Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bald Eagles on Catalina Island


WOW what a day it has been for WE!! Another two Bald Eagle nests, this time from Catalina Island off the coast of California, USA. Brought to us by our newest WEproducer: the Institute for Wildlife Studies , represented by Dr. Peter Sharpe. 


The Two Harbours nest


This nest is part of the Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project conducted by the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) and funded by theMontrose Settlements Restoration Program and generous donations from viewers like you. This pair began breeding near the town of Two Harbors on Catalina Island in 2003. The male (#81) was produced by captive eagles at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and was fostered into the West End nest (the other Bald Eagle nest from the IWS). The female (#82) hatched from an egg removed from the West End nest in 1998 and was fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest.



The West End nest


First established in 1991, this nest, called the West End nest, is rare in that there were three eagles (two females and a male) cooperatively breeding here from 1992 through 2006. The original male disappeared before the 2006 breeding season at the age of 25 years old. He was replaced by a 6-year-old male (#01) in 2006. The two females were hacked onto the island in 1986. One female K-69) disappeared at the beginning of the 2008 breeding season. The nest, located on a rock pinnacle at a remote location on Santa Catalina Island, California, has been monitored since 1991 by IWS biologists using closed-circuit camera systems.

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