- Published on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:08
- Written by Super User
“Maverick” the bald eagle resides at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The bird received its name during a public voting garnering 1,067 votes and raising nearly $230 for Aquarium conservation efforts.
Kure Beach, NC – What’s as American as apple pie, fireworks and the stars and stripes? Maverick the bald eagle, now residing at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
In June, Aquarium guests and social media friends voted, democratically of course, to pick a name for their newest family member. Votes were cast for one of three names previously selected by Aquarium staff: Aquila (a constellation and eagle in Latin), Fisher and Maverick. A total of 1,067 votes were collected and more than $229 were raised for Aquarium conservation efforts.
“Eagles offer a powerful conservation story,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “We are honored to care for this beautiful animal and thrilled so many of our friends voted in the naming of this special ambassador.” Visitors have an opportunity to meet Maverick seven days a week, 363 days a year. Aquarium staff anticipates he will make an impression on guests and help them better understand the species’ survival story. Eagles were once nearly extinct in the United States but were saved by decades of conservation efforts.
The young eagle survived a roadside accident in Wisconsin. He arrived at the Aquarium early in 2014. The bird's left wing was damaged in the accident and left him unable to fly. He could not be returned to the wild with his disability. Permitting from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service allow the bird to remain in the care of the Aquarium. The young eagle sports dappled brown feathers and will likely mature into adult coloring of white head feathers and yellow beak within several years.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive from Wilmington south of Kure Beach, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $10.95 adults ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher