Alabama NewsCenter — Auburn University Retiring Bald Eagle Spirit From Pregame Flights This Fall

| August 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am

By Mike Jernigan
Auburn University

This fall on the Plains will mark a special time for a beloved member of the Auburn family as the university honors bald eagle Spirit upon her retirement from pregame flights.

When Spirit arrived at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center in the late 1990s, no one knew she would one day come to represent the Auburn spirit alongside the university’s official golden eagles known as War Eagles.

“Spirit has become a major part of Auburn tradition and is as fondly recognized by Auburn fans as Aurea, War Eagle VIII,” said Andrew Hopkins, assistant director of raptor training and education.

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