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Injured Bald Eagles to be Released by Rehab Group

Protected birds will go free again after more than a month of being nursed back to health.
EL PASO, AR - Two rehabilitated female bald eagles will be released at the Nat'l Fish Hatchery in Heber Springs on Saturday.

That's according to raptor rehabilitator Rodney Paul with Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas (RRCA) in White County.

The birds have been on the mend at RRCA since mid-February, according to the RRCA Facebook page.

One of the eagles had suffered a broken wing while the other had a double fracture to one leg.

The birds were first kept in crates to keep them from moving while their injuries healed. After that, they were moved into restricted flight pen for more rehab.

RRCA says it's uplifting for them to see the eagles doing so well after losing two last year to lead poisoning.

The goal of RRCA is to take in injured, sick or orphaned birds of prey, or raptors, such as bald/golden eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. Whenever possible, these birds are released back into the wild.

In 10 years of operation, RRCA has released close to 600 birds back into the wild. 

Part of RRCA's work also involves its raptor education program which cares for any non-releasable birds.

RRCA holds federal permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to perform rehabilitation activities and to also do education presentations. RRCA is a not for profit agency and is funded through donations.

Click here to visit the RRCA Facebook page.

Click here to watch a video about RRCA.
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