An EagleWatch Eaglet Rescue




     Highlands Elementary in Kissimmee has a unique un-official mascot. It’s Big Al the American Bald Eagle. The nest is situated in the center of the car loop where the teachers and students are greeted with the fanfare of swooping eagles and their ever replicated but never duplicated eagle screams. Big Al is rumored to have blown into school the year Hurricane Charlie wreaked havoc on Central Florida, where he decided it was such a nice spot that he would return each year afterwards to raise a family. This year Big Al had a packed nest with three baby Eaglets that the Highlands Elementary Family helped to raise as their own.

How do you raise an Eagle Family, you may ask?

By staying out of their way!

     This morning, Highlands awoke to one of our Eaglets out of the nest and on the ground with what appeared to be an injured wing. With the entire HLES Family concerned for our beloved eagle family’s health, we contacted the Audubon EagleWatch for assistance. Being an emergency, the Maitland Bird Of Prey Rescue in conjunction with Osceola Animal Services, picked up the eaglet in the hopes of a 100% recovery until it can be reintroduced to the wild. Hopefully when our baby gets better, they’ll find their way back to that scrub pine tree at Highlands Elementary…


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