BAEA 96 Released in Astoria
In early June 2016, the Cascades Raptor Center was asked by US Fish & Wildlife to care for an orphaned Bald Eagle nestling found in Washington. At only 4 weeks old when she arrived, BAEA 96 was one big healthy baby.
This is her baby picture at 4 weeks old. She was around 18 inches tall, close to10 pounds, and at the time of the baby picture, she was not yet standing - 'not off her hocks,' in the vernacular. She has grown dramatically since then and was 36" tall and over 12 pounds, with a wing span of seven feet!
During the exam prior to her release, staff all inhaled sharply when we got to see - up close, again - just how stunningly beautiful this bird is. She is feather perfect and a brick house, we feel confident that she is going to rock the wild world. Small(ish) animals of Western Oregon - BEWARE!
She was released on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Astoria, Oregon.
BAEA 96 was released next to the Twilight Eagle Sanctuary in Astoria, where she will thrive and have plenty of salmon and small(ish) wildlife to catch.
Below are photos of her release taken by local reporter Edward Stratton, The Daily Astorian and Larry Streicher, a member of the Cascades Raptor Center's volunteer team.
Cascades Raptor Center's Rehabilitation Director, Laurin Huse releasing BAEA 96
BAEA 96, like other female Bald Eagles, has an impressive wing span of 7 feet!