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Bald eagle rehabilitated by WildCare released back into the wild

An American bald eagle is released on Thursday at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur after it was brought back to health by the WildCare Foundation in Noble. [PHOTO BY LISA RUDY HOKE, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN]

An American bald eagle is released on Thursday at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur after it was brought back to health by the WildCare Foundation in Noble. [PHOTO BY LISA RUDY HOKE, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN]

A bald eagle rehabilitated by the WildCare Foundation in Noble was released back into the wild Thursday in a ceremony at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.

The eagle was brought to WildCare last month by an Oklahoma game warden who found the bird gasping for air next to his dead mate.

Wild Care officials believed the birds were poisoned. The initial prognosis was dire for the eagle brought to WildCare, but with medical attention the 5-year-old adult male steadily improved over several weeks until he was healthy enough to be released.

The eagle was released within five miles from the area it was found. WildCare accepts injured and orphaned wildlife at its facility in Noble.

Bass Elite Series visits Grand Lake

Professional bass fishing returns to Oklahoma as the Bassmaster Elite Series visits Grand Lake O' the Cherokees for a four-day tournament beginning Thursday.

The Elite Series is the top level of the B.A.S.S. Tour. Daily takeoffs will be at 6:15 a.m. from Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Weigh-ins will happen in the same location at 3 p.m. each day.

The field of 109 anglers will fish for two days, then the top 51 anglers qualify to fish on Saturday. The field will then be cut again to the top 12 for Sunday's final day.

The winner earns $100,000. The Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo will take place at the park on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. All events are free and open to the public.

This is the 18th time B.A.S.S. has held a tournament at Grand Lake, including the 2013 and 2016 Bassmaster Classics.

Five Oklahoma anglers are in the field: Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Jason Christie of Park Hill, James Elam of Tulsa, Edwin Evers of Talala and Jeff Kriet of Ardmore.

Red Slough birding convention nears

Three of Oklahoma's bird watching hot spots will be toured as part of the 10th Annual Red Slough Birding Convention, hosted by the Idabel Chamber of Commerce May 5-8.

Guides will lead convention participants on morning tours of the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, Little River National Wildlife Refuge and McCurtain County Wilderness Area.

In addition to the morning bird-themed tours, participants of the Red Slough Birding Convention can also take guided afternoon tours of the region's diverse dragonflies, prairie wildflowers and trees.

The $125 registration fee covers the six tour options including transportation to the conservation areas, three evening presentations and a banquet.

For more information, go to redsloughconvention.com.

Sporting Clay shoot on Thursday

The Youth for Christ (YFC) West Clay Classic will be Thursday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie.

The event is a fundraiser for YFC West and its ministry programs. For information, contact Samuel Brian Hill at (405) 600-4139 or brian@yfcokc.org.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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