Bald Eagle #22-0980 and Bald Eagle #22-1462 have been doing well during the past month; both eagles have improved their physical strength and stamina during daily exercise sessions, regularly completing 10-15 passes of the A3 flight pen with proper form, maneuvering, and perching ability. After determining that both of these juvenile eagles were ready for life in the wild, a blood draw was completed on August 8 for pre-release analysis. Results were within normal limits, and both birds were cleared for release in Spotsylvania County, where Bald Eagle #22-0980 was rescued earlier this summer.
Bald Eagle #22-1462 was originally rescued in Virginia Beach, a heavily-urbanized area that may not provide the best possible habitat for a young eagle post-release. After conferring with Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources biologists, the decision was made to release both individuals at Lake Anna State Park.
The double eagle release will take place on Friday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Lake Anna State Park, Virginia [6800 Lawyers Rd]. The release is open to the public; please let us know if you're coming by emailing RSVP@wildlifecenter.org. Please indicate the number of people in your party. Those attending the release should plan on parking near Ware Cove picnic area, shelter B.
The Wildlife Center is following all CDC Guidelines and recommendations with regard to SARS-CoV-2. Current data suggest the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in outdoor settings is minimal. In general, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised. Please be respectful and physically distance with those outside of your party.