VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: The Banders

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!

Monday, April 27, 2009

“The Banders”

Our last blog post focused on the recipients of the bands (the eaglets). Here will briefly introduce those who actually did the the banding.

The biologists involved with this effort are with the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) at the College of William & Mary . DGIF and CCB are frequent partners in research and management of the Commonwealth's wildlife. Dr. Bryan Watts (Director of the CCB) and Libby Mojica (CCB staff biologist) measured and recorded the data regarding the eaglets. Libby attached the bands and Reese Lukei (CCB research associate) photo documented the events. DGIF wildlife biologist Stephen Living was present as an observer.

A check on the eaglets this morning show them to be doing well...continuing to practice walking on their feet and generally lazing in the morning sun. Note how quickly their juvenile plumage is growing...soon all three will be covered with brown feathers. The young still haven't gotten the hang of tearing their own food. They'll need to increase their foot dexterity to be able to hold prey down before they can begin to feed themselves.