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Release: April 3, 2001

Macbride Raptor Project to release bald eagle

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Macbride Raptor Project will return a 3-year-old bald eagle to the wild Saturday after recovering from a gunshot wound to its left wing.

Raptor Project Director Jodeane Cancilla will release the eagle at 3 p.m. April 7 at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, Bluestem Shelter, located off County Road F28, one mile north of Mehaffey Bridge Road.

Found Nov. 18 near Packard in Butler County, the eagle suffered injuries to the bones in its left wing. Cancilla gave the bird antibiotics and kept it in the Project's intensive care unit for eight weeks. After it healed further, the bird was placed inside the center's 100-foot flight cage to prepare it for release back to the wild.

The Macbride Raptor Project, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College helps rehabilitate sick and injured birds, conducts educational programs for the public, and does field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For further information, contact Cancilla at (319) 398-5495.