Thursday, May 17, 2012
Harmon the Bald Eagle Chick Wrap-Up
What did Harmon's story teach us? The Raptor Center works quickly with our partners at the state and federal levels to assist raptors when and where needed. While our dedicated staff applies its unique expertise to care for an eaglet in trouble, they are also always learning more about population issues. We never cease to be astonished at the power of these magnificent creatures to capture attention. And we are all deeply grateful for the financial support many of you provide that allows us to do this amazing work.
If Harmon makes it to his first birthday he has a fair chance to make it to 15-20 years. He won’t have his white head and tail and yellow beak and eyes until he is 5 years old. Eagles generally do not breed until they have their adult plumage. When Harmon reaches adulthood, he will hopefully find a mate and nest. Just like in the nest he is growing up in, bald eagles like large tall trees. Harmon’s nest is about 75’ high in a large cottonwood tree near water.
What can you do about the unnatural dangers to make it a safer place for Harmon and all of the other eagles fledging from nests this year?
Many things will help:
1) Donate time or money to organizations like The Raptor Center that provide care for raptors or protect habitat.
2) Use chemicals according to the instructions or not at all. Chemicals applied to our lawns and fields have a way of finding their way into our waterways and then into the fish that reside there.
3) Save and protect habitat. Bald eagles need large trees, preferably close to water for their nests. Become active at the township and city council level to make your feelings known about protecting natural areas.
4) Also make sure you vote and know what your representatives are voting on that impacts bald eagles and other wildlife.
5) Use alternative ammunition to lead for hunting. The main source of lead poisoning in bald eagles is the spent ammunition in gut piles from field dressed deer. At the very least, bury the gut piles so they are not accessible to eagles scavenging for food.
Posted by The Raptor Center at 8:21 AM