Golden Eagle Lands at ACES
On December 19th, ACES received a non-releasable Golden Eagle from Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Del Norte, Colorado. The eagle was found with a broken wing approximately 30 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park in November 2018.
While the bird was at Frisco Creek, two things became clear to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife rehabilitators there. First, they determined that the bird’s wing injury was severe enough that the eagle would not be able to return to the wild. Second, they noticed that the bird had an unusually calm demeanor, inspiring them to reach out to ACES after learning about the organization’s loss of its beloved Golden Eagle who lived at Hallam Lake from 1982 until her death in May 2019.
ACES staff visited Frisco Creek to meet the eagle in August before applying to have it transferred to ACES as an educational raptor. Last week, the transfer was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The eagle is currently on display in its enclosure at Hallam Lake. Beginning in January, ACES raptor handlers will begin a training program with the new eagle.
ACES’ Hallam Lake winter hours are Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM, and admission is free and open to the public. We invite the community to come meet our newest avian ambassador and welcome it to its new home!