Baby EAGLES in Manhattan! Year Five begins...
On June 2nd 2006, four bald eagle chicks, approximately five weeks of age, arrived from The State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and were placed in their "hack box" nest in Inwood Hill Park in Northern Manhattan. Prior to arrival, the eaglets received their certificate of health from a veterinarian specializing in raptor medicine at the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota. Each eaglet was then outfitted with Federal and State leg bands for identification. In their hack boxes, the eaglets are enjoying a daily meal of fresh fish provided by Fairway Market. Under the watchful eyes of the Urban Park Rangers, these amazing birds of prey are learning to call Inwood home. Once they master the art of flying, they will join the other wild eagles in the area. You can see the eaglets 24/7 by viewing our web cam. Just click on the webcam icon on this page. Watch the eaglets as they develop from fuzzy nestlings into confident fledglings.
Be the first to know. Brag to your friends about this REALLY COOL website. Come visit Inwood Hill Park, and steer the eaglecam in person. (Great time to call your friends and family, tell them to get on the internet and pull up the webcam. You can take them on a 360 degree tour of the eagles and what they can see from their hack box in the treetops -- just by twisting the eaglecam joystick. Ask a Ranger on site for details). Come to Inwood and meet the Rangers running the Eagle Reintroduction program.
Thank you BP America for generously supporting the Urban Park Ranger Eagle Program!
Get to Know Your Eagle Vocabulary Words and Terms...
- a method adapted from the ancient art of falconry and used for releasing birds of prey into the wild. This method simulates their natural fledging; food is provided daily while the young raptors make incrementally longer and stronger flights eventually becoming independent.
- elevated enclosure used in the hack process as the site of feeding and shelter for the developing raptors. Inwood's hack box measures 16x16x16 feet and is 40 feet up in the trees.
- the brief stage of development in which young birds begin hopping among nearby branches but are not yet fully flighted
- the period when the birds begin incrementally longer flights leading up to full independence from their parents or in this case, their foster parents.
- Young raptors must learn to use their most important tools, their talons. So you may see them grabbing and playing with branches etc as they build dexterity and skill with their feet.
- once raptors are very confident in flight, they can dive or 'stoop' to make rapid descent from the sky.
- many raptors and other birds use rising and shifting air currents to travel the skies at a high vantage point for effective foraging.
- the rising columns of warm air soaring birds use to minimize flapping, thus helping them conserve energy.
- the tracking equipment used, attached as a backpack to the birds which allows us to monitor the health and safety of the young birds throughout the summer and the early years of their dispersal.
- State and Federal identification bands attached to the birds' legs.
- the daily self-grooming process by which all birds keep their feathers in order so that they can forage and fly skillfully.
- young eagles are especially opportunistic and will feed on almost whatever meat is available--even if it's already in another raptor's feet.
- Moment when the young birds scatter and decide to leave; and in the case of our bald eagles, that moment is usually in the first cooler days of September.
- the seasonal non-random movements of many animals to more favorable climates and feeding areas. Young eagles' movements are sometimes characterized as nomadic and aimless but they are at least loosely migratory and as the birds grow older they demonstrate a more predictable yearly pattern.
NOW YOU ARE AN EAGLE EXPERT!
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