Target: Dianna Flynt, Rehabilitation Supervisor
Goal: Thank rescue group for rehabilitating a bald eagle and for educating the public about how to better ensure that they thrive in the future.
Two months ago a bald eagle was rescued by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey near Maitland, Florida. Thankfully, because of this group’s thoughtfulness and quick actions, Charlie the bald eagle is now flying around “to the tune of Free Bird.”
Sadly, Charlie was found hanging from a tree by a wire. As a result, he badly dislocated his shoulder and needed desperately to rest his muscles in order to allow time for his wounds to heal. After two months of being monitored and receiving professional care, Charlie was finally better. Ready to once again embrace the wild, the rescue group drove him up to Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands Park in Melbourne, Florida where he was originally found.
Once there, the mask that had been placed over Charlie’s eyes for safety was removed. Now the only thing holding him back was a soft hand upon his beak, a hand that would in the next second be waving good-bye. Yet, as Ann Hardwood-Nuss, the Director of the Audubon Florida Board, released Charlie, it was everyone’s hands that couldn’t help but to cheer and wave.
After Charlie left, the group explained that having a higher number of bald eagles in the environment is a sign that Florida’s ecosystem is doing well. It is a main reason why this group will continue to do everything possible to fight for both bald eagles and their habitats that all of us should also be striving to protect.
Please sign this petition to thank this chapter of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey for all of the great things they do to help bald eagles and certainly for everything they did to help Charlie get well. While Charlie may have been the five hundredth bird to fly away free, it his journey that may just make him number one in all of our hearts.
Dear Ms. Flynt,
A few days ago the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey released a bald eagle back into the wild after nursing him back to health from a dislocated shoulder. Because of your thoughtfulness, dedication and hard work, Charlie the bald eagle is now once again flying free.
Although Charlie’s recovery took time, the price was well worth it. It showed the second Dr. Ann Harwood-Nuss, the Director of the Audubon Florida Board, released Charlie from her hand. Watching Charlie go was not only a celebration because he was the five hundredth bald eagle your organization released, but it was also a heartwarming experience to see this beautiful creature get what he truly deserved.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank you for everything you did for Charlie and for everything that you have done for the many other bald eagles you have helped throughout the years. Thank you also for taking the time to educate the public about why preserving our wetlands is so important to the survival of these magnificent raptors and for further explaining that a higher number of bald eagles present is a sign that the overall environment is doing well.
We look forward to learning about more of your organization’s success stories in the future. Please know that we applaud your dedication to this task and that we as the animal rights community support you in your efforts.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Carole Robertson