Adonis arrived at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in 1995. He was found near a remote village in Alaska and had been shot. His left wing required a full amputation as a result. Even though it is illegal to harm an eagle under the Bald Eagle Protection Act, an estimated 2,000 – 3,000 eagles are shot or injured in the United States each year. Since Adonis cannot fly, he has found a permanent home at AWCC.
Many eagles migrate south for the winter, but some remain in Alaska year round. Visiting eagles frequent the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to break from flying, or to hunting, near the Turnagain Arm.
A bald eagle gets its white head feathers when it becomes mature at the age of 4 or 5 years old.