A northern Illinois wildlife rehabilitation center is preparing to release two baby eagles into the wild after the pair survived an 85-foot fall from their nest.
The Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will hold a ceremony for the male birds at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. They will be released on the ground as viewers watch nearby.
The nine-pound eaglets have lived in a flight chamber near a surrogate eagle at the center's Barrington facility since June after a storm knocked them out of their nest. Volunteers built a new nest but the eaglets' parents had stopped feeding them.
The center is accepting donations to help with the $20,000 cost of helping the birds.
The release is scheduled for Nov. 12.