A well-being check around 8 p.m. Thursday found a pair of eaglets dehydrated and they had lost weight, according to an email received by Leslie Riemenschneider, of Mooseheart in Batavia.
The brood's nest fell 85 feet to the ground in last weekend's severe storms. Rescuers from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington built a new nest and hoped to return the eaglets before the parents left the area.
However, the email indicated the parents have not been seen and given the physical state of the eaglets, they will not be returned to the nest.
The parents watched nervously Tuesday as rescuers built a new nest with the assistance of workers from The Care of Trees in Naperville, according to Dawn Keller, Flint Creek's founder. Part of the old nest, which was completely destroyed on impact, was placed in the new one in hopes it would bring a familiar feel and smell.
The eagles have nested at Mooseheart for the last three years, and have been a popular attraction for area bird watchers. Two eaglets have been born each of the last two years.
Efforts to reach Flint Creek Wildlife have been unsuccessful. We'll report additional updates as they are received.