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That's One Old Bird - Apr. 11, 2017

Warden Rescues Oldest Eagle Ever Documented In Maine 
Nearly 34 Years Old!

last Friday, Maine Game Warden Joe McBrine, who covers a portion of the Downeast area, got a call concerning an injured bald eagle in Trescott TWP.

McBrine, who was at a career fair at the time, asked US Fish and Wildlife Service Officeer Amanda Hardaswick to assist him with the eagle.

With the help of local lobsterman Wayne Jones, McBrine located the eagle along the harbor shore, and McBrine was able to walk right up to it and capture it without any struggle by the eagle.

Eagles in the wild generally only live 15-20 years, but amazingly, this bird was banded as a just hatched eaglet in June of 1983, making the eagle nearly 34 years old. It is the oldest eagle ever documented in Maine.

Adding to the story is that it was IFW's Charlie Todd who banded the eagle on Grand Manaan Island in 1983. At the time, Charlie was the department's eagle biologist, and for the past five years, Charlie has lead the department's endangered species program.

Since the eagle was banded, it was only sighted one other time, and that was in Edmunds Township in 1984 when it was a little less than a year old.

The eagle is doing well, but has an injury to one of its wings. The cuts on its wings are  consistent with a fight with another eagle.

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