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April 3, 2009

Too Interesting not to see !

I have been following and really enjoying the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botonical Garden. I first heard about this from my friend Carole and have visited these little Eaglets daily! ..This is a must see by everyone in the family..I know I am loving it...go take a look! LIVE CAM at Norfolk Botonical Garden

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“FRESH Fish” As told by the Norfolk botonical Garden Website.
On week has passed since the last of the three eaglets hatched. All three are growing quickly and are highly active. The youngest sometimes has a bit of a hard time during feedings, but the adults are providing plenty of food and all three chicks seem to be getting adequate food.

The male twice brought live prey to the nest this morning. First the male landed with a VERY much alive American Eel. The eel created much excitement at the nest as it escaped...at least temporarily. It was recaptured and brought back to the nest. later in the morning the male brought what appears to be a Hickory Shad to the nest. Again this prey was still very active and flopped around the nest. Although these eaglets are still to young to deal with prey themselves this exposure to live prey items is the first step in their development as hunters.

The bald eagle became our national symbol in 1782. As our national symbol, it holds a special place in the hearts of our citizens. Even though the bald eagle has been protected from direct harm by people since the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, its habitat was not protected. By the 1960’s the eagle population began to seriously decline until 1967, when it was placed on the U.S. Endangered Species List. A major cause of decline was DDT poisoning, a pesticide that caused the shells of the eggs to be thin and the embryos to develop improperly. The use of DDT in the United States was banned in 1972. The eagle was removed from the endangered species list on July 28, 2007.
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