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A New Nest for a Baby Bald Eagle

April 30th, 2019

Story by: Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research

Several weeks ago, a five-week-old bald eagle was found on the ground with its sibling after a severe storm, their nest destroyed, and the eaglets were transported to us for professional care. Other than being slightly dehydrated, one nestling was healthy.

Unfortunately, its sibling had sustained severe injuries and did not survive. Ideally, healthy nestlings like this one are returned to their parents, who are the best caretakers. But this nest was destroyed in the storm—what to do?

An extraordinary team of volunteers from Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, and staff from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife hatched a plan to join forces to build a new nest in a suitable tree close to the original location.

This was no small feat! The arduous task of nest building took hours to complete and required professional climbers. Once finished, the secure nest was ready and the eaglet was placed in it. The team retreated to a respectful distance, watching and waiting with bated breath to see if the parents would return to care for the eaglet that had been gone for two days. Would it work? Would they return? Watch the full story below.

Slide show courtesy of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research volunteer Marian Quinn

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5 Responses to “A New Nest for a Baby Bald Eagle”

  1. richard gauer says:

    You people are wonderful.. If I had know this old vet would have gladly helped with whatever I was able to do.

  2. Barb McKee says:

    Wow! Great job! What a wonderful and dedicated team effort on behalf of our eagles. I, too, would have gladly helped! I am also glad to see this story posted. It is just this sort of adventure tale that hopefully will inspire others to protect our wildlife and its habitat and to be alert for wildlife in distress!

  3. Lisa Kennedy says:

    This is such an incredible story and I’m in awe of the work you all did! What a dedicated team! Thank you for all that you do for our wonderful wildlife.

  4. Lisa Kennedy says:

    This is such an incredible story and I’m in awe of the work you all did! What a dedicated team! Thank you for all that you do for our wonderful wildlife. I agree with Barb. This fantastic post is sure to inspire all who read it.

  5. Rita morritt says:

    What a fantastic rescue story I would like to thank everyone involved you are all my heroes well done my American friends congrats from the UK

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