Roaring Brook Nature Center announced today that Shawnee, a male Bald Eagle who amazed and delighted Nature Center visitors for almost twenty years, passed away on March 31st. The cause of death was an infection in the brain.
Shawnee hatched in Minnesota in 1982. It is not known how he lost his right eye. Shawnee was at the Baltimore Zoo when he was acquired by a raptor rehabilitator from Connecticut along with a one-winged female eagle named Sioux. Both eagles were transferred to the Nature Center in the summer of 1993. Sioux died in 2008. As per United States Fish and Wildlife Service policy, Shawnee’s remains will be shipped to the government Bald Eagle Repository in Colorado.
The Nature Center sends it appreciation to the many volunteers who have cared for Shawnee over the years, as well as to Dr. Joe Giangarra of Mountain Lore Animal Hospital in Southington, who provided veterinary care to Shawnee over the past two years.
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