Cheaha State Park recently gained a new addition to its wildlife family. Community members were invited to watch a rehabilitated bird get released back into the wild. A bald eagle was found at the Anniston-Calhoun Airport grounded and unable to fly in June of this year. The eagle was transported to Auburn’s Southeastern Raptor Center where they had discovered a injury to its shoulder, preventing the eagle from flying.
After more than four months of therapy, the bird was finally ready to be released back into in wild. Specialist Stephanie Kadletz shares the challenges faced while nursing the eagle back to care and why they chose to release it at Cheaha.
Christopher Dudley is a volunteer at the Raptor Center who has been volunteering for more than a year at the facility to help nurse raptors back to health. Dudley was given the opportunity to release the eagle back into the wild. Kadletz says Dudley is an amazing volunteer and the center is lucky to have him.
Park Superintendent Renee Raney says this experience was epic and a prophetic moment at the park and she appreciates the Raptor Center for making these magical moments in nature possible. Raney adds that more than 300 people came out to watch the release of the bald eagle and she is thrilled to continue use the park as a place for environmental education and outdoor recreation.