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Injured Bald Eagles Flying Free Again After Stint In Rehab

Aug 28, 2015
Courtesy of Southeastern Raptor Center

Two injured bald eagles are flying free again after they were found separately in distress this summer: one near Lake Allatoona in northwestern metro Atlanta, the other in Irwin County.

The eagles are both fledglings. The young eagle found near Lake Allatoona, not far from Cartersville by fishermen in June, suffered from a leg fracture.

The bird discovered in Irwin County, also in June, was described by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as “malnourished and near death.”

Ancient Sport of Falconry Still Soaring In Georgia Today

Aug 21, 2015
Alan "Smokey" Drury with Georgia Falconry Association holds his red-tailed hawk in the studio on Aug. 21, 2015.
Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

Falconry is a sport involving birds of prey that dates back to 2000 B.C. and survives to this day around the world and in Georgia.

It's one of the world's oldest hunting sports and involves training a raptor or bird of prey to hunt under the command of what’s referred to as a falconer.

Falconer Alan "Smokey" Drury of the Georgia Falconry Association said during an interview on “Closer Look” that his message for those interested in falconry is simple:  “You’re responsible for a wild creature… it is a commitment.”

Charlie Muise checks the feathers on a common yellowthroat at his bird banding station in Panola Mountain State Park.
Molly Samuel / WABE

It’s the time of year when baby birds start to leave their nests. A research project south of Atlanta is revealing more about the birds that nest here by catching them.

Just after dawn on what will be a sunny, late-spring day, Charlie Muise is standing at a fold-out card table, set up on a dirt road. He’s in a damp, dewy meadow at Panola Mountain State Park in southern DeKalb County at his bird banding station.

A volunteer brings him a little drawstring cotton bag that’s twitching. He sticks his hand in.