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Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #32

Posted by theresa on July 19 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Stars and Stripes have begun the next chapter of their life. This past year the Hanover home has been filled with startling discoveries, not only for the youngsters, but also for their human fans.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #31

Posted by theresa on July 05 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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It’s official: both Stars and Stripes have taken their first flights from the nest, and just as we will be celebrating independence this week, so will these two eaglets as they begin to gain experience and comfort with their newly accessible surroundings. Even though we have not witnessed their first exploratory hops, jumps, and flaps, outside of the nest, both eaglets are likely experimenting with landings and take-offs by moving from branch to branch, stump to stump. Recently fledged bald eagles like Stars and Stripes will use their nest as a home base while taking short flights to and from, and will continue to beg for food from their parents until Liberty and Freedom cut them off.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #30

Posted by theresa on July 01 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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There can be no doubt that we all breathed a sigh of relief when Stars plopped back into the nest Sunday evening, not only alive and well, but with a prey item in tow! We will never know what occurred on Star’s walkabout (or fly-about), but his/her apparent health and vigor reminds us of the inherent resilience of bald eagles. We can also view the reappearance of Stars as an indicator that the Hanover eaglets are beginning an elaborate learning process in which trial and error play a strong role in teaching them “how to be an eagle.”

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #29

Posted by theresa on June 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This past Tuesday many of us were shocked to witness the fall of a Hanover eaglet from the nest. As confirmed by viewers who know the individuals well, the 12-week-oldeaglet referred to as Star was knocked out of the nest, likely by Liberty the mother. Upon review of the footage, the scramble for ownership over a fish seems to be at the center of the commotion resulting in Star’s exit. Educational coordinator for the eagle cam at the American Eagle Foundation in Tennessee shared that during her years of bald eagle observation, she has noticed that 12-week old eaglets are notably “grabby,” and become increasingly feisty towards parents at this age.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #28

Posted by theresa on June 17 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Flight is one of the most enviable gifts that exists within the animal kingdom, and although humans have done an impressive job at recreating the experience via our technological advances, nothing quite compares to the natural grace of a bird. To achieve aerial prowess, a young eagle must develop the anatomical necessities that make flight possible. Many groups of animals such as mammals exhibit a wide diversity of anatomical structure, yet the basics of the bird body are very similar across all flighted species. It turns out, there are only so many ways to achieve flight.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #27

Posted by theresa on June 07 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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At this stage, the visits by the adults are primarily prey deliveries. In an earlier blog, we discussed what bald eagles can eat, yet deciphering what the family is actually eating requires nest observations. Luckily, we have that option!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #26

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 31 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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One of the first things we often wonder when we observe nest cams is whether or not the nestlings are male or female. With mammals, this mystery is relatively easy to solve. With birds, it depends heavily on the species. Raptors can be especially challenging because they are less likely to offer external clues such as variation in plumage colors and pattern. For many raptors, we rely mostly on size.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #25

Posted by theresa on May 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Many of you are likely wondering when the Hanover eaglets will begin to show signs of wanting to leave the nest. While we can’t say for sure they ever truly want to leave the free food and good company of their home, bald eagles often fledge around 80 days after hatching. We are now at about 50 days since the first egg hatched.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #24

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 17 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Even though the larger firstborn chick could exhibit dominance over the second-born, the two siblings cohabitate quite peacefully. But do all raptors siblings get along this well?

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