Monday, April 10, 2006

Wilson Bridge Eagles Update

It seems that George has given up on the nest.

Yesterday, George no longer sat on the nest, although he fended off birds that flew near, said Stephanie R. Spears, an environmental specialist with the bridge construction project. Her theory is that a chick hatched but was done in by Saturday's chilly, wet weather and lack of food. The male could not leave the nest to find food because of the rain and potential predators, including the bird that attacked his mate.
Meanwhile, Martha is doing well and should be released soon. She has been flying in an outdoor cage, so it seems that she should be able to make a full recovery. There does seem to be some hesitation about where to release her.
The timing and location of Martha's release is up to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the nation's bald eagle population. Craig Koppie, a biologist with the agency, said that releasing Martha to her old territory, although standard procedure, "is asking for round No. 2. . . . I have the feeling nature is going to do what nature does, and the strongest will survive."