Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is releasing five rehabilitated eagles tomorrow from Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County. One of the birds was rescued in the Northern Neck. The center, in Waynesboro, for many years has been caring for, and releasing back into the wild, rescued eagles. Tomorrow’s release is getting a little more attention than most. Officials say more than 1,000 people could be there. Visitors are coming from 22 states and Canada. Jeff Cooper, an eagle biologist who works out of the Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries office in Fredericksburg, will be placing a transmitter on bird prior to its release. Data will be collected as part of eagle research the department has been conducting. That project initially began two years ago at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge . Three of the birds were removed from the nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden after their mother was killed by an airplane at Norfolk International Airport. One of them will be wearing the transmitter. The fourth eagle was found tangled in a net at the King and Queen County landfill. The remaining one was found in a field in Hampton.