Auburn University raptor center to release bald eagle Saturday in Savannah

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center will release a bald eagle back into the wild at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Savannah, Ga. The public is invited to view the release at 1412 Walthour Drive where the eagle was found injured in February.

“The person who owns the property where the eagle was discovered had been observing this bird and its mate for a while,” said Liz Crandall of the Auburn raptor center. “The mate is apparently still hanging around the property, so that is why we chose to release the bird back in Savannah.”

The adult male eagle had a fractured left wing and possible electric shock wounds on both feet. The wing and foot wounds healed well after receiving treatment and rehabilitation at Auburn, Crandall said. Surgery was not required to treat either injury.

“It may have flown into a power line or electric fence,” Crandall said.

Auburn’s Southeastern Raptor Center has a mission of rehabilitating injured, ill or orphaned raptors, educating the public, and researching new aspects of raptor medicine and conservation. Anyone wishing to report an injured, ill or orphaned raptor in the wild should call (334) 844-6347 or (334) 844-4690. More information about Saturday’s release is available by calling Crandall at (334) 321-7760.

(Written by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Liz Crandall, (334) 321-7760, (crandea@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

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