HUNTERSVILLE – After inviting local residents to vote online to name a rescued osprey, officials with Piedmont National Gas announced the winning name is Hemingway.

More than 500 people cast ballots on Facebook. Piedmont officials announced the winning name Saturday, Aug. 27, at a showcase for the bird’s new home, as part of Carolina Raptor Center’s annual appreciation event for friends, family and volunteers.

Piedmont Natural Gas earned the right to name the injured bird because of its financial and volunteer support of Carolina Raptor Center. The company played a key role in building the new osprey exhibit, the first time in more than 20 years that ospreys will be on display at the center.