunity with your raptor.[Requires advanced scheduling with Soarin’ Hawk. 
  • $1000 - Corporate Sponsor: Presentation of the sponsored bird at company function, and company logo on our web site.