On January 13, Wildlife Center President Ed Clark released Bald Eagle #21-0013 in Virginia Beach. Reese Lukei with the Center for Conservation Biology attended the release and was able to band the eagle prior to release with both a federal and state research band. The eagle is now sporting a purple "SB" band on one leg. Those involved with the eagle's rescue and transport also attended the release.
Ed reports that the release went well; the release site was within a mile of the contested nesting area. The eagle flew in the opposite direction at first, before looping around and flying back in the direction of the nest.
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