A bald eagle rescued by Eric Lovestrand and Ronnie Carter is headed to Pensacola.

Because it could not fly, the bird caught the attention of visitors to Seafood Workers Park west of Apalachicola. On Jan. 3, Lovestrand and Carter, both ANERR employees, captured the sick bird and transported it to the Florida Wild Mammal Association (FWMA) wildlife rescue facility in Wakulla County for assessment and treatment.

FWMA Manager Chris Beatty said blood samples sent off to be tested came back positive for aspergillus, a fungal infection that can be fatal to birds.

The eagle is now doing well and is able to perch and feed itself but will require additional therapy before it can be safely released. When it is stable enough to travel, it will go to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida in Pensacola, where it can be handled by eagle specialists.

Beatty said the bird’s brief stay at FWMA cost more than $400 in medical tests above and beyond the cost of feeding it and prescribed medications. “It’s just another routine day,” she said.

FWMA is a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center that accepts animals from five surrounding counties including Franklin. Although FWMA receives injured and orphaned wildlife from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service, the center receives no government support.

If you would like to support Beatty’s work, you can donate to FWMA at any time. FWMA always needs bleach, paper towels, fruit cocktail, birdseed, nuts, pelican fish (pinfish, finger mullet, thread herring, butterfish), fresh fruit and vegetables, Pedigree wet and dry dog food, Friskies wet and dry cat food, Dawn dish liquid and gift cards from local grocers to give FWMA flexibility in purchasing when needed items are not on hand.

They will also gladly accept cash donations. The center is also seeking a reliable transport vehicle for injured animals.

You can send a tax-deductible donation to Florida Wild Mammal Association, 198 Edgar Poole Road, Crawfordville, FL32327, or visit www.wakullawildlife.org/ and use the Paypal button to make an instant donation.

If you find an injured animal, please bring it to the Edgar Poole Road facility.