Allegiant came to the Liberty Nature Center in July 2014. She is now a part of our education collection. To read Allegiant's full story,
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Allegiant is a mature, female Bald Eagle. Allegiant was found on March 09, 2013 in North Carolina and was taken to the Carolina Raptor Center where they discovered she had fractures to her right radius and ulna. Once discovered, veterinarians performed surgery to attempt to fix the fractures. The fractures healed back remarkably and it was believed allegiant would be released. However, during her rehabilitation process, staff noticed she was unable to fly extended distances. Despite hours of physical therapy and exercise, Allegiant never gained her full flight capabilities back and it was determined she was not releasable.
The Liberty Nature Center applied to become the new home for the Eagle and on July 7, 2014, staff made the long journey to North Carolina to pick her up. Allegiant settled in to her new home and is currently in an intense training program. Hopefully, Allegiant will be able to perform short flight demonstrations and educational programs all over the state of Kentucky.
Bald Eagle Information:
The Bald Eagle is a member of the fish-eating eagle group. Found mostly near bodies of water, fish make up the majority of the Bald Eagle's diet although they are known to eat rodents, reptiles, and even carrion when needed. Bald Eagle's do not get their distinctive white head and tail until they reach sexual maturity at around 5 years of age. Eagle's rely mainly on their eyesight to hunt. A Bald Eagle's nest can sometimes be big enough to fit a small vehicle inside.
When Europeans first settled the Americas, Bald Eagle's were plentiful. Shortly after, Bald Eagles began to compete with Humans for the same resources and were victims of pesticide use. The numbers began to decline until the Bald Eagle populations were endangered. Thanks to laws such as the Bald Eagle Act and Endangered Species Act, as well as the work of dedicated individuals and conservation organizations, the Bald Eagle was removed as a threatened and endangered specie in 2007.