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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, January 07 2018 @ 06:24 PM EST (Read 205 times)  
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Welcome

Welcome to the West End 2018 Nesting Season wave

West End Family History

Meet the Resident Pair Superman K01 and Thunder K91 Wub
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Link to the IWS All Eagle Cams Page
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West End History Red Heart

The Original Resident Pair was actually a trio; three adult eagles working together
Wray, Dianna and Shenandoah - 18 Years - 1991 to 2008

This nest was established in 1991 and it was a bit unusual as the resident pair was actually a trio of three adults; two females Wray, Dianna and a male Shenandoah.
In 1986 the Wray and Dianna K-69 were both brought to the Island as chicks from British Columbia, Canada and were released together from the Sweetwater Hacktower
on Catalina Island. The original male Shenandoah K-77 went missing in the spring of 2006 at 25 years of age. In 2006 Superman K01 became the new resident male.
In 2008 Dianna K69 disappeared and has not been seen since. According to Dr. Sharpe of IWS, Wray and the original male were a pair for a year before
Dianna joined them, so Dianna was the junior member of the trio. This amazing trio raised many chicks over the course of their 18 years together.

Identifiers
Dianna K69 - Hatched 1986 in BC brought to Catalina as a chick; Orange wing bling on each wing.
Wray - Hatched 1986 in BC brought to Catalina as a chick; No blings; has a silver leg band
Superman K01 - Hatched 2000 at a San Francisco Zoo; fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest; Orange wing bling on each wing; only visible when his wings are fully spanned as the blings are tucked inside and under the wings. Superman has a silver band on his left leg and an orange band on his right leg.

In 2007 three of the five eggs removed for incubation in 2007 hatched, and the trio successfully raised female K72 ("Earth" ) and males K73 ("Wind" ) and K74 ("Fire" ). One of two eggs removed for incubation in 2008 hatched (though it was out of position for hatching and needed assistance to break out of its shell), and Wray surprised everyone by laying a third egg after the initial two were removed - which actually hatched naturally, although Dr. Sharpe put the chances of an egg from that pair surviving to hatch at less than 5% because of the contamination in the area. Both the incubator chick K65 "Miracle" and the naturally-hatched K67 "Surprise" are female.


Wray & Superman - Family History - 2006 to 2013[ Wub

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1986 - Wray was born in British Columbia then taken to the Channel Islands & released from the Sweetwater Hacktower on Catalina Island. Resident female since 1991
2000 - Superman was born at the San Francisco Zoo then fostered into the Pinnacle Rock Nest; Replaced the resident male who disappeared in 2006

2007-Three fostered chicks - K72 (F) Earth; K73 (M) Wind; K74 (M) Fire; all three fledged successfully.
2008 - Two chicks - K-65 (F) Miracle (Westie); K-67 (F) Surprise both fledged successfully.
2008 - Note: Two eagles now have the same bling ~~ K65 Westie & K-65 (M) PR Nest-Class of 1986
2009- Two chicks - K98 Faith and K97 Joy - both female; both fledged successfully. K98 Deceased
2010- Two chicks - K08 Dakota and K07 Aquila; both fledged successfully. Deceased: K07 & K08 only K07's body recovered.
2011- Three chicks - K-12 (F) Aahana; K-13 (M) Alerio & K-14 (M) Prince Harry; all three fledged successfully. Deceased K14
2012- Three chicks - K-27 Athena (F) & K-24 - Megwich (M) & 5Z Ge-nii (F) - nicknamed Me2; all three fledged successfully; Deceased K24 & K27
2012 - Note Me2 was too small to get wing blings so she was banded with two bands like Superman; one silver band/left leg and one orange band/right leg
2013-Three Chicks - K27 (M) Newton; K28 (F) Bella; K29 (F) Marthe; all three fledged. Deceased K29 Marthe
2013 - In the fall Wray goes missing; presumed deceased from old age; she was 27 years old when she went missing.

