An eagle named Freedom and a remarkable friendship

Freedom and Guidry have developed an amazing bond... their story will pull at your heartstrings.
May 08, 2012
Freedom the eagle with Jeff Guidrey

On Saturday May 19 at 11 a.m.,  the Adopt A Stream Foundation and Snohomish County Parks are teaming up for another great  Streamkeeper Academy event at the Northwest Stream Center in Mc Collum Park (600 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208.)

“EAGLES” features Freedom, a very beautiful female bald eagle. She is bringing along her human and friend, Jeff Guidry, the President of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center as her translator.

Together, they will teach you everything you every wanted to know about eagle habits and habitat requirements, and the many steps that you can take to protect our national symbol.

In addition to learning about eagles from the “beak of an eagle,” you will be treated to a story about a remarkable friendship that has been chronicled in a book (published by Harper Collins) called “An Eagle Named Freedom” by Jeff Guidry.

Freedom and Guidry have developed an amazing bond... their story will pull at your heartstrings.

Freedom fell out of her nest in Edmonds as a fledgling and broke both of her wings.

She was taken to the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center where it was determined that her wings could not be repaired for flight.

The gravely injured eagle was not responding to care and not standing after seven weeks.

The decision was made to euphemize Freedom if she could not stand on her own within one more week.

Guidry was able to coax her to get up on her powerful talons on the final day!

And he was at her side as she gradually recovered over the next several weeks.

Then, Guidry discovered that he had cancer and did not have much time left to live.

He spent more time with Freedom who began to return the favor and encouraged Jeff to fight his disease… and he went into remission!

After hearing the good news from his doctors, Jeff went to see Freedom who, much to the delight of the volunteers at Sarvey, wrapped her wings around Jeff in celebration!

“Jeff is not our typical adjunct professor,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch.  “Most of our profs come from a science background and Jeff is a blues/rock and roll guitarist who used to play sessions for the likes of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.”

Now, Jeff buys guitars for American Music in Seattle and has evolved into a self taught expert on eagles while volunteering at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.

He has also become a very entertaining voice for Freedom the Eagle. Everyone, young and old, will really enjoy this show.

You can reserve a space to meet Freedom and Jeff at the NW Stream Center by calling 425-316-8592.

Tickets are $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation Members and $7 for non-members.

This show is for the whole family, and Freedom really likes a big audience and to have her picture taken!! Proceeds will support Streamkeeper Academy and the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.

Guidry will be available after the show for a book signing.  To learn about other great Streamkeeper Academy events at the Northwest Stream Center, go to www.streamkeeper.org.

 

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