First Golden Eagle Released in 35 Years!
The young female golden eagle hatched last spring at Hawk Creek was successfully released into the wild on January 15, 2012 after attending “eagle college” at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri. This momentous event was the first golden eagle release in the renowned Sanctuary’s 35 year existence. The appropriately named, “Legacy”, was returned to the same Midwest skies her permanently injured mother once soared in decades before. The eagle’s much anticipated release in St. Louis was captured through TV coverage and can be viewed here.
Legacy entered the world as a joyous surprise on May 16, 2011. Her parents, the 40 year old female golden eagle, Cherokee, and her 20 year old mate named Canyon both sustained previous injuries in the wild before being taken in by Hawk Creek in 2003 and 1995 respectively. Due to their age and life in captivity, a successful hatching was never anticipated. These two adult eagles proved that hope, faith, and the will to persevere can make the unimaginable, a reality. Legacy’s arrival was truly a miracle.
The remarkable young Legacy astounded her fans once again by confidently soaring into the blue skies this week after completing months of preparation for life in the wild. Back in September 2011, Hawk Creek staff drove the feathered passenger to the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, Missouri for training. It was at this “eagle college’ that young Legacy built up the strength for flight and learned hunting skills crucial to her survival. The Sanctuary staff reported that Legacy spent her final week flying exuberantly, as if she sensed her coming release. And, although female eagles are typically 25% larger than their male counterparts, Legacy impressed everyone with her unusually immense size which proved too large for even the widest identification leg band.
Countless individuals touched by her story around the nation, now hope for her successful survival in the wild. Only time will now determine if Legacy’s lessons have equipped her for finding a wild golden eagle mate out west. Together, Legacy and her mate will help strengthen America’s declining golden eagle populations and begin a legacy of their own.
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center wishes to thank the World Bird Sanctuary for making Legacy’s release possible so that she may incite awareness of her kind while helping to replenish declining populations of America’s majestic golden eagle.
It’s not too late to become a part of Legacy’s incredible story! Although she is now flying free, her non-releasable parents, Cherokee and Canyon, continue to rely on Hawk Creek for care. Celebrate the flight of their Legacy and their everlasting bond by adopting Cherokee and Canyon for Valentine’s Day! This unique gift is perfect for the animal lover in your life and your adoption will help to support these majestic eagles throughout the year.
Adopt a Wild Valentine!
Find true love at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center! Feathered and furry wildlife in need want to become your Valentine this February. Buy the perfect gift and help save a life by adopting one of more than 80 resident animals at Hawk Creek like Canyon the handsome golden eagle, Laguna the gorgeous ocelot, Alfalfa the loveable but not huggable porcupine, and many more! Visit our store to adopt your Wild Valentine today and help support the nonprofit mission of Hawk Creek!
Because these animals cannot be returned to the wild, Hawk Creek provides a safe forever home. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Hawk Creek does not receive any federal or state funding and depends on private contributions to help cover the care and treatment expense for injured, orphaned, and non-releasable wildlife. Beautiful animals, from majestic bald eagles unable to fly to a playful three-legged river otter named Misu are waiting for you to show your love and support by adopting them today through Hawk Creek’s Animal Adoption program. If you already have a human Valentine, what better gift is there than sharing the wild with someone you love!
Be sure to visit our website for information on Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s 2012 public events, Walden Galleria Mall and McKinley Mall exhibits, and outreach educational programming and parties. Maybe your Wild Valentine will make an appearance!
An animal adoption is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the animal lover in your life because it is the gift that gives back. Over 95% of all proceeds directly help the nonprofit mission and animals of Hawk Creek. In addition to adoptions, visit our store and choose from gourmet chocolates by Choco-Logo made exclusively for Hawk Creek or jewelry from One Earth Elements! Each piece is handmade using semi-precious stones, fossils, and gems. There’s still time! Your Wild Valentine awaits!
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