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Release: Immediate

Macbride Raptor Project to release immature bald eagle

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Macbride Raptor project will release a rehabilitated, immature bald eagle Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge in Wapello.

Found unable to fly Dec. 2 in Columbus Junction, the bird was suffering from a fractured wing due to a gunshot wound. The bird is estimated to be about one year old.

The Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few sites along the Mississippi River with a significant bald eagle habitat. According to Jodeanne Cancilla, project coordinator of the Macbride Raptor Project, the immature eagle is being released there in hopes that it will learn from and be sheltered by the birds around it. The wildlife refuge is located at the junction of Highways 61 and 99.

The Macbride Raptor Project is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. Founded in 1985, it is devoted to preserving Iowa's birds of prey and their natural habitats. The project achieves its goals through the rehabilitation of sick and injured birds, educational programs for the public and field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For more information about the rehabilitation of the eagle or the Macbride Raptor Project, contact Cancilla at 319-398-5495.