The Southeastern Raptor Center, part of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, will release a bald eagle back into the wild on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. (EST), at John Tanner State Park near Carrollton, Ga. The public is invited to view the release.
The immature bald eagle is estimated to be between two and four years old. “It presented with emaciation, but was otherwise normal,” said Liz Crandall, a raptor rehabilitation specialist. The eagle came to the Raptor Center in May 2010 from Bowdon, Ga.
Lindsey Phillips, a Southeastern Raptor Center volunteer, will release the bald eagle. Phillips, who is completing her bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, is president of the Wildlife Society Student Chapter at Auburn University.
John Tanner State Park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road about six miles west of Carrollton off Ga. Hwy. 16.
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.