Today we have another full day of rain. It has done nothing but rain, rain, rain all weekend.
The first egg was laid on Feb. 7th. Today is March 10. We are day 32 of the incubation process.
Remember what we have learned: (stated from http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html)
The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female, but it is the female who spends most of her time on the nest. Trading places on the nest can be a tense time. The brooding parent may have to call for relief, or may be reluctant to leave and have to be pushed off the eggs or young. During incubation, the male bald eagle regularly brings green sprigs of conifer branches to the nest. Why he does this, no one knows, but it could be for deodorizing the nest or possibly providing shade for the eaglets.
During incubation, 98% of the time one parent remains on the nest; not only to keep the eggs warm but to protect them from squirrels, ravens, and gulls which will break open and eat the eggs. If the adults leave the nest unattended too long, it can be consequential for the eggs. Diverse weather conditions could impact the temperature of the eggs; leaving the eggs nonviable.
Keep your eyes glued to the nest from here on out. We are drawing close to the hatching of the eaglets if all goes well. Have your screens ready to be recorded, pictures ready, and day to celebrate not only our hard work with our projects, but life taking place in nature.
Stay active, stay involved, and let us end this project on a great note.
One week from Monday we broadcast our eagle showcase. It is going to rock!
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