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Island eagle rescued in Washington State BY REBECCA DOYLE Avalon, an Island-born eagle, is now training with the educa- tional programs of Ojai Raptor Center after recovering from in- juries she received on a months- long journey throughout the con- tiguous United States. Avalon--formally known by those who work with her by her tagged name, eagle K04---was a chick of the Two Harbors nest last year. The nest has been breeding successfully and has produced at least one viable chick each year since 2004. While these eagles have instinctive flight patterns, the departure of Avalon was unexpect- ed, as neither of her parents had left the Island in 25 years. However, in the early months of 2011, she flew more than the usual 26 miles across the sea, and actually ended up much further north in Washing- ton state. She was discovered in a muddy field near the city of Duvall, with a serious wing injur3,. "She got hurt somehow--per-" haps hit by a car, but we really don't know because she was found later," said Stefani J ijon, repre- senting the Institute for WLldlife .Services here on the Island. "She was taken to a rehabilitation center. and we weren't sure if she was go- ing to be able to be released into the wild again." Jijon's suspicions were con- firmed when it was disco'ered that Avalon's shattered wing had already healed into place. Unable to fly properly, the eagle flew by a different method back to care centers: by airplane. She arrived at the Institute of Wildlife Studies, which was declicated to Avalon's -rehabilitation and release (the In- stitute releases 60 percent of its patient animals back into the vild). However, when it was foun( that Avalon would be unable to turn to such a free lifestyle, she was of- ficially transferred to the Ojai Rap- tor Center in Ventura County. She is being trained as an Ambassador Eagle as a prelude to her full work in education. "She looks different," said Ji- jon in regards to Avalon's new appearance now that high-technol- ogy tracking equipment has been removed from the animal. "She's very natural now." Several tracking devices are usually placed on eagles such as Avalon still on the Island. They cannot be tracked when they are off the Island due to lack of the necessary GPS systems. The typical eagle wing mark- ers were also removed from Ava- lon after she was officially com- mitted to work at the Ojai Raptor Center. The eagles are also usu- ally equipped with a labeled band, which displays a phone number for anyone who may find the eagle-- dead or alive. It was these precau- tions that ensured the quick medi- cal attention that saved Avalon's life. Though she was out of reach of the tracking devices, the pro- vided phone number ensured her safety when she was discovered. More than just her handlers were concerned with Avalon's condition, however. As a part of the Two Har- bors nest, Avalon and her family have been publicly viewed by We- bcam throughout their growth. Upon heating the news of Ava- lon's difficulties, one fan even creat- ed a Facebook fan page for the bird. As of Thursday, she had 244 online friends. They are from her home at Catalina, her flight location in Washington, those in southern Cal- ifornia surrounding the educational work being done at the Ojai Raptor Center, and dozens more along the west coast. Although Avalon will not return to the Island, Islanders and other birdwatchers can con- tinue to observe the lives of such birds on the eagle nest Webcams. The Institute of Wildlife Studies plans on investing in an upgrade to the Webcam, with new pan-tilt zoom cameras projected to be a fu- ture component of the project. The new equipment would al- low a closer look at the eagles during early stages of life, and a .broader observation level as the animals grow. The fact that young chicks are constantly being hatched promises .decades of eagle-viewing to come; the average lifespan of an eagle in captivity is 60 years. Despite the decision not to re- turn Avalon to the Island, the story of eagle K04 is seen as a victory. "Everybody was hoping she'd be released, but that wasn't the case. But she got a lot of fame and em- pathy, :and we're at least happy somebody found her before she died," said Jijon. "It's kind of a success story . for an injured bird." Co-ed