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Catalina Update; Thursday, April 7, 2011
Topic Started: Apr 7 2011, 10:15 AM (1,190 Views)
eaglegal
Eagle Guardian
Hello everyone,

Another set of proud parents has been added to the list this week. The West End eagles, Wray and K01 (a.k.a. Superman) are currently caring not for one, or two, but THREE little chicks!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wIt0A8Iwm8

The first chick hatched on Monday (a little later than expected), the second chick hatched on Tuesday (also a few days later than expected), and the third one, right on schedule, hatched today!

Here is a nice article about the WE nest earlier this week
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/tech/Bal...-119215684.html

I’m going to have to apology for the delay on this report but since Tuesday afternoon we have been speaking to the media over the phone, through the Internet and via e-mail. Somehow, the news about all the natural hatching on Catalina made news all over the place and they were eager to find more about it.
Here’s the piece that aired on Tuesday night.
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-see...-119356894.html

Because this has been such a success story, NBC reporter Conan Nolan, and NBC photographer Thomas Bravo, decided to pay us a visit yesterday for interviews and to film the now very famous Catalina eagles! We drove all over the island and talked for hours about the Bald Eagle Restoration Project, the island biodiversity, other on-going conservation projects, and the recent success of this year’s bald eagle-breeding season. I was hoping to drive to the west end so that I can record some video directly from the first transmission site to post on the update, but we unfortunately ran out of time. They did, however, learn and film more than enough for the piece they are working on. It should air this evening at 5pm Pacific Time on Channel 4 NBCnews!

I just wanted to tell you how exciting this is for all of us; to be lucky enough to witness every single moment, and observe how a pair of wild eagles care for three precious little chicks on one of the most remote areas on Catalina Island. I, for one, am very appreciative of this camera and I know all of you are too!
A video from this morning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIzNLHH0muI

Alrigh, moving on to the rest of the nests on the island.

The Two Harbors chick continues to grow right in front of our eyes. This will be one strong little eaglet because it has no siblings to compete with and has two great parents caring for it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJhEEGnvbMg

I have been checking the nests that are not on the web twice a week and here are some videos of the Rattlesnake chicks, who look so different from one day to the next.
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Now the Seal Rocks chicks, who are also growing by the minute!
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Here are a few photos of the chicks and later the adults caring for their offspring.
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eaglegal
Eagle Guardian
I’ve checked on the Pinnacle Rock nest but have not seen a sign of it being used again. I’ll keep checking on them weekly though.

The Middle Ranch nest is the next one on our list. Their first egg’s due date is tomorrow, so I’ll be keeping a close look at this nest and hope to see some signs of chick hatching activity.
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Here’s a video of the Twin Rocks nest. They still have their two eggs and the first one is due to hatch this weekend so I will hopefully have some great news for next week’s report as well.
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Monday, April 4th was the kick-off day for the 2011 Nest Adoption Challenge! To find out how you can get involved, participate and support the Institute’s effort to restore bald eagles to the Channel Islands, please visit us at www.iws.org and http://s11.zetaboards.com/IWS_Eagle_Forum/.../7393112/1/#new

I’m off to do more nest checks now. You all keep an eye on the TH and WE nests and enjoy the beautiful wonders of nature.
Until next week,
Steffani
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