HUNTERSVILLE – Carolina Raptor Center released a juvenile bald eagle on June 22 at McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium.

Officials had hoped to release the eagle, dubbed Explorer for its release site “and evident wanderlust,” during the June 17 Charlotte Symphony concert at the EnergyExplorium. But they had to delay at the last minute.
The eagle hatched this year in Orlando, Fla. The bird traveled up the East Coast of Florida in a few short weeks.

Officials at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Fla., banded Explorer in March when an Orange County Animal Control officer rescued the bird. Florida officials determined the bird just needed a little more time to build flight capabilities and released it April 21.

He wasted no time flying north but remained in the wild only two weeks before Randy Atkinson, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Rocky Mount, rescued him again.

Explorer is apparently flying very well now. View the bird’s electronic medical record online at Look for Patient 15138.  Watch a video of his release online at