Karen Salyer of KarenJPhotography was at Fallasburg Park in Lowell Saturday, Oct. 23, to photograph the release of a female juvenile bald eagle.
Susan Stamy of the Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center had been caring for the eagle since July and deemed it worthy to release back into the wild. The bird was found with four broken bones. The Rehabilitation Center was originally going to use the eagle as a demonstration bird to show school kids, but the bird showed such potential to be released that it was decided to work toward releasing it.
The release took place at Fallasburg Park because the river running through it would be a good food source for the eagle.
“It was pretty amazing to see,” said Salyer. “People were cheering and clapping when it flew away to freedom!” She said the eagle weighed about 10 pounds and was almost the size of an adult eagle.
There was a small ceremony that took place before the release. Stamy’s brother passed away in February, and a Native American was there to perform a ceremony to dedicate the release of the eagle to her brother.
Photos by KARENJPHOTOGRAPHY