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Mooseheart Eaglets Orphaned

Last night's well-being check on the eaglets found them dehydrated and the parents have not been seen around the new nest.

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.

Lynette June 04, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Common sense tells you to not take babies from its parents. I'm not sure why these "wildlife" experts don't observe nature and learn from it. I'd say the whole idea was a big fail and I hope someone has learned something from this. Nature has a way!
Connie Montana June 04, 2011 at 06:58 PM
I just saw one of the parents perched in "their" tree yesterday (Friday) June 3.....I'm so disappointed.
Kurt Wehrmeister June 06, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Lynette, having had a front-row seat for some of this activity last week, I have to respectfully disagree with your premise that humans took these babies from their parents. The severe thunderstorms of May 29 did that -- knocking the original nest more than 80 feet to the ground. Given that fact, unfortunately bald eagles simply do not, and indeed did not, drop to the ground to attend to and spend time with their young. So the folks from Flint Creek, together with The Care of Trees firm from West Chicago, and Mooseheart staff, tried to fashion a new, stronger nest and mount it as high as they could -- in a sturdier nearby tree, roughly 65 feet up. For whatever reason, the parents remained in the area -- but shunned the new nest, and left their babies to go without food or water. The folks from Flint Creek did what they felt they had to do, and I, for one, am glad that they did. You say that "Nature has a way" -- indeed it does. Often, nature's way is rather harsh. If it weren't for the careful attention of the human professionals involved here, the two eaglets would almost certainly now be dead of neglect. Given especially that these are our national symbol, and that bald eagles are far from common though no longer endangered, I would argue emphatically that the intervention was the right thing to do.

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