Last Friday, a first-year male Merlin was returned to the wild by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey after a remarkable recovery at the Center’s Flight Barn. The young Merlin was transferred to the Center on September 26 with a dislocated shoulder along with other serious ailments. Audubon’s animal care “wizards” monitored and helped the young Merlin regain strength until its release on Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal was on hand to witness the inspiring release:
“The merlin immediately launched into flight soaring almost to the top of the 16-floor Hilton Daytona Beach Resort. Eventually, it circled over the Boardwalk’s Ferris wheel and disappeared from view, flying south.
‘That was awesome,’ said [Daytona Beach City Commissioner Edith] Shelley.'”
Thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers who make these kinds of special moments possible.