2 Boy Scout camp employees fired after trying to rescue an injured bald eagle


It was nearing 6 p.m. one Sunday a month ago when Jeremy and Eliana Bookbinder caught wind of a harmed falcon on a trekking trail not a long way from the camp where they were working.

The 20-year-old twins from Prince George's were at Camp Marriott, a Boy Scout camp in the Goshen Scout Reservation, around 20 miles from Lexington, Va.

A few climbers had told a camp staff part that they had found a harmed bird of prey, and the data had been passed along to the twins.

It was their day away from work, however Eliana Bookbinder, as the camp's environment territory executive, chose to go look at it. So she put on her uniform and inquired as to whether she could call the Wildlife Center of Virginia once she found the fledgling. She said he advised her he would need to check with the Goshen director.

So she took off on her inquiry — the first in a progression of steps that would end with both Bookbinders being let go from their employments at the camp.

Jeremy and Eliana Bookbinder at Camp Marriott, a Boy Scout camp in the Goshen Scout Reservation, around 20 miles from Lexington, Virginia.© Eliana Bookbinder Jeremy and Eliana Bookbinder at Camp Marriott, a Boy Scout camp in the Goshen Scout Reservation, around 20 miles from Lexington, Virginia.

It took a while, however she at last found the spot — a tree set apart with white medicinal bandage. Around 20 feet away was a harmed winged animal sitting on the ground.

"I could tell that it was extremely huge to be a bird of prey," Bookbinder said. She used to work at a nature focus and immediately perceived that the feathered creature was a bald eagle.

It was, "still and calm," she said, and it was "secured in flies."

Bookbinder called her manager, Matt Anderson, and let him know about the bird. She additionally messaged him a photograph of the winged animal. However, from the flip side of the line came a request: She was not to call the natural life restoration focus, nor was she to transport it to an untamed life veterinarian.

"I called attention to this was a gigantic infringement of the Scout law," Bookbinder said. "Part of the Scout law is to be mindful and to be benevolent, and this was not one or the other.

"I have never been angry to the point that I cried," she said. "By then I just thought alright, I'm simply going to do it in any case."

Then, she had been in contact with her sibling, who was back at the camp. She instructed him to assemble materials — towels, a splash jug, a vast Tupperware compartment — with the goal that they could catch the hawk and take it a recovery focus.

She likewise called the crisis night-time telephone number of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. She was informed that on the off chance that she could securely catch the bird, she ought to do as such and convey it to the inside, situated around 45 miles away.

Before long, her sibling touched base on the trail and the two cooperated to catch the flying creature. As they gradually crawled toward the falcon, it was clear it couldn't fold its wings or make alert calls. She got it from behind, wrapped it in towels, and precisely put it into the expansive plastic tub.

"It was truly scarily simple," she said.

They conveyed the tub to the auto, and Bookbinder sat in the back with it as her sibling drove.

At that point their manager called. As indicated by Eliana Bookbinder, Anderson let them know that since they had caught the hawk in the wake of being advised not to do as such, they may be terminated.

Bookbinder let him know it was justified, despite all the trouble.

"I couldn't in great heart forget this falcon here and have it get eaten by God realizes what," she said.

At the Wildlife Center, the two gave over the hawk and rounded out printed material, and staff at the inside began evaluating the winged animal's condition.

It was around 11 p.m. when the Bookbinders touched base back at camp. They were called to Anderson's office. As indicated by Eliana Bookbinder, Anderson censured them for having done a "repulsive" thing and said that their activities had "jeopardized the notoriety of the Boy Scouts."

He didn't indicate how, she said, in spite of the fact that they were informed that their activities had conceivably uncovered the Boy Scouts to a $200,000 fine.

The following morning, the Wildlife Center educated the Bookbinders that tragically the falcon must be euthanized.

"It was excessively beat up, making it impossible to be surgically fixable or releasable," Eliana Bookbinder said.

At around 10:30 a.m., the kin were assembled to a conference with Anderson, alongside the camp administrator, Mike Jolly, and the executive of Goshen Scout Reservation, Philip Barbash.

As indicated by Eliana Bookbinder, Jolly let them know that they had infringed upon government law — however he didn't determine which one — and that the amusement superintendent had needed to capture them for safeguarding the bird.

At that point, the Bookbinders said, Anderson let go them for ignoring orders.

Reached by The Washington Post for input, Barbash conceded to his main representative, Aaron Chusid.

"We have no remark as of now as it is our strategy not to remark on business matters," Chusid wrote in an email. "At Goshen Scout Reservation, our first need is dependably to advance the wellbeing and security of our campers while holding fast to Scouting's qualities as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law."

Anderson and Jolly did not react to rehashed demands for input.

It's vague what law the two may have broken. For a long time, bald eagles were secured under the Virginia Endangered Species Act, however they were expelled from the rundown in 2013 in view of the recuperation the species had made.

"I don't know which law [Jolly] was alluding to," said Al Bourgeois, the region scientist for Rockbridge County at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "Be that as it may, he may not realize that bald eagles are de-recorded [from the imperiled species list]. When they were imperiled, it was a genuine thing to get a hawk or other secured winged creature, and individuals could be fined for having them in their ownership. . . . The Boy Scout camp in the past has called [the department] to request that how we needed continue with harmed creatures on the off chance that they discovered one at the camp."

Middle class said Jolly reached him in regards to the harmed flying creature — particularly, requesting that Bourgeois recognize the creature. Common likewise said Jolly had reached the diversion superintendent to get some information about the harmed hawk.

"It seemed like everyone did what everyone ought to have done," Bourgeois said.

Inquired as to why he thought Jolly, according to the twins' record, as far as anyone knows gave the request to not contact the middle or to bring the bird there, Bourgeois said that he couldn't estimate and was not in a position to remark on Boy Scout approaches.

Middle class noted, in any case, that flying creatures do periodically crash-land. Jeff Cooper, a scholar at the office who spends significant time in bald eagles, concurred, noticing that it is basic for juvenile birds to crash-arrive and harm themselves.

"My impression is that that is the thing that happened," Cooper said.

Eliana Bookbinder, a lesser at Earlham College in Indiana, battles that not taking the harmed hawk to the Wildlife Center would have abused different areas of the Scout Oath and Law, including the directive, under the Boy Scout Outdoor Code, to be "thoughtful in the outside" and "preservation minded."

Considering the occurrence, both she and her sibling, a sophomore at the College of Southern Maryland, said the scene has demonstrated to them the significance of adhering to one's good and moral feelings — regardless of the fact that it implies getting terminated.

"I know the kind of good fiber I have now," she said.



© Eliana Bookbinder An injured Bald Eagle near Camp Marriott, a Boy Scout camp in the Goshen Scout Reservation, about 20 miles from Lexington, Virginia. Twins Jeremy and Eliana Bookbinder were let go from the scout camp for trying to save the eagle, that was…
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