Monday, July 22, 2024

Wildlife Center of Virginia to Release Bald Eagle in Yorktown Wednesday

A bald eagle. Photo by Ruben Zavala on Unsplash

YORKTOWN — The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be releasing an adult bald eagle that has been a patient at the center since early October Wednesday at the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown.

The eagle will be released at 1 p.m. by Wildlife Center of Virginia President Ed Clark, and is free and open to the public. 

This adult bald eagle was rescued after likely being hit by a vehicle in York County, the center said. Local permitted wildlife rehabilitators were able to capture the bird and provide stabilizing care before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day. In addition to physical wounds, the bird was found to be suffering from the effects of lead toxicosis. 

According to the American Eagle Foundation, over the past twenty-five years, lead toxicity — or lead poisoning — has been increasingly impacting bald eagles along with other bird species and wildlife. Even a small exposure, it said, can cause “devastating illness” in eagles. 

The Wildlife Center of Virginia said 2023 has been a record-breaking year for bald eagle admissions at the center. As of Dec. 26, 66 eagles have received veterinary and rehabilitative care at the Waynesboro-based wildlife hospital. More information on this record-breaking year, including where eagles are coming from and how they’ve been injured, can be found on its website.

Additional information about this particular eagle’s case history is also available on the center’s website.

The event will be held rain or shine.  Those planning to attend are asked to submit an RSVP form online. Visit the Wildlife Center’s Event Calendar page for more information on the release location and directions.

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