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Post by caysa on Thu May 12, 2011 6:14 pm

WOW!!! That is fantastic!! You mean it is a wild bear??? affraid
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Post by ergee on Thu May 12, 2011 6:41 pm

Bisky, hello! That is very interesting, would be nice if they put
a real bearcam there...
Nice that you showed us the picture! Thanks!
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Post by AllyKass on Thu May 12, 2011 7:05 pm

and people are there every day,they have not seen bears there?
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Post by Bisky on Thu May 12, 2011 9:08 pm

AllyKass wrote:and people are there every day,they have not seen bears there?

This bear visited very early in the morning at daybreak -- the infrared light is still on for watching the eaglets through the night. None of the staff had yet arrived for work. I suspect that any bears in the area steer clear of the wildlife center when there are humans around.
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Post by Bisky on Mon May 23, 2011 10:16 pm

Around 6:00 this morning, the youngest eaglet accidently fell out of the nest. He is in the bottom right of the picture.



After he spent a little more than an hour of hanging out on the ground, one of the doctors retrieved him and put him back in the nest. Because he hasn’t branched yet like his two older sisters or ventured out of the nest at all [other than sitting on the edges] the staff felt that he would likely not figure out how to get back up to the nest on his own.



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Post by caysa on Mon May 23, 2011 10:27 pm

Awww life can be hard in the beginning!!
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Post by Bisky on Fri May 27, 2011 2:23 am

The group was exercising after dinner tonight. It will not be long before the wildlife center will have to open the flight area for them to really practice flying.

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Post by caysa on Fri May 27, 2011 5:32 am

I am so glad that they develope in a natural way - they will have a great life in front of them !!
Thanks, Bisky!!
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Post by Bisky on Tue May 31, 2011 9:30 pm



They get weighed every Tuesday -- or they are off for a picnic on a beautiful, sunny day! clown
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Post by caysa on Tue May 31, 2011 9:43 pm

lol!
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Post by Bisky on Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:03 am



Now we know. nod
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Post by Bisky on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:04 pm

The construction of two of the eaglets' new flight areas is being worked on today.



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Post by caysa on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:58 pm

They are really doing everything that they ever can for these eaglets - how wonderful!!
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Post by Bisky on Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:41 am

Yes, it is amazing what rock stars these littles ones have become world-wide. This is from an article in their local newspaper:

Some generous volunteers are helping give three bald eaglets more room to fly at The Wildlife Center Of Virginia.

The eaglets, which came to Waynesboro after their mother was killed in Norfolk, are learning to fly and that means they are outgrowing the nest they had been living in.

Thanks to generous donations from around the world and a local construction company, the eaglets are getting a newly renovated pen with plenty of space to stretch their wings.

Workers with the wildlife center say the gift will keep on giving long after the eagles are released.

"We see roughly 30 to 40 bald eagles a year and this is kind of the pen for them to finish their conditioning prior to release so this will be something that we can really use for years to come," says Director of Operations Amanda Nicholson.

The renovations are expected to be complete by early next week, and the eagles will live there until their release sometime in August.


Donated money, gifts, and mail have been flooding into the wildlife hospital since the eaglets arrived.

http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/05/special-delivery/
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/06/knitted-nests/
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/05/nbg-eaglet-mail/

Fans of the eaglets voted in a Facebook contest by a large bank to award funds to worthy charities and the wildlife center came in #3 of all the charities across the country! Their prize was a check for $200,000 (you all will have to do the conversions into your currency)! That will buy a lot of fish and rats for all the eagles in their care, as well as all the various mammals and snakes that are brought in for care.

Even the airline whose plane hit the mother made donations to both the wildlife hospital and the botanical gardens where the nest was probably because of all the publicity generated by the webcam watchers.

http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/06/air-wisconsin/

It is just unbelievable.
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Post by caysa on Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:15 am

Wow!! The best bit for me was actually the airline, that was a decent deed!

One would think that a couple of birds is just a couple of birds... but the fact that we can see them and follow them growing up, makes a huge differerence. People see where their money goes.
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Post by Knallfroesch on Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:53 am

http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/06/knitted-nests/

... the knitted nests are looking funny. Do you believe one bird `ll lay down its eggs there- voluntary Razz
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Post by caysa on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:01 am

Maybe!! At least the baby birds will accept it!
Why dont you try - place your old wool hat in a tree... and wait............................................. Laughing
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Post by robin on Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:06 pm

This is so cool, knitted nest, must try it too cheers
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Post by Bisky on Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:50 am

They're back! Well, at least 2 of them are back in their new flight pen.

