Esther the eaglet is learning to fly when she falls from her nest. She is alone and injured. Who will help the baby eagle? With real bald eagle pictures, this true story explains how raptor centers and rehabilitation teams rescue and treat injured birds. Their goal is to release bald eagles and other birds back into the wild to live successful, natural lives. Esther’s story is just such a success!
Award-winning author Christie Gove-Berg wrote this picture book after her mom and dad found the injured eaglet hopping along on their land.
- The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota helped in Esther’s rescue and rehabilitation, and they assisted in ensuring this book’s accuracy.
- Part of the proceeds from the sale of Esther the Eaglet will benefit the Raptor Center.
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Esther lands on the forest floor in a heap. She stands and tries to raise her wings again, but she lets out a shrill whistle. In her left wing there is a new sensation: pain.
She looks around and notices people in the distance. They are watching her. She whistles in fear.
A car arrives and a woman gets out. She is trained and knows what to do. She sneaks slowly toward Esther.
In a sudden, surprising motion, the woman scoops up Esther and puts her in a small, dark place. Now Esther can only hear the growl of the car engine and the beat of her heart.
When Esther is taken out of the dark box, she is in a different place, called a Raptor Center. It is like a hospital for eagles and other raptors. The room is full of strange equipment.
Esther is achy, angry and afraid. People move carefully and quietly around her. One of them gently places her on a tall table. With her sharp eyes, Esther watches the people closely.