A bald eagle found injured at a Central Maine Power Company (CMP) substation in June has been released to the wild following several weeks of treatment for a broken wing at Avian Haven, a rehabilitation facility located in Freedom.

“It’s always wonderful to see our patients make a complete recovery and return to their natural lives,” says Avian Haven Executive Director Diane Winn. “The successful rehabilitation of this eagle at Avian Haven was a lengthy process that included X-Rays, blood work, fracture management, physical therapy, and flight conditioning; however none of that would have been possible without the quick action taken by CMP personnel to get the bird into our hands.”

On the morning of June 21, Electrical Specialist Jamie Fisher was doing routine work at the utility’s Newcastle Substation when he found the bird moving across the ground and unable to fly. CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has specific processes in place for employees who encounter injured birds. Fisher contacted his supervisor and environmental experts at the utility, setting in motion an effort to get the raptor to Avian Haven for treatment. With the help of CMP personnel, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist Charlie Todd captured the bird. He transported it to Avian Haven, which had been alerted by CMP’s Environmental staff that the new patient was on the way.

The consequences of eagle’s injury could have been serious, according to Winn.

“When an eagle is unable to fly, it cannot find food or get out of harm’s way,” she says. “Fortunately, Jamie acted quickly to ensure the bird’s safety and send it on the road to recovery.”

The eagle was released Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Damariscotta River Association’s Great Salt Bay Farm.

“CMP is committed to very high standards when it comes to environmental stewardship, and the actions by Jamie and others involved in this eagle’s rescue exemplify that commitment,” says President Sara Burns. “Our long-standing partnership with Avian Haven has been key to our efforts to successfully manage bird activity near power lines, and we appreciate everything they do to rehabilitate the birds that come into their care.”

Avian Haven (avianhaven.org) has permits issued by the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate wild birds (including endangered species). It is a non-profit organization funded through private donations.