Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University to release bald eagle May 11

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will release a bald eagle back into the wild at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center on North College Street in Auburn. The event is open to the public.

Visitors should use the main entrance to the Fisheries Center, located across the street from Tivoli Subdivision, and park in the designated area. Raptor center volunteers will direct parking.

The adult bald eagle, found nearly a year ago in one of the Fisheries’ ponds, will be released near the location where it was found.

The bird, whose gender is unknown, underwent full diagnostic tests when it was brought to the Raptor Center. Tests revealed no signs of illness or major trauma, said Liz Crandall, a raptor rehabilitation specialist at the Raptor Center.

“We conducted a number of diagnostics to check out the eagle’s health and except for exhibiting suppressed or poor endurance, it checked out fine,” she said. “It’s very unusual for us to see a bird this healthy.”

The eagle recuperated, is now flying well on its own and will be released back into its native habitat.

A mission of the Southeastern Raptor Center is to rehabilitate injured, ill or orphaned birds of prey. Annually the center takes in between 200 and 275 birds of prey from across the Southeast and has treated and released thousands of birds back into the wild. The education unit has provided educational programs for thousands of schools, civic groups and churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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(Contributed by Janet McCoy.)

Contact: Liz Crandall, Raptor Rehabilitation Specialist, (334) 844-6347 (,
Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine (334) 844-3698 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (