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Young Golden Eagle to Soar Wild and Free
Young Golden Eagle to Soar Wild and Free

East Aurora - Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s young golden eagle, Legacy, is well on her way to adulthood in the wild! Hatched on May 16, 2011 at the Center, she has grown from a tiny, helpless chick, into a gorgeous, healthy golden eagle. At the beginning of September, Hawk Creek staff drove 12 hours to take Legacy to the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, Missouri. The young feathered traveler handled the van ride beautifully, without a peep! She is now under the supervision of the Sanctuary's director, Walter Crawford - a long-time mentor of Hawk Creek's director, Loretta Jones. 

The young eagle is currently housed in a large enclosure where she will learn to fly more confidently with her massive seven foot wingspan. Once she has mastered the art of flight, she will be moved to an even larger flight enclosure with five juvenile bald eagles to learn essential social skills for interacting with other eagles in the wild. This November she will be released to meet-up with wild golden eagles which annually migrate past the Sanctuary in Missouri each autumn. Hawk Creek wishes to thank the World Bird Sanctuary and all of our supporters who have helped make Legacy's adventure successful. We will keep you posted on Legacy's progress as she prepares to help replenish our nation’s wild golden eagle population which has been declining in recent decades.

Legacy's adventure has followed nature's plan; she was raised by her parents and, at the age she would be leaving the nest in the wild, she was moved to Missouri (think of it like college!). When it is time for her to be on her own she will be released into the wild to continue learning from her peers as she migrates. Back at Hawk Creek, Legacy's non-releasable golden eagle parents - 40 year old Cherokee, and 20 year old Canyon - are adjusting well to her departure, taking a deserved break from raising a chick that is now as large as her parents! Although Cherokee and Canyon will never fly again due to injuries sustained in the wild, soon their Legacy will soar in the sky, magnificent, wild, and free!

To hear more about Legacy and other exciting wildlife news at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, like us at - facebook.com/hawkcreekwildlife, and subscribe to our FREE E-News at www.hawkcreek.org.

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. has been featured on Rachael Ray, Conan O’Brien, PBS, and was voted a Blue Planet Hero by National Geographic. Over 80 non-releasable animals from around the world call Hawk Creek home while hundreds more are rehabilitated at the Center each year. Founded in East Aurora in 1987, Hawk Creek is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wildlife education, rehabilitation, and conservation services to the community.

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