Iowa Tribe releases a rehabilitated bird
By Clifton Adcock
"Bless us! Bless us! Back to the world," yelled Bobby Fields on Thursday as the eagle began its ascent.
Fields, chief of public safety for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, said the eagle holds a special place in nature.
"For me, for our nation's people, our eagles are sacred," Fields said. "Those prayers fly with him, and they are carried up to the creator."
By Emily Wood
It can take years to help an injured bird heal, but on Earth Day the tribe released one of those eagles to fly back to his family.
The eagles are permanent residents at the Bah Kho-Je xla chi Eagle Sanctuary. Some have lifelong injuries, and others have handicaps that prevent them from flying long distances. None of them could survive for long in the wild.
"The big one's lucky, cause it's lucky we found she had a broken collar bone," Aviary Manager Victor Roubidoux said.
Below: "Victor Roubidoux, an Iowa tribal elder and aviary manager, releases a once-injured bald eagle after a spiritual ceremony on Earth Day on Thursday." (Zach Gray/For the Tulsa World)