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Wildlife Center Releases Falcon in Hampton

Posted: 2:59 PM, Jun 06, 2012
Updated: 2012-06-06 14:59:04-04

The Wildlife Center of Virginia released a Peregrine Falcon in Hampton Wednesday.

The raptor was rescued from Virginia Beach in January with an open-wing fracture.

Ed Clark, President of the Wildlife Center, says veterinarians operated on the bird and then rehabbed it at the Waynesboro hospital.

The bird also went out with a husband & wife falconer team to help the bird re-adjust to flying.

It was released Wednesday morning at the Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton.

“It is a beautiful natural area here in the city of Hampton. Lots of wetlands, lots of habitat, lots of places for this bird to kind of reorient himself to the wild and then hopefully live a long and happy life,” Clark said.

The falcon was likely headed south from Canada when it was injured in Virginia Beach.

In addition to the falcon, a Golden Eagle was released Wednesday in Nelson County, and a Bald Eagle will be released in Warsaw on Thursday, marking the biggest release of raptors in the Wildlife Center’s 30-year history.