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Fund to aid raptors

In January 1989, bald eagle C52 arrived at Patoka Reservoir. A genetic wing abnormality prevented his release as a part of Indiana’s bald eagle restoration program. Since then, he’s been a living interpretive tool, allowing Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff to tell the bald eagle restoration story to more than 50,000 people around the state.

Last October the bird injured his left foot. C52 required medications, surgery and a 9-day recovery at the office of Dr. Sam Vaughn, a Louisville veterinarian who specializes in raptor care. C52 is recovering back home at Patoka Lake’s visitor center. However, even with considerable discounts from veterinarians, the eagle’s medical costs have reached several thousand dollars. The DNR has established a fund through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation to help provide care for C52 and other permanently injured birds of prey used in interpretive programming.

Eagle advocates interested in contributing can check out the care of C52 Web site at Or send your contribution to Patoka Lake Raptor Care, 3084 North Dillard Road, Birdseye, Indiana, 47513.

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Spring 2005