A bald eagle soars to freedom after undergoing rehabilitation for six months at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. — Michael Briones photo

Eagle soars to freedom after rehabilitation at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Visitors brave elements to watch awe-inspiring release event

Rain wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of visitors who braved the element to watch an awe-inspiring event, the annual eagle release at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.

The event is held every year in conjunction with the ongoing Brant Wildlife Festival. People from as far as New Brunswick came out to watch a young eagle, which has undergone six months of rehabilitation, soar to freedom.

Patt Uren, a volunteer at the centre, was given the honour of handling and releasing the bird of prey. As soon as she put the eagle on the ground, it quickly flapped its wings and flew away amid the cheers of the appreciative crowd.

Prior to the release, special guest Bill Helin, a First Nation artist, held a drumming ceremony and sang a sendoff song for the eagle.

He gave recognition to the work the centre is doing in helping and caring for injured animals, helping them regain their health and then release them.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

Nanaimo Heritage Festival helps highlight the long weekend

Parade and family activities took place downtown today, May 19

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

Crews putting out one of the first wildfires of the season in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue, B.C. Wildfire Service called to Doumont Road fire

Nanaimo ferry stops to let bear swim past

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Say no to plastic straws

Straws make drinking frappuccinos easier, but they kill sea creatures, says letter writer

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

RDN looking into providing bus service 365 days a year

RDN transit committee to consider adding bus service on Christmas, New Year’s and Good Friday

Wheelchair basketball in Nanaimo accessible to all abilities

Harbour City Slam play day introduced newcomers to the sport

Speed limit lowered at Departure Bay Beach

Speed limit reduced to 40 km/h until the fall

District of Lantzville making changes around how it spends surplus money

Changes would ‘hamstring’ council’s ability to manage money, argues councillor

Nanaimo outdoor enthusiasts petitioning as military cracks down on trespassers

Canadian Forces announces it is enforcing the boundaries of its weapons range on Westwood Ridges

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read