The eagle has lofted


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Audubon Florida board member Ann Harwood-Nuss releases Charlie with instruction from Dianna Flynt, Audubon rehabilitation supervisor.

photo by Alex Edwards

The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey released its 500th bald eagle May 14, where it was originally found injured and tangled in a tree, at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Viera Wetlands. 

“Charlie” was rescued in February and sent to the Florida Wildlife Hospital with a dislocated shoulder. He was transferred to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland for rehabilitation. On release, the recovered patient immediately flapped his wings and soared above his home habitat to freedom.

“What an amazing experience to be the one to set Charlie free,” Audubon Florida board member Ann Harwood-Nuss said, “after all the time, effort, love and work by the team to make him whole.” 

Audubon Florida development director Cathy Rodgers, left, Katie Warner, executive director of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Audubon Florida board member Ann Harwood-Nuss, Dianna Flynt, Audubon rehabilitation supervisor, and Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida, celebrate Charlie’s return  to freedom.