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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Releases Injured Merlin

posted on October 24, 2011 in Birds in the News,Birds of Prey Ctr.

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.  

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