Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles

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Amy Dagnall
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Norfolk Botanical Garden

Summary of 2008 Eagle Nesting Season at Norfolk Botanical Garden

Sept. 2007 - Eagles bring first sticks to new nest tree.
Dec. 13, 2007 - Camera moved and infrared light added to new nest tree.
January 2008 - New nest completed.
January 30 - Great horned owl visits nest at night-infrared allows views on Eagle Cam and photos to be taken.
February 1 - 1st egg laid.
February 4 - 2nd egg laid.
February 14 - Intruder female eagle disrupts incubation.
February 16 - Resident female eagle disappears – eggs not viable.
February 19 - Eggs removed from nest.
February 22 - Intruder female departs – NBG female returns unharmed.
March 16 - 1st egg of second clutch laid.
March 19 - 2nd egg of second clutch laid.
March 20 - Something agitates female - jumps up and break both eggs.
March 22 - 3rd egg of second clutch laid.
April 27 - The eaglet hatches.
May 17 - Growth noticed on eaglet’s beak.
May 22 - Eaglet removed from nest for examination and biopsy, then
transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for biopsy and MRI.
May 27 - Biopsy reveals growth is viral Avian Pox – antibiotics, antifungal and immune booster treatment started. Adult eagles at NBG visit the nest less, but still are seen at the Garden.
May 31 - Growing lesion makes it difficult for eaglet to eat. Interferon
treatment starts.
June 10 - Mass is shrinking – plans for surgery continue.
July 7 - Surgery is scheduled for July 12.
July 9 - Lesion dries up and falls off.
July 12 - Surgery removes damaged tissue on inside and outside of beak.
Upper beak tip cut back because of crooked growing pattern. A brace is wired to lower beak.
July 17 - Eaglet develops crop infection. Loose brace is removed.
July 26 - Eaglet eating solid food again. Beak will continue to be shaped
to produce straighter growth.
August 11 - Test results show eaglet is a boy!
September - Adult eagles at NBG continue to visit the old nest tree.
October 22 - Pox lesion did not permanently scar the growth plate of the beak. Eaglet continues to eat well, grow and received bi-weekly beak
trims. Eaglet is moved to a larger flight pen.
November - Adult eagles at NBG begin to rebuild old nest.

More information about the 2008 Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle nesting season can be found by clicking the links on this page or visiting the websites of:
●WVEC Channel 13 -
●Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries -
●Wildlife Center of Virginia -
● The Center for Conservation Biology -

For the animals shall not be measured by man ~ They are not our brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth ~ Henry Beston

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