The original female has not been seen for almost three days now and the eggs have been unattended. The eggs are no longer viable at this point, but can still provide data to scientists. Researchers from the Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary will remove the eggs this afternoon. The eggs will provide valuable information in regards to many aspects of Bald Eagle's reproduction. While all involved with the project are disappointed with the outcome for this clutch, there will be a positive aspect - adding to our knowledge of these birds to ensure a long term recovery of the species.
Collection and/or possession of eggs, feathers or nests of birds is regulated by both the Federal Fish & Wildlife Service and the Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries and requires very specific permits.
The new female and resident male continue to be seen perching together at the Garden. We are still early enough in the breeding season tht a replacement clutch is entirely possible...we'll all keep our fingers crossed.