Lindsay Wildlife Museum releases Golden Eagle at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

SF Bay Area’s Premier Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Education Center treated the eagle for a wing injury

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. —November 11, 2014— Lindsay Wildlife Museum announced today the release of a Golden Eagle at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness in San Ramon on Monday, November 10. The Golden Eagle was treated at Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s wildlife rehabilitation hospital for more than five weeks after sustaining a wing injury in the Altamont Pass area.

“When this eagle first arrived, we could see she had a nasty wing injury. In the course of treatment, we discovered a severe liver infection. For awhile, I was really worried that she wasn’t going to make it,” said Lindsay Wildlife Museum Director of Veterinary Services Guthrum Purdin, DVM.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum worked with several organizations to coordinate the care and release of the Golden Eagle. NextEra Energy Resources Wildlife Program Coordinator Renee Culver brought the injured Golden Eagle to Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s rehabilitation hospital for treatment. Wildlife Rescue of Silicon Valley managed the final stage of rehabilitation, including conditioning the animal’s flight ability in a large aviary. East Bay Regional Parks District Biologist Doug Bell researched an appropriate release site.  Daniel Driscoll, Bald and Golden Eagle biologist from the American Eagle Research Institute equipped the eagle with a light-weight telemetry pack that will provide researchers several years of data on this eagle’s location and flight patterns.

“Today, being able to see her back at full strength and free in the wild has been absolutely thrilling. Days like today are why I do this work,” said Purdin.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum is home to the nation’s first wildlife rehabilitation center and treats more than 5,000 animals each year. The organization is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary in 2015 and recommitting to its mission of connecting people with wildlife through education and rehabilitation.

The coastal range in the greater Bay Area has the largest golden eagle population in the world. Each year, Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s rehabilitation hospital treats 5-10 Golden eagles.


About Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. The museum includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.

Visiting Lindsay Wildlife Museum

1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Museum Hours & Admission

September 21–June 15: Wednesday–Friday 12 PM–5 PM, Saturday–Sunday 10 AM–5 PM
June 18, 2014–Labor Day: Wednesday–Sunday 10 AM–5 PM
Admission is free for members and children under 2 years old, $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 65+ and $6.50 for children 2 -17.


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