A bald eagle, rehabilitated at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, has been released into the wild. (NIWRA screen cap)

A bald eagle, rehabilitated at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, has been released into the wild. (NIWRA screen cap)

WATCH: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre releases bald eagle into the wild

Annual event in Errington held virtually due to COVID-19

It was the moment the wildlife rehabilitation team at Vancouver Island’s North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre had been waiting for: A bald eagle they had rehabilitated at the centre was ready to be released back into the wild.

Unlike previous releases at the centre, located in Errington, on the central Island, just outside Parksville, the public couldn’t be invited due to COVID-19 protocols.

The event was just as celebratory, however, and a video of virtual release was created to share with the public.

The bald eagle was initially from the Parksville area and had been hit by a vehicle before it was brought to the centre to be nursed back to health.

The release went smoothly, and the bird quickly flew off, eagerly flapping its wings.

To learn more about the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, which is open to the public, visit niwra.org

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