WAYNESBORO (AP) -- Two bald eagles - one found in Surry Co. - are returning to the wild this week.

They were nursed back to health at the Wildllife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. The center says the eagle releases are planned for Wednesday and Thursday. The first will occur at Mason Neck in Fairfax County. This bird was found on the ground in Washington near Bolling Air Force Base in May. The thin and dehydrated eagle was treated by rehabilitation staff and is now deemed ready to fend for itself.

The Thursday release will occur at Berkeley Plantation on the James River below Richmond. This bird was rescued by a state fish and wildlife biologist at the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area in Surry County on May 9. The bird was treated for infection and has showed a steady recovery.

Both releases are free and open to the public. If you want to attend, RSVP to the Center at

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