Video Link: Eagle being released at Mackinac Bridge after sanctuary care

Posted at 9:48 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 14:37:55-04

Mighty Mac

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle that was cared for at a Michigan sanctuary is being released at the Mackinac Bridge.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is assisting in Tuesday’s release of the eagle named “Mighty Mac” with Wings of Wonder, a raptor sanctuary and rehabilitation center. Plans call for a release from either a bridge tower or anchor pier, depending on wind and other factors.

The eagle came into Wings of Wonder’s care in August, when founder and Director Rebecca Lessard received a call from a concerned person in Manistee County who spotted him sitting on a fence post at a horse ranch.

Lessard says the weakened eagle was in an intensive care clinic for 48 hours and may have been suffering from the effects of West Nile virus.

MDOT in Traverse City is planning to live stream the release on Periscope and Twitter.  Below is the link to their page and a previous test release.