Background on Wray & Superman

Wray Goes Missing-Fall of 2013 - New Female(s) at West End

After the 2013 nesting season Wray appeared to be sporting an foot or leg injury as she was limping and favoring one side. I think the last time I saw Wray
in the nest was August 17 2013 although Dr. Sharpe reported seeing and observing her on October 1, 2014, from the bait station. Dr. Sharpe had set up
the bait station so that he could observe Wray and possibly trap her so that he could examine the nature and extent of her injury. Wray never did visit the
bait station in fact she disappeared during this same time period.

On October 22 2013 a young female K-87 started visiting with Superman at the West End nest. Over the next five months it looked like K-87 was going to
be the new resident female at West End then on April 5, 2014 K-87 was displaced by her sister K-91. Since then K-91 has been the steady female at the West End nest.
Unfortunately, all the change at the West End nest resulted in a lost breeding season; there were no eggs were laid in 2014!

Hard to say good bye to Lady Wray who had tremendous presence; a great teacher to her kids a wonderful mate to Superman and for many of us observing her we learned so much about bald eagles ... miss her so! Wray was a protective, warm and loving mother to all her babies and always a fun loving partner to her Superman. We loved Wray's wit and charm in the nest ... miss her so much sad

Lady Wray ... May You Always Soar High & Forever Free ... RIP Wray ... Forever Loved ... Forever in our Hearts Red Heart

Superman and Thunder - Family History

Superman K01 and Thunder K91 became a new pairing late in the 2014 season after the long term resident female Lady Wray went missing and presumably died of old age.

As a new pair; K91 Thunder and K01 Superman did not produce any offspring in the 2014 season. In 2015 this pair had two eggs; one egg broke very close to hatch date; a dead chick was visible and K91 consumed its remains. Dr. Sharpe thought based on the size of the chick that it likely died sometime before the egg broke. The second egg hatched on schedule and this pair enjoyed their new baby chick. Sadly the chick died just after it was removed from the nest for banding. The death of the chick was a sad loss for this new pair and also for everyone following this family. The IWS crew were shocked; they had never lost a chick during banding so this was a very unusual event. A necrospy determined the chick died from acute septicemia a bacterial infection in the blood. We hope that the 2016 nesting season will go better for this pair.

Superman - K01 - 18 years old this season.
- Hatched 2000 at a San Francisco Zoo
- Fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest
- Orange wing blings but they are tucked underneath his wings now so not always visible.
- Superman has a silver band on his left leg and an orange band on his right leg.

Thunder - Thunder - K91 - 9 years old this season
- Hatched at Two Harbors Nest 2009
- Wing Blings and Federal Leg band: 629-52450


2014 - New Pair; Non Nesting Season
2015 - 1 Chick - Died at Banding; Two eggs Laid; One egg broke with a dead chick inside (very close to hatch time) Second Egg Hatched - April 5 2015; Sadly the chick died during Banding - May 28 - 7 Weeks of Age
2016 - 2 Chicks K62 & K60 - Fledge Dates: K62 June 18, 2016 and K60 - June 24, 2016
2017 - No cam on the nest Dr Sharpe stated "This is the first time in 21 Seasons here there will be no live cam on the West End Nest."
2017 - 2 Chicks - Banded on May 19, 2017 - K-73 (M) - Pascoe & K74 (M) Haku - Fledged confirmed on June 21, 2017

Link to the 2017 Channel Islands Nesting Season
forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=912017&mode=&show=100



Other Important Links

Institute for Wildlife Studies - Main Page
http://www.iws.org/

Institute for Wildlife Studies - Eagle Cam Page
http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html

Facebook Institute for Wildlife Studies
https://www.facebook.com/IWSEagles/?hc_ ... CH&fref=nf

Facebook Bald Eagles 101

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690426617860075/

Resource Information
The Channel Islands Live -Eagle Cam Discussion forum (CHIL) has an extensive journal on the Channel Islands Eagles and you can access information
on the history of these majestic families here:

