LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Our neighbors at Magnolia Greens in Leland are celebrating their 20th anniversary this weekend. They marked the occasion with a special bald eagle release Saturday morning with the help of the Cape Fear Raptor Center.
The eagle, nicknamed “Salty,” came to the Raptor Center from the Outer Banks back in June. He was suffering from lead poisoning and could not fly or lift his head up.
The experts at the Raptor Center rehabilitated the bird. Medical director Joni Shimp says the eagle is expected to return to its home in Currituck County.
“The fact that we’ve had him for just a little over a month means that, most likely, no one else has taken up his spot in his territory and he’s got a female waiting for him. Most likely, he’ll go right back to where he came from and reclaim his territory. Hopefully, have more eaglets next year,” Shimp said.
Shimp says the Raptor Center conducts six to eight eagle releases each year.