Just before they were removed last Tuesday, the handlers noticed that one of the females was limping a little. X-rays were taken and they discovered that she had a minor bone chip on her left leg. It is suspected that she either had made a bad landing when she was practicing branching, or bumped it on one of the branches sticking out from the nest. She was taken to a smaller cage where she could rest and heal away from her siblings. No cast was needed, but she is on pain medication to keep her comfortable.

Another X-ray was taken yesterday, but they are not satisfied that it has healed enough to put her in the large flight pen yet. Hopefully, in a few more days she will join her brother and sister again.

Around noon, the two healthy eaglets were brought back to their new home. It is the same nest, but now things are wide open for them to practice flying with lots of new things to fly to and perch on.



They just sat in the nest for quite a while without moving around.



I had to leave for a while to get some groceries, and when I returned the female was still just sitting in the nest, but the male (the youngest of the three) was busy exploring.



One of the other eagle watchers posted a link to three videos of his adventures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/rhoda.gerig/NorfolkEagles?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGys5CX5t2KJg#5615574645219867474

And the Wildlife Center posted pictures of the finished flight pen:

http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/06/nbg-eaglets-tuesday-june7/

They even have new night vision lighting that is a big improvement over the old light. It is much brighter for us viewers, but the eaglets cannot see it.



They are now sleeping perched on the edge of the nest just like the adults do! Hopefully the female will venture out of the nest tomorrow. And I am headed to my nighttime nest.
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Post by caysa on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:23 am

Lucky little buggers!! If these eaglets don't make it in the wild, it is for sure not because of lack of effort from their human moms and dads!
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Post by Bisky on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:16 am

Brother and sister spent just about all day on the swinging perch at the end of the flight area. I do not think they have flown back to the nest to eat, but I may have missed it.

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Post by caysa on Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:34 am

And now they too are sleeping... as is the cam ...
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Post by Bisky on Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:29 pm

Yes, there is no night vision down at that end of the cage. It is really hard to see the eagles during the day when they are on the perch swing in front of that black netting -- at night it is totally impossible, so they shut down overnight to save bandwidth costs.
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Post by Bisky on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:27 pm

Four little fledglings all in a row:



The oldest female sibling has returned today to join her brother and sister in the new flight cage with her healed leg.

In the meantime, there was a female eaglet found on the ground a few days ago with no apparent parents or nest in the vicinity. The Wildlife Center kept her for a few days of tests and extra nourishment, but she was healthy except for a few tail feathers that fell out. They thought she could still be released, but she did not want to fly away -- so they thought that she might enjoy being with other eaglets of the same age and they could all be released together. So far today, they are all getting along well. (However, the staff has not flung in any rats for dinner yet. We will then see if they all eat politely together.)
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Post by caysa on Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:43 am

How lovely!! One more eagle saved!!! The Wildlife Center seems to be a wonderful place
And the people working ther have their hearts in the right place
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Post by Bisky on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:32 pm

Happily for the eaglets, but sadly for all the cam viewers, the three are going to be released to their new life of freedom next Wednesday, the 27th. So far there are over 800 cam watchers from all across the U.S. requesting to be at the release site to watch them fly free. There will even be live local tv coverage and streaming video on the internet for those of us that are not travelling to Virginia to watch in person! These little guys have achieved rock star status.



The official time of the release is at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (18:00 Estonian Time). I will post more information next week if any of you are interested in watching. (This picture was posted on Facebook by a talented eagle fan)
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Post by ergee on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:24 pm

That is very kind of you, it must be strong young birds..they had
enough food and safe surroundings!
Let's hope they live long and healthy many years!
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Post by AllyKass on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52 pm

happy life to young eaglets! cheers
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Post by Bisky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:12 pm

Well, I am finally getting around to telling you all about the release of the eaglets on Wednesday. I think that this YouTube link is the best quick version of the releases:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qcYBrPLzEw

The part at the end about an encore refers to the fact that the second eaglet released, NX, got overly worked up about being handled and was biting everyone and everything that she could reach. Adding the extreme heat of the day, she was too hot and tired to maintain enough altitude to successfully reach a tree.

She is not one bit happy before release.



You can see that she is trying hard (she was also the one chosen for a transmitter).



But she tumbled through the trees into a grassy area. The staff put her into the cool van and let her rest for about an hour, and tried to release her again, but she still was struggling, so they took her back "home" to the wildlife center to get a good rest away from all the excitement.



She is back in the flight pen at the wildlife center keeping another young eagle company and was perfectly fine by the next morning--just too much excitement! She will be released without all the fanfare in another day or two.

Here is another link to the tv news coverage of that day. There are videos at both the beginning and the end if anyone wants to see more:

http://www.wvec.com/my-city/norfolk/Big--126197853.html?mb
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:36 pm

Wow, thanks!! It is good to know that the eaglets are ok and could be returned to the wild. What an amazing job these people do
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