Softball teams square off in fog LOBSTER TRAP AND STRAIGHT UP BUILDERS WIN It was a cold, foggy night, and yet the game went on. The Lobster Trap faced off against Bravo's Landscaping in the first game of the night. Lobster Trap jumped out to a quick lead, with five in the first. Bravo's Landscaping answered back with two. The Lobster Trap continued their offensive attack in the third. Despite the lay-out stop and throw to first by Joe Hernan- dez to record the second out, The Lobster Trap had eight more runs come home. Bravo's Landscaping converted a hit and an error into two runs. Chuy Sillas opened the fourth with an inside the park homerun for the Lobster Trap. Eight more hits added up to seven more runs, for a total of eight crossing the plate. The Lobster Trap added one more run in the fifth from Mario Chavez' inside the park homer. Bravo's Landscaping rallied in the fifth and final inning. With two outs, four base hits and an inside the park home run from Phil Igpez put five more runs on the boar] be- fore the third out was recordeS. Final score Bravo's Landscap- ing 9, The Lobster Trap 22, For Bravo's Landscaping, San- tiago Martinez, Joe Hernandez and Dustin Cookman all collected two hits. Adam Nelson, Phil Lopez, Justin Spring and Hedy Alvarado all contributed one hit. For The Lobster Trap, Chuy Sillas was a perfect four for four. Mickey Mann was three for three with a walk. Scotty Rohlfsen, Manny Hernandez, Jimmy Felix and Jesse Gallegos all had three hits. Mario Chavez had two hits, while Susan Budd, Aurora Felix, Mirta Mora and Chela Hernandez all contrib- uted one hit. Second game The second game on this foggy night was between pebbly Beach Building Supply and Straight Up Builders. Justin Hernandez opened the game with a home rtm for Pebbly Beach Building Supply. Straight Up Builders answered back with three runs, two from" Jorge Her- nandez' inside the park homer. Eddie Arnold made a great snag at first to end the inning, and deny an extra base hit to Richard Ferrari. Straight Up Builders kept the pressure on, with another five runs in the second. Pebbly Beach Build- ing Supply got two more runs in the third, only to see Straight Up Builders put up another six. Pebbly Beach Building Supply converted a walk into a run in the fourth. Straight Up Builders pounded out four hits and "a-second home run from Jorge Hemandez for an- other four runs. Two more in the fifth added to Straight Up Build- er's lead. In the top of the sixth and final inning, Pebbly Beach Building Supply had three run- ners come home before two were left stranded. Final score Pebbly Beach Building Supply 7, Straight Up Builders 20. For Pebbly Beach Building Supply, Justin Hernandez collected three hits. Tomas Moreno had two hits. Tino Rodriguez, Shawn Hall, Amir Noori, Robby Mc Cormick, We've partnered with HealthStream, a national organization with an excellent reputation for collecting information about patient experiences. They may be contacting you via telephone about your experience at Catalina Island Medical Center. Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 The survey will take about 10 minutes. Your answers are confidential. The survey can be conducted in English or Spanish. Your privacy will be completely respected. The person who calls is not a medical professional and caller ID will identify the call as Healthstream Research. If you have any questions about the survey, please call (310) 510-0700. Cathy Ponce, Marisela Rodriguez and Chrissy Cook all contributed one hit. For Straight Up Builders, Isaac Felix was four for four. Jorge Her- nandez and Bart Glass were three for three. Josh Flynn also had three hits. Eddie Arnold had two hits and a walk. Chelsea Mc Cormick also had two hits. Gilberto Gamboa, Nick Flores and Anissa Noland all had one hit. No Games this.Thursday. Have a happy Thanksgiving. Schedule for Thursday, Dee. I 6 p.ra.-Brav0's Landscaping versus Pebbly Beach Building Supply 7:30 p.ra.-Straight Up Builders versus The Lobster Trap Standings The Lobster Trap-3-O Straight Up Builders-2-1 Pebbly Beach Building-O-2-1 Bravo's Landscaping:-O-2:l (31o) 51o-o7oo /" loo Falls Canyon Road Catalina "-- PO BOX 1563, Avalon 90704 Island Medical Center www.CI M edicalCenter.org 4 Friday, November 25, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER