Three Norfolk bald eaglets whose mom was killed by a jet in April will be released Wednesday during a ceremony that’s expected to draw a sizeable crowd.


The eaglets were one week old in this picture.

At the center, the eagles were placed in a nest inside a 200-foot eagle flight cage. They were taught to fly and allowed to interact with other eagles. During their recovery, the eagles became an Internet sensation via a webcam setup by the center. Interest in the webcam crashed the center’s Web site at one point.

The mother eagle was killed by a plane landing at Norfolk International Airport. The center said about 1,000 people have RSVP’d for today’s release, which is at 11 a.m.