It’s been a memorable nesting season for the California’s Channel Islands bald eagles and the scientists who care for them. Hopefully you’ve been following along on the eagle cam and have been able to watch natural history unfold.
In 2010, we saw Santa Rosa Island hatch its first eaglets since 1950. This year also marked the first time native-born birds have reproduced in decades. Our reintroduction project, which began in 2002, is starting to return big dividends.
The numbers are impressive. We had 13 nesting couples—a new record—throughout the islands. On Catalina Island, nine chicks hatched and fledged. On Santa Rosa Island, two chicks hatched and fledged.
And on Santa Cruz Island, where The Nature Conservancy is involved in a sweeping effort to restore a unique and vital ecosystem, four chicks hatched and fledged. You may already be acquainted with two of them, eaglets A-68 and A-69, through the eagle cam.