COLLEGE CORNER, Ohio- A recently rehabilitated bald eagle has a new home at the Hueston Woods State Park nature center, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The newly named male eagle, Branch, is now sharing an enclosure with the park’s resident eagle, Abigail.
Branch was found with a fishing lure caught in his face and chest. The approximately 4-year-old eagle was rehabilitated at Raptor Inc., a facility near Cincinnati.
Branch’s eye was permanently damaged and he is not able be released back into the wild. Hueston Woods obtained permits from the Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to keep him in captivity. Park staff will send annual reports to USFWS about the eagle’s care and use in educational programs.
Visitors can see Branch at the nature center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The nature center, offering interactive displays that showcase the park’s history, geology, and Ohio’s native plants and animals, is located near the park office.
Hueston Woods State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, and more. Overnight accommodations include a resort lodge, modern campground, and a variety of year-round cabins.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways