A 45-minute educational program, followed by the release of a rehabilitated young bald eagle, was held Saturday, Feb. 15. Some 250 event-goers packed the second-floor children's storytelling area at the Milton Public Library where Dianne Moller, director and founder of Hoo's Woods Raptor Center, Milton, shared information and introduced five birds of prey, all of whom live at the center and serve as educational birds. Educational birds are those deemed unable to be released back into the wild. The center is licensed to care for 12 such birds, Moller said.
Following the presentation, Moller and her team drove to Tallgrass Restoration, LLC, Milton, where a young eagle who recently had been recuperating at the center, after presumably being hit by a car, was released back into the natural environment. Some 50 eagle enthusiasts, many with cameras in hand, were on site to watch the bird enter its new home.
Following are photos of the Hoo's Woods team getting ready for the day's events, the Milton library presentation and the release at Tallgrass Restoration.