Wing-Bling Reference Chart
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... topic=4674

CHIL - Nest Observations
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... howforum=5

Pat (Cumbrian) of CHIL Eaglecam Discussion forum has completed the Class of 2017 ... its an awesome summary of all the Channel Island Bald Eagle families complete with maps and pictures of the nesting territories click on link below
http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCA ... owforum=30

Thank You Pat The Class of 2017 is a great resource for all of us following this amazing bald eagle families thanks again Clapping Big hugs






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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, January 07 2018 @ 06:25 PM EST  
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History of the Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project
as per the Institute for Wildlife Studies Web Site

In 2002, funding provided by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program allowed IWS to begin a five-year feasibility study to determine if bald eagles could be successfully restored on the northern Channel Islands, California. The project objectives were to release 12 bald eagles per year on Santa Cruz Island (hereafter Santa Cruz) by hacking and then to carefully monitor the eagles' movements, forage use, and survival. Forage use and analyses of prey samples are to be used to evaluate the potential source of organochlorine contaminants that could affect the establishment of a self-sustaining bald eagle population. Santa Cruz is located approximately 20 miles off the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Santa Cruz is the largest of the eight California Channel Islands, measuring about 38 km in length and 12 km wide at its widest point. The National Park Service (NPS) owns and manages the eastern 24% of the island and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns and manages the western 76% of the island.

Since June 2002, IWS has released 63 young bald eagles from two hacking (release) towers located on the NPS portion of Santa Cruz. Each tower has two cages, each of which can hold up to four young eagles being prepared for release. The eaglets were produced by the Avian Conservation Center at the San Francisco Zoo or collected from wild nests near Juneau, Alaska when they were about 8 weeks old. The birds were kept in the cages until they were ready to fly at about 12 weeks of age. They were fed a variety of foods that they encounter once released and we monitored them using a closed-circuit video system to insure that each bird was eating and behaving normally.

When the birds were approximately 11 weeks old, we fit each bird with a combination satellite/VHF transmitter, light blue patagial wing markers, and federal leg band. The satellite transmitters record hourly GPS locations of the bird and then upload them to a satellite approximately every three days. We are then able to download the data and determine where the birds have been. You can follow the paths of some of these birds here. When the birds were approximately 12 weeks old, we opened the release doors on each cage. It took up to two weeks for the birds to fledge from the towers. We continued to place food items in and around the towers to provide a known food source for the birds while they developed their flight/scavenging skills.

In 2006, two pairs of bald eagles successfully hatched one eagle chick each. These were the first known successful bald eagle nests on the California Channel Islands in about 50 years. One pair of these eagles was originally released on Santa Catalina Island in 2001 (Male K-10) and 2002 (Female K-26). The second pair was comprised of a Catalina male released in 2001 (K-11) and a female released on Santa Cruz Island in 2002 (A-04).

As of the end of 2009, there are estimated to be about 40 bald eagles on the northern Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel), including birds released on Santa Cruz, at least three Catalina-released birds, and a few unmarked eagles from the mainland.

Note: In 2014 the IWS discontinued the general use of all types of transmitters.


For more information contact Dr. Peter Sharpe
http://www.iws.org/staff_sharpe.html


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Banding Day - May 19, 2017
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2018 Nesting Season

•adults return: This pair does not migrate they remain in the nest area all year long as there is food aplenty.

•intrusions:

•eggs laid:

•hatched:

•banding -

•fledged -

•juvies last seen:



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By: Debs (offline) on Sunday, January 07 2018 @ 07:26 PM EST  
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Welcome

To the West End 2018 Nesting Season wave

Here is the link to the IWS All Cams Eagle Page
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Posted on the IWS Facebook page:

"I restarted the inverter that powers the West End nest cam and put in some equipment that will allow us to turn on and off the system remotely. The lack of sun for the past week or so has drained the batteries, so I am going to turn off the West End cams at night to try to conserve power until we get some sunny days."


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