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Celebrate Independence Day with the Release of a Rescued Bald Eagle

What better way is there to celebrate Independence Day than with a release of a rescued bald eagle on your National Wildlife Refuge.

The Wildlife Center of VA will be releasing an adult bald eagle on Wednesday, July 4 at 11am at the Wilna Pond at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This eagle was first found on the Rappahannock River Valley NWR on May 10 during the biologist's regular breeding bird count. The eagle was found with a swollen wing. She was then captured by refuge staff and brought to the Wild Bunch Rehabilitation Center where she was evaluated and scheduled to be transferred to the Wildlife Center of VA for further diagnosis and treatment. Since then, she has made a full recovery and is now healthy enough to be released back to her home on the Northern Neck.  For more information on her story, see www.wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/current-patients/bald-eagle-18-0752
 

This event is kid friendly and has bathrooms and facilities that are wheelchair accessible. After the event, feel free to fish or hike in the refuge! The Wilna Unit is open to the public everyday from sunrise to sunset.

  • What? Bald Eagle Release
  • Where? Rappahannock River Valley NWR at the Wilna Pond, 336 Wilna Road, Warsaw, VA 22572. Directions and GPS location below
  • When? July 4 at 11am 2018
  • RSVP?  Send your RSVP to rsvp@wildlifecenter.org

Directions:

Go to 38.017000, -76.890056 near 336 Wilna Rd, Warsaw, VA 22572 on google maps.

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From 360E (from Tappahannock):

Turn LEFT onto Newland Road (624), Turn LEFT on Strange Way Road, make a right on Sandy Road then make the LEFT at the big brown Refuge Sign: "Rappahannock River Valley NWR". Follow that gravel road until you reach the second intersection and make a LEFT, following signs towards Wilna Pond. Turn RIGHT at the next intersection and park by the Yellow house.

From 360W (From Kilmarnock):

Turn RIGHT onto Newland Road (624), Turn LEFT on Strange Way Road, make a right on Sandy Road then make the LEFT at the big brown Refuge Sign: "Rappahannock River Valley NWR". Follow that gravel road until you reach the second intersection and make a LEFT, following signs towards Wilna Pond. Turn RIGHT at the next intersection and park by the Yellow house.

From 3S (From Fredericksburg/Montross: 

Turn RIGHT onto Newland Road (627), Make a RIGHT on Sandy Road then make the RIGHT at the big brown Refuge Sign: "Rappahannock River Valley NWR". Follow that gravel road until you reach the second intersection and make a LEFT, following signs towards Wilna Pond. Turn RIGHT at the next intersection and park by the Yellow house.

To RSVP, email rsvp@wildlifecenter.org

For directions contact biologist, Lauren_cruz@fws.gov  for more information.