Just in time for Independence Day, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Clinic released a rehabilitated bald eagle that was recently treated for injuries back into its native environment.

Conservancy Wildlife Clinic volunteer Tim Healy and his wife, Norma, brought the injured bird to the clinic on May 3. The juvenile bald eagle was found in North Naples near Immokalee Road and U.S. 41 suffering from severe wounds to its right leg, right wing and tail. The cause of the injuries is unknown. The eagle’s injuries were treated with a therapeutic low level laser for several weeks to help heal its wounds.

“It’s always a great feeling when one of our patients is fully rehabilitated and able to be released back into the wild, especially an animal with such extensive injuries,” said Conservancy Wildlife Clinic Director Joanna Fitzgerald. “This case was truly unique because it was a bald eagle regaining its ‘independence’ just as we head into the Fourth of July weekend.”

The Conservancy Wildlife Clinic used a Multi Radiance TQ Solo laser to produce deep tissue stimulation, vital to restoring and proliferating healthy cells at the wound site. The bald eagle was placed in an outdoor recovery area on May 30 to complete its healing process.

“When we found the eagle it was in really bad shape; we honestly weren’t sure if it would make it,” said Healy. “It was a wonderful to see it fully recuperated and going home.”

On June 30 Healy did the honors of releasing the eagle back into the wild at the general area where it was originally found. Although reluctant to fly at first, the bald eagle eventually returned to the woods behind Wiggins Pass Road. Prior to its release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) banded the eagle with identification for possible future research. If the eagle is found injured in the future, the banding allows for information to be tracked back to FWC.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay.

The Conservancy is a grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region. Partnering with like-minded organizations, the Conservancy works to manage growth and protect area waters, land and wildlife. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida promotes sound environmental policies and practices based on solid scientific research while providing environmental education to residents and visitors. The Wildlife Clinic treats more than 2,400 injured, sick and orphaned animals each year and releases about half back into their native habitats.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Conservancy Nature Center are located in Naples, Florida at 1450 Merrihue Drive, off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit http://www.conservancy.org/.