A bald eagle unable to take wing has found a permanent home at Georgia Southern University. Franklin, a 6-pound bird, will join two other bald eagles now at the university's Center for Wildlife Education. The bird was found running in woods near Tallahassee, Fla., with a fractured wing and other damage. A veterinarian was unable to fix the injuries, meaning the bird cannot fly.
A recent survey in Georgia suggests that the bald eagle population is continuing to grow. Officials at the Department of Natural Resources say they have documented 158 occupied nesting territories, 116 successful nests and 190 young fledged, which means they have the feathers necessary for flight.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an aquatic weed called hydrilla, first found in Thurmond Lake in 1995, now infests about 60 percent of the reservoir's 1,200-mile shoreline. The weed harbors a type of algae believed responsible for the death of at least 60 bald eagles at the lake.