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Bald eagle release today

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will release a bald eagle on Friday, August 30 at 11 a.m. at Jamestown Beach Park. The release is free and open to the public. Individuals who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to the Center at lkegley@wildlifecenter.org.

The eagle will be released by Ed Clark, President and Co-Founder of the Wildlife Center.  Also participating in the release event will be Stephen Living, a wildlife biologist at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Ed Clark, of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, holds a bald eagle he's preparing to release.

Ed Clark, of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, holds a bald eagle he’s preparing to release.

This Bald Eagle was one of two hatched earlier this year at a nest on Jamestowne Island at Colonial National Historical Park. The eagles were blown from their nest during a storm; a re-nesting effort by VDGIF was not successful. The two eagles were admitted to the Center on June 14 and assigned Patient Numbers #13-1477 and #13-1478. While Eagle #13-1477 did not survive, #13-1478 has done well. The eagle has spent several weeks growing and maturing and perfecting its flight skills in the Center’s outdoor flight pens. A complete history is available on the Center’s website at: http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/current-patients/bald-eagle-13-1478

The eagle has been one of the featured patients on Critter Cam – the Center’s web-based live camera feed.

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