An adult bald eagle, informally called Norman, launched a new chapter of his life today at the swim beach of Lake Norman State Park.
Staff of the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville sent the rehabilitated Norman on his way as part of an announcement in its fundraising campaign to build a showplace education center. The eagle was found March 21 in a backyard of a Mooresville neighborhood seemingly unable to fly.
Norman appeared unruffled by the ceremony or the several dozen people who attended and kept smartphones clicking as he huffed aloft and soared over the lake.
The Carolina Raptor Center is in the midst of a campaign to raise $10.6 million for the education center and to renovate its medical facilities at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville. The center announced a $250,000 challenge grant from the Leon Levine Foundation.