People gathered Friday night to honor the Redding male bald eagle Patriot, who died May 10, 2013 in an aerial battle with another eagle.
The Friends of the Redding Eagles along with dozens of eagle fans came to show their support for Patriot. The memorial was held near the Sacramento River Trail by the “family tree.” A special American Indian dance was performed and people read stories and poetry honoring Patriot.
Terri Lhullier with Friends of the Redding Eagles says many people are still mourning the loss of the fallen eagle. Lhullier along with many Patriot fans say they will continue to follow Liberty, who was Patriots mate. Even though the eagle community is saddened by Patriot’s death, they think it is important to continue to document bald eagles in the Northstate. During the memorial, Liberty and another male eagle were spotted in a tree nearby.
The Friends of the Redding Eagles say they are going to request to have Patriot's body in Redding at the Turtle Bay Museum. They are still waiting for the results of his necropsy.