In the middle of July, the team of educators and college mentors met at ALCOA to check our the bald eagle nest and camera that this project will focus around come January. I think this trip provided an invaluable experience to gain a sense of how big the nest actually is and all the other amazing details that come with having a bald eagle in your backyard.
Here are some observations from the team that attended along with some pictures to generate your interest
Larry(retired science teacher)
I hope that you can take a “little feedback” from all participants “that day”! What stands out from my visit (photo’s will support this), was the height of the nest, and size! It was not an extremely tall or wide nest (which can vary)! It was, however, quite a distance off the ground (guessing 60-100ft.! The eagles will tend to add to the nest yearly, if I’m not mistaken! It was tucked away in a “V-shaped cavity” of supporting limbs. What I also thought interesting was the “casting/debris ” below the tree! Anything from the remains of a box turtle, fish, feathers, etc. Thus, those “indicators” of eagle habits and habitat!
The nest, which was safely gated from the public, was much bigger than I expected it to be, even from our spot on the ground. But what really amazed me was how carefully crafted their nest was. I would almost like to see them build their nest. Not only is it their home, but it’s like a piece of artwork too! It was also pretty cool that the nest had depth to it, it dipped down in the middle creating what could closely resemble a basket. Down below the nest was an assortment of different things the eagles had been eating. Bald eagle’s are amazing birds, but they sure don’t know how to clean up after themselves! Positioned up by the nest was the camera. I wondered how the bald eagle’s felt about this little white box invading their space. They didn’t seem to mind it too much because it wasn’t destroyed yet!
Check out the link to some other pictures. (http://www.flickr.com//photos/coffeechug/sets/72157631100309138/show/)
As others chime in on what they learned I will post their thoughts as well. Don’t forget to check out the project page and consider joining.