On a high mountaintop near Hinton, Ron and Wendy Perrone rescue sick and injured raptor birds at their nonprofit Three Rivers Avian Center. Here, Ron Perrone holds Aura, a golden eagle (named for the Au chemical symbol for gold). The majestic bird was found near death from lead poisoning, but slowly recovered during months of care. She is to be freed soon, after a tracking transmitter is installed.
Wendy Perrone stands eyeball-to-eyeball with a bald eagle that never can be released, because it has a mangled wing.