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 Post subject: Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens~2014-2015
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:03 am 
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Mike Mather from News Channel 3 did an outstanding investigation on wildlife safety at Norfolk International airport tonight! Please read the entire article and watch the entire video. We have been begging for this discussion for three years! Eagle On!!!



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 Post subject: Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens~2014-2015
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Thanks Priscilla! The airport's lack of action and following advice did no one, especially the birds, any good.

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:1val: Thanks Priscilla ...

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It had been mentioned on some facebook pages that Dad’s current mate had bands on her feet and that this might not be #3 or DT! We have said all along that we couldn't be sure who this female was. When the cam went off we lost all photographic records of #3 - we have no idea what she looks like now - there have been photos roaming around of "bands" but until we could be sure of who it might be, we felt we should not post about it.

His current mate and the mother of his egg(s) does have both a silver and a purple band and due to the dilgence and dedication of the wonderful photographer Mike Inman he was able to get a photo of her bands so she could be identified by the Center for Conservation Biology.

Dad's new mate is HE, his offspring from 2009, sister to HK out at Honey Bee Golf Course and Azalea who was followed by her transmitter for so many years!!! Now this is not uncommon for eagles to mate with sons/daughters. Cases have been documented and there are no problems with the eggs, chicks or with them fledging!

Now we haven’t brought attention to this because we wanted to be able to read the bands and know who the female was before any formal announcement was made. Just like we needed to know definitely that it was Dad’s nest last fall by identifying him through the dot in his eye (courtesy of Mike’s wonderful photo) even though we learned about the nest for the first time in July. Mike had been trying to get photos of the bands and so had I but either the bands were turned or the light was reflecting off of them or she scooted her feet behind some pine fronds or pinecones before photos could be taken.

In addition, and most importantly, we didn’t want to publicize the bands because the property owners had asked us not to because they knew there would be a line of photographers in the street trying to get that perfect photograph. Unfortunately word is out about where this nest is and we have always been about protecting the eagles and protecting the privacy of the property owners. But it is apparent to us now that others don’t have the same priorities.

Please join us in just rejoicing in the fact that Dad has a new mate and he has a nest and he has a family! That’s the most important thing – that’s what we have been fighting for. And we hope that #3/DT has found a mate that she is allowed to have a nest and eggs and chicks!!!! Dad appears to be so content in his new location. Eagle On!!! (A photo of the beautiful HE taken on January 29th by yours truly!)

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Thanks so much, Priscilla...I was wondering if/when they would make the official announcement!! Glad they went ahead...since the news was already out there!!

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From Eagleholic..and also a similar post on the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Alliance FB page:

    March 14, 2015

    Based on activity seen at the nest, it is strongly believed that Dad Norfolk and the Missus have at least one new eaglet! If you have followed the story of the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles, you will know why this is such amazing and wonderful news! If you are not familiar with the story, it is a saga that has played out in the past few years as the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles went from a beloved eaglecam family, to a situation where the cam was turned off, government tore down the eagle’s nests (9 times) and a group of people who loved the eagles and cam got together forming the Eagle On Alliance, and who sued the government for harassing the eagles. That Dad Norfolk and his current ‘Missus’ (who interestingly is also a relative) have found a new place to nest on private land, laid eggs and now have successfully hatched at least one eaglet is heartwarming and incredible! While they are no longer on cam, I’ve included a couple of links below if you are not familiar and would like to know more about the story.

    The Eagle On Alliance website: http://www.eagleonalliance.com/

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One very special beautiful eaglet stayed in one place long enough to get a fairly good video! Dad and tHE Missus must be so proud! Eagle On!!!

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thank you Pricilla :eggthumbup:

this was my favorite eagle nest to watch. I loved ma and Pa . I have their coasters and christmas decoratios.

They taught us all.
what happened at the gardens was appalling and I am so happy for the eagle alliance.The biologists, cam operators, tree climbers and followers Of NBG were the best. .

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Getting braver by the day! It won't be long!



Dad and tHE Missus' eaglet jumps out of the nest onto a branch.

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Went back out to the nest at dawn and saw tHE Missus and Wilson fly in for breakfast! YAY!
Went back around 10 a.m. and we found Wilson a few houses away being harassed by crows again! He flew from tree to tree trying to get away. He disappeared from view but we are sure he's just fine. We went back to the nest and tHE Missus was there waiting for him to come home! As always!



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 Post subject: Re: Norfolk Botanical Gardens~2014-2015
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Great article in the Virginia Beach supplement today! Sadly, it appears that some are posting this article and omitting any reference to EOA and also omitting the photo! Here it is in its entirety. Eagle On!


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I saw that and heard about the omissions. Such a shame. I am glad I got to read the complete article. The EOA team certainly deserves recognition for this success story.

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Whatever Happened To ... the eagle rescued from its nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

Miraculously, the signals still come - blips on computer maps that show NX survives and is still phoning home.
Article & picture here:

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This was such a great site/cam-still sad about the outcome.
9 times. taking down the nest...gosh! :gaaaaah:

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Sad news for the Norfolk eagle pair – the female has been killed :sorrow:
January 7, 2016 — bald eagle, Eagle, eagleholic, HE, nature, NBG

While not a cam nest these days, I know that many followed the saga of the Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles (which did have a cam for many years), with the original loss original Mom Norfolk due to a plane strike, then the repeated removal of the eagle’s nest in the Botanical Gardens in an effort to evict Dad Norfolk as he tried to rebuild and select a new mate. Happily Dad Norfolk did find a new mate and built a safe nest outside the garden, with a chick raised to fledge last year. Sadly we are hearing today that Dad Norfolk’s current mate (identified as HE – one of Dad Norfolk’s offspring from 2009) was killed yesterday. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBotanicalGardenEagleAlliance

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I just saw the fb post Gigi-so darn sad... :girlsad3:

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