Liberty, Audubon Community Nature Center’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 after a series of recent health setbacks. Liberty arrived at Audubon in 2002 from the state of Washington, where a local woman discovered her with an injured wing. Liberty spent a year in rehabilitation at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, but they deemed her non-releasable due to the nature of her injury. She was at least 25 years old, but quite possibly older. In the wild, Bald Eagles live for 20 – 30 years, though they can live longer in captivity.
Liberty’s presence touched thousands of children, families, and adults over her two decades at the Nature Center. She brought a sense of wonder and awe to all those who came to admire her. She will be dearly missed by all.
Thom Armella, Liberty’s primary care taker, spent more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service carefully ensuring her well-being. A debt of gratitude is owed to Thom and to Dr. Bill Seleen who served as Liberty’s original veterinarian and who has provided his guidance as her health deteriorated.
Donations in memory of Liberty can be made to the Audubon Community Nature Center at: auduboncnc.org/donate/