The Wildlife Center of Virginia released a rehabilitated bald eagle Wednesday at Mason Neck State Park in The female eagle, born this year, was found on the ground in the District, near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in late May. The eaglet, the 929th patient treated at the Wildlife Center this year, was taught to fly in a “flight cage” before being released.
Aug. 1, 2012 Ed Clark of the Wildlife Center of Virginia holds a rehabilitated bald eagle before releasing it at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton. The female eagle could not fly and was suffering from dehydration and facial abrasions when found in May. Clark is the Wildlife Center’s president and co-founder. Mason Neck is used as a release site because it is prime eagle habitat and connects with the 2,200-acre Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo