Bald Eagle


The Aquarium was proud to obtain a juvenile bald eagle in 2014, adding to the breadth and diversity of animals in its care. This young eagle named Maverick was found in Wisconsin with a broken wing, and relocated to the Aquarium where it serves not only as a symbol of our nation, but as a conservation messenger to teach about habitat loss, wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species.

Maverick is about four years old, and his head plumage continues to lighten in color. Young bald eagles have brownish feathers, but their heads turn white around five years of age. They are true raptors, birds of prey who normally feed on fish—consequently they’re typically found around sounds, bays, lakes and rivers.

Bald eagles are majestic birds. Their numbers declined sharply in the U.S. through much of the twentieth century, but thankfully they were removed completely from the Endangered Species list in 2007. Their conservation story is one of success!

  • Maverick was found injured in Wisconsin, and was transferred to the Aquarium for long term care.

  • He is considered “non-releasable” because he will never be able to fly.

  • Aquarium staff are committed to Maverick’s long-term care, providing training and enrichment

  • Sponsorship will help fund Maverick’s care and feeding for ten years.

Sponsorship of this exhibit has a term of ten years. The sponsor will be recognized with appropriate signage at the exhibit for this term. Additionally, named recognition is provided on permanent displays at all three NC Aquariums.




Contact Us for Sponsorship Details