OAK ISLAND, NC (LEE HINNANT / STATE PORT PILOT) — After years of caring for injured birds and wildlife, Mary Ellen Rogers is accustomed to helping unusual species, such as loons, razorbills, shearwaters and others found far at sea or far away. While their numbers are rebounding locally, the arrival of two American bald eagles recently was a watershed moment for Oak Island’s Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter.
Rogers and her team of volunteers routinely care for hawks, owls and kestrels—serious hunters that can inflict deep wounds and require strict attention. It’s common for staff to treat pelicans, whose six-foot wingspan and roughly three-foot height is remarkably similar to the size of bald eagles.
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