Bald Eagle Chick Hatches

Adult eagles and their new chick i i

Adult eagles and their new chick (lower center) on Santa Cruz Island, California. The photo, a still from a video, was taken when the chick was about one day old. Institute for Wildlife Studies hide caption

itoggle caption Institute for Wildlife Studies
Adult eagles and their new chick

Adult eagles and their new chick (lower center) on Santa Cruz Island, California. The photo, a still from a video, was taken when the chick was about one day old.

Institute for Wildlife Studies

In an update on a report from last month, a bald-eagle egg found on Santa Cruz Island has hatched, and researchers are watching closely to see how it grows.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Now, for an update on a bird whose future is looking brighter.

Down the coast here in Southern California, scientists last month discovered a bald eagle egg on Santa Cruz Island. David Garcelon, who is head of the Institute of Wildlife Studies, was among those keeping a close eye on that egg, and last Wednesday a baby eagle popped its gray head out of the shell, the first to hatch in the wild there in over half a century.

DAVID GARCELON: I felt like a grandpa, as soon as I saw its little head bobbing around in there. I mean, my face was sore from smiling for so long, just watching the video of the adults tending to the chick. It was just an incredible event for me, because I've been waiting almost 30 years to see this happen.

MONTAGNE: Amid all the excitement, though, one worry: the mother and father didn't seem to know how to feed the chick. Then on Friday, a breakthrough.

GARCELON: We finally saw the male bring a fish into the nest. The female fed on it for awhile, and I think with the chick chirping away they finally decided that maybe the chick would like some too.

MONTAGNE: If all goes well, says David Garcelon, in three months this bald eagle baby will leave the nest, no longer a chick, weighing up to 12 pounds and with a wingspan of up to seven feet.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Related NPR Stories

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.