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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Doing Well and Growing Quickly

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!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

“Doing Well and Growing Quickly”

The chicks continue to become more mobile, moving around the nest and starting to explore the world around them. Last week they were strong enough to clamber out of the nest cup and get a look at the world around them over the rim of the nest (see the CCB blog).

Today the oldest of the chicks was able to briefly stand up on its feet. This is a sign of both improving balance and growing strength. Prior to this the nestlings have waddled on their tarsometatarsus (the leg bone above their foot). It will be some time yet before the eaglets will be able to balance on their feet for any length of time.

Tomorrow morning, beginning at approximately 9am EST, the Center for Conservation Biology will band these three eaglets. Banding provides important information about where these young birds will disperse to, where they might eventually breed and even how long they may live. All of this helps us make decisions regarding the management and conservation of these birds. You can follow the banding with the Eagle Cam, and more information will posted following the activities tomorrow.