The three bald eagle nestlings at Norfolk Botanical Garden received identification bands today April 21, 2011 from Dr. Bryan Watts, Libby Mojica and Reese Lukei from The Center for Conservation Biology at The College of William and Mary. The event was broadcast live over the WVEC webcam. A second camera was provided by WVEC to give closeup views of the banding process. Stephen Living, Watchable Wildlife Biologist with the Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries, provided on line narrative explaining what was happening. Nuckols Tree Care volunteered their services and Julian carefully removed the three chicks from their nest one at a time, youngest first, and lowered them to the ground where Dr Watts removed them from the bag. Once all three were safely down, the eaglets were examined, measured, weighed and banded. The three chicks are healthy and developing as expected. They were then returned to their nest one at a time.
The three NBG eaglets are now identified as follows
Purple band NV – #0679-01293 – youngest chick – male – weighed 2633 grams = 5.81 lbs
Purple band NX – #0679-01294 – middle chick – female – weighed 3100 grams = 6.84 lbs
Purple band NZ – #0679-01295 – oldest chick – female – weighed 3405 grams = 7.52 lbs