An American Bald Eagle to be released back into the wild
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Saturday, March 18th at noon at Riverfront Park/Harry E. Kelley Park
An American Bald Eagle that has been rehabilitated will be released back into the wild from the banks of the Arkansas River at noon on Saturday, March 18th following a ceremony at Riverfront Park/Harry E. Kelley Park in Fort Smith. This will be the first time in years that the center has released an eagle, a symbol of freedom and strength, from Fort Smith, Ark.
The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center in association with Thunder TV and the Steel Horse Rally Inc. are proud to present and American Bald Eagle release on Saturday, March 18th at Noon at Riverfront Park (Harry E. Kelley) on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. The event is sponsored in part by Health Max Center which is located at 12300 Hwy 71 South in Fort Smith. At the event, several Native American tribes will be represented and will perform ceremonial dances and a blessing of the bird before it is released. Tommy Young, director of the center holds degrees in Ornithology and Wildlife Medicine from Cornell University, will be at the event to help with the eagle’s release and answer questions about this magnificent bird of prey. The event is free to all who attend, however donations to the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center are encouraged. Other falconers and birds of prey experts will be attending for the event.
The Eagle was injured and was rescued by an Arkansas State Trooper and nursed back to health by the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, a non-profit organization located in Mena, Ark. The center has rehabilitated and released 36 bears, 10,000 hawks, 9,000 owls, 22,000 mammals, 36 Golden Eagles and 44 American Bald Eagles.
The Birds of Prey Show at the Steel Horse Rally presented by the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center has become a tradition at the Steel Horse Rally and will take place on at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th at the Pocket Park located in the 900 Block of Garrison Avenue. This educational and fun event is open to people of all ages and for a donation to the center, you can have your photo made with a bird of prey. For more information, visit www.arkansasnativeplantandwildlifecenter.org or e-mail info@TheSteelHorseRally.com