An eagle takes wing at NW Stream Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jeff Guidrey and Freedom
On Saturday, September 17, at 11 a.m., at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, a beautiful female bald eagle named Freedom will be flapping her wings and helping Sarvey Wildlife Center’s Jeff Guidrey teach kids and adults about eagle habits and habitat requirements.

In 2008, Freedom fell out of her nest in Edmonds as a fledgling and broke both of her wings.

In spite of long odds against it, Jeff was able to nurse her back to health and later, after he learned that he had cancer, Freedom helped inspire him to recover.

That relationship is chronicled in a new book called “An Eagle Named Freedom: My True Story of A Remarkable Friendship by Jeff ” (published by Harper Collins).

“We are excited to have Freedom bring her human (Guidrey) to the Northwest Stream Center,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch.  Jeff is a rock and rhythm-and-blues guitarist who has played with artists like Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys fame) and guitarist Roy Buchanan.  After many years of volunteering at the Sarvey Wildlife Center, he has also become an expert on eagles.  Murdoch says, “Freedom really enjoys an audience and moving her very large wings while Jeff talks for her about eagle wildlife requirements.”  Freedom is not camera shy!!

Murdoch adds, “This is a great show, so you should register early by calling (425) 316-8592.”  Tickets are $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for non-members; proceeds benefit Sarvey Wildlife Center and the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Streamkeeper Academy.  Jeff’s new book will be available at the show and he will stay to sign your copy.

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