Philadelphia Zoo-Hatched Eaglet Put Into Active Wild Nest... Again

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Philadelphia Zoo-Hatched Eaglet Put Into Active Wild Nest... Again

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second time in 13 years, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Philadelphia Zoo officials teamed up to foster a zoo-hatched eagle into a wild nest in the Commonwealth. This time the eaglet was placed in a wild nest already holding two eaglets near Doylestown, Bucks County.

The last time the two organizations worked together was on May 16, 1996, when a zoo-hatched eaglet was fostered into a wild nest holding two eaglets in a sycamore tree on Haldeman Island (State Game Land 290), at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, north of Harrisburg, Dauphin County.

"Fostering is a process that the Game Commission has used successfully in the recent past to place eaglets that were in trees in which their nest was situated was blown down," said Dr. John Morgan , Game Commission Southeast Region Wildlife Management Supervisor. "In fact, in August of 2007, we fostered an eaglet into a Berks County nest that was separated from its parents when its nest in Lancaster County blew down in a wind storm.

"The decision of where to foster this Zoo-hatched eaglet was based on being able to find a nest with no more than two eaglets of similar age and size. This is not always an easy task."

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