Mooseheart eaglets set to fly into the wild at Starved Rock

  • The eagles abandoned at Mooseheart in May have been rehabilitated at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington and are ready to be released into the wild.

    The eagles abandoned at Mooseheart in May have been rehabilitated at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington and are ready to be released into the wild. Courtesy of Phil Hampel

  • The adult eagles stayed close to their eaglets but were never seen taking food to the nest. The eaglets are not expected to revisit their parents.

    The adult eagles stayed close to their eaglets but were never seen taking food to the nest. The eaglets are not expected to revisit their parents. Courtesy of Darryl Mellema

  • Dawn Keller of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation removes a bald eaglet from its replacement nest June 2 in preparation for its move to the rehab center. The eaglets weren't getting proper nutrition so they were removed.

      Dawn Keller of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation removes a bald eaglet from its replacement nest June 2 in preparation for its move to the rehab center. The eaglets weren't getting proper nutrition so they were removed. Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

  • The eagles abandoned at Mooseheart in late May will be released into the wild Nov. 12 at Starved Rock State Park in Utica.

    The eagles abandoned at Mooseheart in late May will be released into the wild Nov. 12 at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. Courtesy of Phil Hampel

  • The eaglets were placed into an outdoor cage at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington once they were no longer dehydrated and eating solid food on their own.

    The eaglets were placed into an outdoor cage at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington once they were no longer dehydrated and eating solid food on their own. Courtesy of Flint Creek

  • The weak little eaglets got a replacement nest in late May after their original nest was destroyed in heavy thunderstorms.

    The weak little eaglets got a replacement nest in late May after their original nest was destroyed in heavy thunderstorms. Courtesy of Darryl Mellema

 
 
Updated 11/5/2011 5:28 PM

The rescued Mooseheart eaglets will return to the wild Nov. 12 in a release party not in Batavia but at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. They have survived an 85-foot fall, an attempt to give them a man-made nest, abandonment by their parents (who are coming back to Mooseheart's campus), and foster care at a rehab center in Barrington.

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