The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Memory Of Her

Mother Eagle - Photo by Duane Noblick
 I feel so connected to this journey in my life and it is so hard to write about.
  I have been following the Eagle cam at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens since March 15th when the third egg hatched.
The webcam is pointed at the nest and there is also a moderated chat room.
Thousands from all over the world have watched, posted questions about the Eaglets and Eagles - some times as many as 16,500.
I checked this site daily in hopes of seeing them being fed or nurtured and have learned so much - it  became a passion and joy to follow along with these beautiful and precious lives.
There are two females and one male Eaglet and on April 21st we all watched as they were  taken from the nest to be banded, weighed, checked and were then returned to the nest
The parents flew overhead and watched and guarded.

On Tuesday morning the Mother Eagle was hunting and was struck by an airplane and killed ... it was one of the saddest days... for everyone
. These majestic Eagles touched my heart, and the hearts of a very large number of other kindred spirits, in a way I cannot explain.
My heartfelt thoughts go out to all the school children in classes everywhere who were using this cam to learn about Eagles ... and now they also have to learn how fragile life is for wild animals.
These majestic Eagles have owned the sky and to think that a man-made machine
was responsible is beyond belief.
The Eagles were the ones that had to become urbanized to exist to our environment.
This tragedy just seems so unnecessary. The father was hunting with her and barely escaped being hit also.  Isn't she majestic?

Photo by Duane Noblick
On Wednesday it was decided to remove the Eaglets from the nest.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries management and other professionals who oversee this nest said, "Without intervention, it is all but certain that one or more of these eaglets would not survive the next three months.
Pulling the birds and sending them to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, VA
gives them their best chance.
The birds are already old enough to know that they are eagles and to recognize their siblings. Maintaining them as a family unit and releasing them together when they are ready to go will certainly improve their survival potential.”

I watched as they were removed from the nest.... and was so saddened to see the empty nest.

Three Eaglets - Photo by Nathan Jones and Tim Nuckols
After two hours, while watching the empty nest and reading the comments, the male Eagle came back to the nest with a fish. It was the longest and saddest 24 minutes for everyone watching while he looked for her, looked for them and tried to figure out what to do. He ate a little of the fish and flew away. It was like going to the funeral of a beloved friend.  Maybe this did bring some closure by seeing him. We know he will be okay and will select another mate and hopefully bring her to this nest next year for us to follow.
(postscript:  He did come back with a new mate)

The educational quality of this Eagle cam and moderated chat were outstanding and the moderators devotion to the Eagles and to us was so evident.
The school children's questions were very insightful.
I loved this site and was so connected with this miracle and meaning of life.
Did you know that if you find an Eagle feather you cannot keep it as it is against the law?
You have to turn it in. I did not know this until I watched and learned. While there are other Eagle cams, this is the one I bonded with.
This Eagle family made such an impression and I will miss them so much. My heart is heavy - tears streaming - Judy C on another journey of her life


taylorsoutback said...

I just learned of this thankful for places like the Waynesboro facility. We have Marge Gibson who operates the Raptor Center outside of Antigo, Wisconsin, only about 20 miles or so from us. The good work she has done over the years is amazing - rescuing injured birds, rehabilitating, taking care of the and nature can coexsist - we owe our wildlife that much considering all the damage we have done to the planet.

sao said...

This is heartbreaking......

Gretchen said...

A heartbreaking story. I hope the eagles inspire all the children to appreciate, honor, and preserve our wildlife and wild lands.