An orphan eaglet has a new family thanks to Medicine River Wildlife Centre and a lot of helping hands.
The centre partnered with provincial biologist Gordon Court, master bird bander Rick Morse, WILDNorth in Edmonton and local fostering researcher Judy Boyd to come to the rescue of two eaglets that fell after their nest crashed to the ground.
One eaglet sustained a broken wing and is recovering at WILDNORTH.
Boyd was aware of numerous active nests and dens of a variety of species, including bald eagles, and an appropriate foster nest was found for the other eaglet, in consultation with Court and Morse.
Morse climbed the tree to the foster nest to deposit the eaglet while parents circled overhead and the new siblings watched closely.
Monitoring of the nest showed that the fostering was a success.