EAGLE SCOUT

When BroJoe e-mailed his recent photo of a Bald Eagle on the NC Outer Banks along with the squirrel shots, I found it  too dignified to be included with the furry tree rats.   It deserved its own space.

The Bald Eagle was identified as an endangered species about fifty years ago.  Conservation efforts were so successful that they were removed from the list in 2007.  This  1988 article in American Scientist explains the decline as well as the early years of the restoration efforts.

Are you familiar with the non-profit Raptor Resource Project and the live birdcams throughout the country which show these birds of prey nesting?  Some cameras are actually attached to the birds, giving the audience, quite literally,  a bird’s eye view.

Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, osprey, hawks, and owls. We create, improve, and directly maintain over 40 nests and nest sites, provide training in nest site creation and management, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the natural world. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists.  (The RRP mission statement, copied from its website.)

This Decorah (Iowa) eagle laid her first egg on February 17. It is expected to hatch around  March 25.

The site has information about the nest history and size as well as many other links and birdcams to explore.

North Carolina State University has an Eagle Cam on one of seven active nests on Jordan Lake, near Raleigh and Chapel Hill.   The website below provides information about North Carolina bald eagles in particular  and has a link to the Jordan Lake bird cam.

http://www.basic.ncsu.edu/eaglecam/

(Thanks to pal Sharon for providing the initial link to the Decorah Eagle project and yes, BroJoe was indeed an Eagle Scout.)

A lot of people have heard about the bald eagle, but you don’t really appreciate the majestic nature of a bald eagle until you actually get to view one.

Scott Root

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