On Eagles’ Wings

One of the most majestic of birds, if not the most majestic, is the Golden Eagle. Here, in nearby Bernheim Forest, Kentucky, a pair of golden eagles have been tagged and traced over the past 5 years. Athena and Harper have been returning from Manitoba, Canada, to winter in Bernheim. Just this past week they set off to return to Manitoba. The tracking system records their mileage, altitude, speed, and of course direction. Both to and from Manitoba they each fly separate routes and repeat the same routes each trip north and south. They began their northward trip the same day and i hope the following brief description encourages you to use the link below –March 6 Athena left Bernheim and flew over 110 miles of familiar knobs terrain in Indiana before entering Brown County, Indiana. Brown County is a common destination for Athena, with usage of the large forests in several previous migrations. She roosted that night at Morgan-Monroe State Forest and roosted within interior forest. Harper flew 120 miles from Bernheim and roosted in Owen-Putnam State Forest, an area he frequently uses as he migrates across rugged forested land in Indiana that includes Hoosier National Forest.https://bernheim.org/golden-eagle-migration-update-athena-spotted-at-mackinack-straits/

My high school poetry book has the following poem marked and underlined. I believe it is one I had to commit to memory. Thankfully, it was only 6 lines! Thanks Mr. Gordon, my English teacher, for making me learn it, and many others!

The Eagle
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls. by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Prayer:
Loving God,
like the saints before me,
so today, I turn to your Holy Word.
Moses and friends were borne on
eagles’ wings as they journeyed in the wilderness.
So too, may we who feel exhausted and weary
renew our strength by trusting in You.
Might we mount up with wings like eagles,
run and not be weary,
walk and not faint.
May this be so for us today.
In You O Lord we trust.
In You we believe.
Help our unbelief.
Amen.

One thought on “On Eagles’ Wings

  1. There seems to be always a sense of peace when watching an eagle soar. We are fortunate to live in the Mississippi Flyway and to be able to see eagles along the rivers. I have sat for hours at a time, camera in hand waiting to capture the sight of one high in a tree, returning to its nest. But a wise person advised me to put away my camera and just watch, and the experience will be richer. I’ve come to believe that it is true. As a child, finding a feather or egg of any bird was nothing short of magical, and while my early childhood dream of one day finding the feather of an eagle never came true, I learned that it was, and is, illegal to possess one anyway. It’s pleasing to know that your KY eagles are being carefully watched and appreciated. Your prayer is beautiful and timely. Thank you.

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