Mike Allen and Montezuma Refuge manager Bill Stewart remove Jemison's carrier from the back of Mike's truck
OK, so Jemison's not a Bald Eagle, but he got to live like one for a while!
There's a Peregrine inside that carrier just waiting to get out.
June Summers, President of the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, removed the lid on the carrier. Jemison wasted no time getting in to the air.
A red stripe has been added to the blue tape over Jemison's USFWS band, to make identification a little easier.
Jemison flew right by me on the way to the open skies above the wildlife refuge.
Rain started to fall but Jemison took no notice, gaining altitude quickly with powerful wingbeats. It looks like a complete recovery-- just what we were hoping for.
Kathy O and Carol P watch as Jemison begins soaring toward the west. Will he find Rochester again, or head for parts unknown?