Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rehabilitated Bald Eagle to be released Sat in MN

Harley, now a healthy Bald Eagle, will regain his freedom this Saturday at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, Minn. When he flies away at noon, he'll sport a satellite transmitter that will let University of Minnesota's The Raptor Center track his movements.

Six months ago, Harley arrived at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth via motorcycle. A motorcyclist found the injured raptor near Wascott, Wis.; wrapped the big bird in his leather jacket; and strapped him to the back of the motorcycle. From the zoo, the eagle went to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine on the St. Paul campus. Center staff diagnosed a fractured wing and lead poisoning, likely caused by eating prey shot with lead ammunition.

The public is invited to the free event, located at 12805 St. Croix Trail in Hastings -- on County Road 21 (St. Croix Trail) north of Highway 10. For more details, call The Raptor Center at 612-624-4745.

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