While monitoring the Duncan Bay area, Stainfield discovered that the eagle nest had fallen to the ground since his last visit. In checking the area, he found a nestling on the ground that still needed 2 to 3 more weeks of development before it could fly.
With the help of Kentucky State wildlife officials, the Forest Service determined that the eaglet would be too vulnerable to predators and not able to survive. It needed to be rescued.
Curtis Fowler, a wildlife manager at Land Between The Lakes, worked with Woodlands Nature Station staff, Brooke Gilley and Shannon Brockway, plus volunteer Stainfield, to capture the scared eaglet.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources coordinated the transfer of the eaglet to a wildlife rehabilitator near Louisville. If the young eagle survives, it will be brought back to Land Between The Lakes and released near Duncan Bay again.
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