VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Upheaval at the Garden

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

“Upheaval at the Garden”

Events at the Norfolk Botanical Garden have become increasingly complicated over the last few days. What began as harrassment by an outside Eagle appears to have resulted in one of our resident pair being evicted by the interloper.

We are reviewing video footage and images to determine exactly who's who and what all has transpired. It is tempting to leap to conclusions but it's important to realize that no one view of the situation provides a complete picture. While the camera provides an excellent "eyewitness" of events it is a small window into a much larger territory. Norfolk Botanical Garden staff and biologists from DGIF and William & Mary Center for Conservation Biology were on hand at the Garden for a significant portion of the afternoon - assessing the situation and examining the birds from a distance. We will compare images from today with past images to try to detect differences in plumage, hopefully helping us I.D. the birds at the nest.

The eggs were left unattended for significant periods of time today - given the temperatures we are seriously concerned about the continued viability of these eggs. At the writing of this update (6:35pm Thurs.)an adult appears to be incubating the eggs. We will continue to monitor and assess. Once we are confident that we have reconstructed the chain of events accurately we will report our findings here.