Pets, Animals - Birds
Eagles4Kids is an online resource dedicated to bringing the world of Bald Eagles to life, from two streaming cameras focused on the nesting activities of a mated pair of Bald Eagles who nurture their young chicks until they are old enough to fly and be on their own, to providing useful resources to teachers to enable them to introduce Bald Eagles to the students in their classrooms, to engaging teachers and students in real time in a chat room devoted to their questions and observations, to offering a wide array of opportunities online for anyone to learn about America's national symbol.
Darrin Briggs, and the students of Blair – Taylor School District in Blair, Wisconsin, operate Eagles4kids.com. E4K is now in its 4th year of broadcasting, E4K is streaming two cams. A PTZ was added in season 3 to watch the beautiful fly in and outs. This season a new Axis fixed cam with built in IR was added so our viewers can watch at night.
Lucy, Then and Now
So much has happened in three quick seasons. So many emotions get tugged when you partake in watching eagle web cams. Eagles4kids with Lucy and Larry is no different.
In case you are not familiar with the “L” family, here is a synopsis. This is the fourth season of Eagles4kids. During season 1 all was looking normal until the female (Lucy) disappeared at egg laying time. Several days later a female showed up, but most are in agreement that it was NOT the original female. Even though there were similarities, the new Lucy seemed more mild mannered than the first. Thankfully Larry accepted her. Season 2 really confirmed we were watching a new female and her first clutch. Larry really taught her how to raise the eaglets and it was amazing to watch. Lucy would tear food off and Larry would get it from her and feed the eaglets. Larry and Lucy were successful at raising two fledging eagles: Luke and Lilly.
Season 3 everything changed. Everyone was eager to watch a successful season with the aide of another camera. A PTZ camera was purchased and installed near the old stationary camera. Little did we know how important this camera would prove to be.
November 16, 2012, Lucy appeared for the first time on camera. We knew something was wrong. An injury occurred with her foot or both feet, but we really couldn’t see well enough.
In January of 2013 the dead tissues of all the toes and a portion of the right foot fell off and Lucy was left with a knob which continued to heal. Her left foot even though it had all the toes and talons, was damaged as well. Later we learned the hallux (back toe) must have been broken.
As soon as we learned what Lucy was living with Eagles4kids sought the help of professionals. Keep in mind; though we had some visual of in the injury, the cameras were not streaming with the highest of quality which made determining a solution difficult.
Since the beginning of Eagle4kids, we have always had a partnership with The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota. Scott Mehus was contacted and later Marge Gibson from R.E.GI. in Antigo, Wisconsin. The conclusion was made that we would leave Lucy be and let her be an eagle to the end. Whatever that was. Nothing could be done for her injury, and by netting her most likely the result would be euthanasia.
The choice was not an easy one. Lots of people were consulted on this. Lots of emotions were strong. In the end, the right decision was made.
Lucy has taught us so much. So many people have commented on her disability and the strength it gives people with disabilities. This journey also teaches our youth that any living thing with a disability is special in its own way and should be given every opportunity possible. Lucy is teaching everyone about how animals in the wild can and do cope with injuries and survive.
Flash forward to March 9, 2013. The improbable happened. Approximately 2:23 P.M. Lucy laid an egg!
All eyes were on Larry and Lucy as they incubated that egg for the full incubation period. More days passed and eager eyes were looking for anything that looked like a pip (hole in the egg which is the first sign of hatching). During the night of April 20, 2013, the egg made a loud popping sound and disintegrated into pieces. Larry and Lucy’s efforts did not yield the eaglet they and everyone wanted. Again, we learned a vital lesson. Twenty-five percent of all eagle eggs laid each year do not hatch for one reason or another.
The world would continue to watch and be filled with wonder. We left the cameras on, but June 29th would be our last camera view until late summer. Where did she go and how did she manage? Those answers are not known.
Season 4 looks to be filled with unlimited potential for Lucy and Larry to raise an eaglet(s). Lucy will be the first female with a serious injury to raise young on camera if everything proceeds as we hope. Lucy has learned and fully adapted to her “NEW” normal. We should be excited with every visit. We cannot forget that Lucy may not be here if it were not for the best eagle mate in the land!
Viewers continue to wonder some of the same thoughts others have that maybe are not as connected to this nest as other nest or the situation regarding Lucy.
Can she perch? Yes.
Can she hunt for herself? YES
Eagles4kids will continue its educational venture with an online chat. here
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