A young bald eagle was released near its Eustis nest last week after being discovered on the ground a month earlier. Unable to fly, the young female bird was rescued by Kat Harnest, a Mount Dora resident and certified naturalist. The dehydrated eaglet was transported to the Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
At the time of rescue, the bird was estimated to be 3 ½ months old and covered in mites. She was nursed back to health in Maitland and learned to fly, to prepare for her release near the Eustis nest it’s believed she fell from.
Harnest is also a nature tour guide on Lake Dora and a volunteer at Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue Center.