One bald eagle is flying high after its release back into the wild at Hitchcock Nature Center’s Eagle Migration Event held November 13.
The juvenile bald eagle was found by Kent Hodges and Dan Townsend while on flood patrol at Mosquito Creek. The two men called Raptor Recovery Nebraska after finding the injured bird. Raptor Recovery was able to rehabilitate the animal and set it free at the event with the help of Hodges and Townsend. “It was neat to see it fly away after seeing it so weak,” said Hodges of helping release the young eagle.
Along with the bald eagle, two red tailed hawks were released, one wild and one rehabilitated. The event brought out 120 visitors that helped spot 50 bald eagles migrating south that day. The event included live raptor demonstrations, activities for children, programs and refreshments.
The Hitchcock Nature Center located in Honey Creek is one of the top five HawkWatches in the world for viewing migrating bald eagles.
Erin Kenney, Pottawattamie County Conservation