Southeastern Raptor Center to Release Bald Eagle May 27 at West Point Lake

Photo of Bald Eagle
This rehabilitated bald eagle will be released back into the wild on Saturday, May 27, at West Point Lake near LaGrange, Ga.

The Southeastern Raptor Center, in conjunction with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will release an adult Bald Eagle Saturday, May 27, at West Point Lake near LaGrange, Ga.

The release will take place at noon EST near the Pyne Road Park boat ramp off Ga. 109 (Roanoke Road) just west of LaGrange. The release is open to the public.

Responding to a call from a citizen, wildlife technician Cody Langford of DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division found the injured eagle in a Troup County hayfield and took it to the Southeastern Raptor Center on Feb. 11, 2016. The bird had an open fracture of the left metacarpus (wing tip) as well as internal bleeding, said Dr. Seth Oster, an assistant clinical professor and avian veterinary expert at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and primary veterinarian for the SRC.

“We stabilized the patient and confirmed the fracture with radiographs.  We used a splint to repair the fracture and after six weeks moved the patient to one of our large flight aviaries,” Dr. Oster said.

“It took nearly one year to regain its flight ability to a level compatible with release to the wild.”

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A map to the release site can be found here:

About the Southeastern Raptor Center

The mission of the Southeastern Raptor Center is wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation. Since its inception in mid-1970s, the Southeastern Raptor Center has rehabilitated and released thousands of injured birds of prey and educated more than 1 million people about raptors and other wildlife. The Southeastern Raptor Center is a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

About the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division

As one of six divisions in the Department of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s fish and wildlife resources and outdoor heritage through science-driven research, management, regulation and education.

About the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine is the South’s oldest and nation’s seventh oldest veterinary medical program, celebrating 125 years. We prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics, and research. The college provides programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world.