This year the birds have weathered two intense storms within the first couple of weeks of incubation. They have been diligent, but the cold may have taken a toll. We simply don’t know.
I am sanguine that the embryos in the eggs are developing and that all is well. However, we should be prepared for the fact that the eggs may not hatch. Last year we were fortunate the birds successfully raised chicks. Eagles face many challenges as they defend territories, prepare nests, incubate eggs, and tend to their chicks.
Already, we have had a unique glimpse into the intimate lives of these birds. As we watch nature unfold in real time, we are seeing just how difficult eagles and other bird to raise chicks every year. This pair has been extraordinarily successful and they hopefully will be again.
On a technical note: we are working on the live stream today and it may not be accessible at all times. The ad that you are seeing is part of the work we are doing with a collaborator and will only be on the stream for a short period of time. It is apart of testing that we are doing today.
Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute