On July 4, 2018, Bald Eagle #18-0752 was successfully released at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. A large crowd of more than 400 people joined President Ed Clark for the release. The bird was tossed into the air and flew to a nearby tree line, then out of sight.
Lauren Cruz, the wildlife biologist at the refuge who initially rescued the eagle, was able to attend the release, as was VDGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan.
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Prior to release, this eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter; the eagle will now be known as RR53 for tracking purposes. Check the Center’s Eagle Tracking page to see where the bird goes post-release!