MTEKWAKIK (FORREST)


Forrest is an adult male Bald Eagle. Initially he was temperamental and kept to himself as he adjusted to his new surroundings. He seldom perched with the other eagles in the enclosure. He earned the moniker “Forrest” because everywhere he went he was running. Today he does have more than one speed, but he still exhibits those same qualities that earned him his name.

Forrest was found with a wing injury in Florida. He was transferred to the CPN Aviary after being treated at the Florida Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center. He had only been in captivity a short time during his rehabilitation, but was very calm and quiet in the kennel when he arrived. He was one of the first 8 eagles to call the CPN Aviary his permanent home. When he was released into the half round enclosure he shot out of the kennel with purpose and ran the entire length of the 150 foot enclosure.

Several months after his introduction to the CPN Aviary, a northern female Bald Eagle, Gracie, arrived. Forrest’s temperamental behavior quickly changed. Within a few minutes of introducing Gracie into the enclosure Forrest made his way to the perch right next to her. He acted as if he had found a long lost companion. He seems to find comfort perching next to her. Most evenings at dusk they can still be seen sitting side by side, wing to wing.