The Wildlife Center of Virginia is releasing a rescued Bald Eagle on Thursday at Claytor Lake State Park.
The eagle will be released at 11 a.m. It is free to watch, and anyone is welcome to go. The center asks people to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and meet at the Park Visitors Center in Dublin.
Found at a landfill, the young Bald Eagle was unresponsive and clutching its feet. Landfill workers rescued the bird.
The eagle was treated at an animal hospital in Blacksburg, and then taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center in Roanoke. From there, the eagle traveled to another clinic in Waynesboro.
Staff have been exercising the eagle and believe it is ready to be released.
It is estimated that the Bald Eagle population of North America numbered about half a million before European settlement. With the loss of habitat, hunting, and the effects of DDT and other pesticides, the U.S. eagle population plummeted. In 1977, there were fewer than 50 Bald Eagle nests in Virginia.
Today, the Bald Eagle population is on the rebound. There are now more than 1,000 active Bald Eagle nests in Virginia.
The Center is currently treating seven other Bald Eagles.
For more information on this Bald Eagle and other "patients," click here.