Free bird

Photo/Aimee Whatley

Othello, the pictured eagle, was permanantly disabled by a broken wing. He is now a permanent resident at the St. Paul Raptor Center. The center released another bald eagle, Eos, Tuesday at Kellogg Mall Park in St. Paul. The sporadic rain kept attendance down to a few people, most of whom were representatives from the camera company Canon. Canon is a major sponsor of the Raptor Center.Eos has a transmitter attached to its back, which will make it possible to locate the bird via satellite, and allow raptor fans to track its migration patterns on the center’s Web site. Eos was found with lacerations on the head and chest in Little Falls, Minn., and subsequently rehabilitated. Though the tracking device weighs 90 grams, the eagle had no trouble returning to the air. “The Eagle took right off,” said Mary Beth Garrigan, the coordinator of public relations. “It veered over the river, toward Mounds Park, and disappeared over the horizon.”
The Raptor Center has conducted the tracking program since 1996.