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The little eaglet (Harmon) was successfully rescued from the Minnesota Bound nest. Video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22353672 (actual rescue at about 14min into video). It seems Harmon was stuck way down into a hole, and seemed to have some equilibrium issues, so the decision was made by the expert to take him to the raptor center for some quick checking and rehab and then hopefully back to the nest. A big thanks to all who were involved in helping in a quick and successful rescue! Not only to the rescuers, but to Broadband Corp who kept us informed all the way! We’re pulling for you Harmon! (picture is rescuer in the nest, checking out Harmon’s condition)
Thank you to everyone involved in Harmon’s rescue. With the greatest of care, this was handled quickly and efficiently. We hope and pray all goes well for Harmon, Mom and Dad.
Thanks it was an amazing thing to experience!
In reference to Bruce: The Raptor Resource Project helps eaglet when they can. Not out of any personal gain or to get more viewers but for the love of raptors. I can’t understand that Bruce feels the way he does. I have been watching the Decorah eagles for two years now and I love these eagles they are so caring with their young and are just beautiful. Thank you Raptor Resource Project and all other for the chance to view the eagles and their young. Also thank you for you effort to save Harmon and I hope he gets better and can go back to his parents.
Hi Mary Ann, thanks for your comments. I also hope that Harmon is back with his parents very soon and will say that I have learned an amazing amount about the eagles since I have been watching the Bald Eagle Cams. My respect for the fragility of nature and love of eagles has grown tremendously
So why are these humans intruding on the animals’ lives? Why are they talking in the eaglet’s presence? Won’t their being there and speaking risk imprinting on the bird?
Where were the parent eagles? Why not let nature take its course?
He mentioned something about taking the bird for “its sake and the camera’s sake…” What the heck did that mean? He said he wanted to “give [the bird] a break from a highly attentive situation.” The eaglet has no idea he’s in a highly attentive situation!
That sounds like doing it to keep the viewers from getting their feelings hurt. We see enough discussions on the chat and social stream discussions accompanying these USTREAM feeds about these being wild animals and not to anthropomorphize their existence and, I would add, in this case, their natural struggle. Why not turn the camera off? Or leave it running and let people see nature naturally? What not let nature take care?
What kind of a message does this send to the schoolchildren watching what they think is “nature?” Is this nature or reality TV?
Maybe I’m missing something here, but this seems like a
bad move to me for a lot of reasons.
Hi Bruce, thank you for taking the time to comment! You bring up many ethical issues that are often hotly debated regarding these wildlife cams. In fact, it is my understanding that there was a very strong debate and concern over many of the issues you mention during the 24 hours that the eaglet was stuck. (although I didn’t learn of the whole problem until later in the evening, so didn’t witness the debate personally). I don’t have any good answers, and understand much of what both sides feel and debate over.
The one thing I can address directly, is your question about imprinting. I do know that the expert raptor centers will make every effort to make sure that no imprinting happens. Imprinting is when the young animal begins to depend on humans for food. The raptor centers often use blinds or gloves shaped like the parents to minimize any chance of this happening. The raptor centers that I know of, are dedicated to releasing the animals so that they can succeed in the wild, whenever possible. I have been told that imprinting is much more likely to happen when a well meaning but non expert person tries to help an animal by feeding and caring for it without understanding the issue of imprinting. In this particular case I know that they are dedicated to getting the eaglet back onto the nest as soon as possible. I can also say that the parents were there and attempted to assist their eaglet throughout the time it was stuck, and I am told were nearby during the rescue. Historically, with eagles, they are accepted quite well back into the nest in these situations, which may not be true for other animals. In fact, one of the ways that the eagle population has made it off the endangered species list, is that hatchlings were fostered and accepted into other nests regularly. Of course, this topic could send you off into the “what do we do (if anything) now that there are so many eagles, that they are interfacing in suburban and urban areas to find territory…but I won’t even attempt to go there. I understand and appreciate your concerns very much, it is a very difficult topic all around and one with many viewpoints.