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Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles • View topic - April 21, 2011 - Eaglet Banding Transcript

Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles

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APRIL 21, 2011 EAGLE BANDING TRANSCRIPT

WVEC:
There will be a secondary video feed from ground level shortly, but it has not started yet. We will put the link to the feed into this blog when the feed is active.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Good morning and welcome to the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam. Today we will watch the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary band three eaglets at the nest in Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the bucket truck is moving in

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Many people are gathering

Congowings:
We ask that viewers limit their posts to questions which pertain directly to banding procedures. During the event only a few questions may be answered. Questions that are not answered during the event may be answered afterwards. Thank you for joining us –

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
banding will take place at this table

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The people involved today:

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Dr Bryan Watts, Director of Center for Conservation Biology at College of William & Mary

Libby Mojica, Wildlife Research Biologist, CCB

Reese Lukei, Jr, Research Associate, CCB, NBG Project Manager

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Stephen Living, Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Nuckols Tree Care Service will retrieve the eaglet and lower it to the ground. Tim Nuckols and Julian Finch will be climbing the tree.

We are especially proud of Julian. He is a product of our HELP program – a program for at risk youth. Afterwards, he graduated from our arborist training program and has been with Tim Nuckols now for almost 5 years.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The three of CCB representatives have combined over 80 years experience working with and banding raptors. Their lives have been dedicated to learning about and teaching others about their lives and how we can best live with them in our world. The health and safety of these birds is always their first concern

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Many have asked about sound - this cam does not have sound. The cam on the ground should have sound when we switch to that.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
We are being overwhelmed with questions. Please note that during the banding, few if any questions will be answered

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the truck is right under the tree and they are getting their gear in place

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
everyone calm at the nest

WVEC:
The secondary video feed is active. Click the link at the bottom of the chat window or refresh the Eagle Cam page

Congowings:
We ask that viewers limit their posts to questions which pertain directly to banding procedures. During the event only a few questions MAY be answered. Perry from NBG will be giving a narrative and many questions will be answered through the narrative. Questions that are not answered during the event may be answered afterwards. Thank you for joining us –

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
bucket is starting up

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
It is important for people to know that we are banding these urban located eagles so that in future years we will be able to identify those that make their own nests in other local neighborhoods. Urban population of eagles is small now but expected to grow in the years to come.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is in the bucket

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
As you can see at its maximum it does not even come close to the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They will now climb to the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
This is a slow process - safety is very important for the climbers

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The bucket truck only reaches about 60 feet high. The nest is between 80-90 feet up so they must climb another 20-30 feet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The cam is currently working.
Please see the WVEC page on troubleshooting viewing problems.
http://www.wvec.com/marketplace/microsi ... 14792.html
Ad blockers may affect the ability of the cam to load!

If you are still having trouble viewing the cam please follow these procedures:
press control-F5 if using Internet Explorer browser or control-refresh on the Firefox browser.
Then try to start the stream again.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Here comes Julian

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian helped place the cam in December

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The eaglets are looking the wrong way

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is almost there.

Congowings:
From people on the ground I understand the male has been soaring overhead.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They will now send up the a bag to lower the eaglets

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They will be banded on the ground

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They will lower the eaglets one at a time

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is working carefully around the nest to keep the birds calm

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
He has positioned the rope for pulling up the bag - a clear path down

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the bag is up

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian will now get the first eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
careful now

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
first eaglet in the bag

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
down goes the first one

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They will lower all three and then band them all at the same time

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Dr. Watts has the first eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
bag is going up for the 2nd eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the ground cam shows parents flying overhead

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The cam is currently working.
Ad blockers may affect the ability of the cam to load!

If you are still having trouble viewing the cam please follow these procedures:
press control-F5 if using Internet Explorer browser or control-refresh on the Firefox browser.
Then try to start the stream again.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
2nd chick getting ready for the trip

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is being very calm with them

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The second eaglet on the way down

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The second eaglet on the way down

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
videographer is from DGIF

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
The birds are not sedated during this process

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is getting the last eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
As you can see - the nest is strong and can hold Julian

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is a professional arborist - he does not climb with spikes, only rops and safety harness

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
last eaglet now on the ground

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the banding process will start - watch the secondary link

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
all three lined up on the ground

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Bryan watts in black sweater

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Libby Mojica in green tee shirt and Steve Living in green shirt as well

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Reese taking photos

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Steve living providing audio commentary

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
and holding ground cam

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
first band has unique code to id the eaglet

WVEC:
The narrator on the secondary video feed is Stephen Living, with the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

WVEC:
Stephen is a wildlife biologist who writes a blog about this eagle nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
second band is auxillary band purple color for Chesapeake bay region

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
First banded eaglet is NV

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
making measurements to determine gender

Congowings:
Both adults are seen soaring overhead at this time.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
feathers are coming in but still has down

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
blood sample being taken for the genetic library

WVEC:
The man holding the eaglets during banding is Dr. Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
they will now weigh the eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
5.75 lbs for first eaglet

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
band ID is NV

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
NV is a male

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Second eaglet to be measured

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Bands are issued by the USGS bird banding lab

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
This band is NX I believe

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
confirmed by Steve

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
NX is a female

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
birds of being banded in order of age - youngest first

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
if you have sound on ground cam you just heard a jet take off

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
measureing the length of the wing

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
will weigh the eaglet now

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Steve is describing the 3 different types of plumage - down and feathers

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
NX is 6 7/8 lbs

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
3100 grams

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
oldest being fitted now

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Bands help us learn more about the eaglets - where they travel and disperse and where they breed

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
last band is NZ

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
oldest chick

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
measuring the talon

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
measuring the tarsus

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
more advance feathering for this bird - it is older

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
going to weigh it now

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
NZ is a female

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
older chick = NZ = female
2nd chick = NY= female
3rd chick = NV = male

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
NZ is 7.5 lbs

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
3405 grams

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They are quite calm at this age

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
allowing the local visitors to take photos for a second

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
now back to the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is pulling the first chick up

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
here comes the bag to the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is about to take the eaglet out of the bag and

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
good job Julian

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
first eaglet back in the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
2nd chick on the way home

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
2nd chick out of the bag and back on the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Many people are concerned about the parents rejecting the eaglets - this is a myth and they will return with no concern

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
final chick on the way back to the nest after a brief photo op

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
ground cam is showing the crowd

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
last eaglet coming up to the nest

WVEC:
The secondary video feed has ended as they prepare to clear the area

WVEC:
Thanks to Stephen Living for narrating the events and to David Dickenson of theWVEC.com staff for setting up the secondary stream.

WVEC:
Thanks to Stephen Living for narrating the events and to David Dickenson of theWVEC.com staff for setting up the secondary stream.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
After getting the last eaglet in the nest, Julian will begin to clear out as soon as he can

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
One last photo of them in the nest

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
This is invaluable study information with minimal risk

Comment From KLW
Why arent the eaglets being hooded this year while being examined and photographed?

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
They were calm enough already - no need

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian has most of his gear cleared

Comment From Marcie
why do they go youngest to oldest and how do they know that that one is the oldest.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
I don't know why they chose the reverse order. The amount of feather development is one way to tell them apart in age.

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
Julian is on the way down

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
He has pulled is the rope from the nest area

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
you can see the silver id band

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
the purple band is on the right

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
they are quite calm

Norfolk Botanical Garden:
oldest is NZ, middle is NX and younest is NV.

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