SUTTONS BAY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A bald eagle was released back into nature over the weekend in Leelanau County.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Suttons Bay High School parking lot to watch as Wings of Wonder released the rehabilitated bird Sunday.
The eagle was rescued and taken to Wings of Wonder in Empire after it was found with six to eight pounds of ice on its tail and unable to fly.
Chris Johnson, a Wings of Wonder volunteer who helped retrieve the eagle, said it was rewarding to see it released.
"So many of these raptors are injured by human-caused activities that anything we can do to help them survive is a bonus," said Johnson. "Then the birds getting people to come out like and have the opportunity to see an eagle up close and have it fly free I think you can't put a price tag on that."
According to Wings of Wonder, about five to six eagles are released each year.