Late on Tuesday evening I got a reminder about an eagle release in Leesburg on Wednesday morning. I had completely forgotten about this momentous event but was resolved to go before I went into work.
The next morning I sent an e-mail explaining where I was and drove to The National Conference Center, an odd place to release an eagle, surrounded in horrible new housing estates. But there were trees and a large grassy area where folks were already collecting when I arrived.
This eagle was found in Lovettsville by the side of a road on September 11th. The lady who discovered him called animal services who contacted Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce, VA. They went out immediately to pick him up and he was in hospital for a couple of weeks suffering from injuries likely received from a vehicle. He then had 3 weeks rehabilitation and exercise to get him flying well again. He's thought to be about 5 years old, Blue Ridge explained they could tell this from his markings as he still had some black on his head.
website here, Please like them on Facebook, here, to hear and see photos of their amazing rescue stories. They also put up a shopping list for Christmas so folks can contribute and purchase much needed items from their Amazon.registry
I slowly walked back to the car, elated to have witnessed this event, and started the drive to Emblemax. What a great way to start a work day!
The local news piece with a video is here.