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Thank you to our Volunteer Tom Fleming.
2019 Nesting Record
Eagles Return: October 3 and 6, 2018
Egg#1:December 16, 2018 @ 5:54pm
Egg#2:December 19, 2018 @ 4:30pm
Observation of the eagle’s nest on Jan 24, 2019 showed typical adult activity, with no signs yet of eaglets. Dad was standing watch at the guard post (top of tower) and Mom was keeping the eggs warm. Due to the high crib rails, Mom herself was barely visible. Once the eggs hatch, it will probably be 2-3 weeks before the newly hatched become big enough and active enough to be seen. We are working to resolve the technical issues with the camera system.
2018 Nesting Record
On September 28, 2016 the Wetland Eagles returned safely to the East Fork Wetland and began their courtship for the 2017 breeding season. With the tireless efforts and commitment by Falcon Steel America, we now have a brand new camera system to view the eagle's activity from your home, office, or cell phone.
David Smid, IT Specialist with Falcon Steel America and Jeffry Carrillo, a professional tree climber with "Just Cut It," completed the camera system upgrade. Jeffry bravely climbed the tower and installed a brand new camera and transmitter while David worked from the ground to upgrade the relay switch and secure a new ground wire to direct any future lightning strikes to earth.
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THE WETLAND EAGLE STORY
Our Bald Eagles began nesting at the Wetland in 2011. Follow their journey, along with the relocation of the nest to the new ONCOR/Falcon Steel Tower.
EAGLES IN THE NEWS
WFAA Channel 8 Video Link on Successful Relocation November 5, 2014
EAGLE NEST MOVED TO SAFER TOWER July 12-13, 2014Eagle Nest Relocation Video from ONCOR - October 1, 2014
ONCOR, Falcon Steel, and Chapman Group successfully moved the 200 pound bald eagle's nest that was sitting dangerously close to a high-voltage line on July 12-13, 2014. The existing tower arm was re-attached to a new and higher tower built and donated by Falcon Steel, providing a safe nesting area for the eagles. We would like to thank the following partners in this amazing project.
Oncor Electric Delivery, Falcon Steel Company, Chapman Group Contractors, Rosewood Ranches, The Rosewood Corporation, The Hunt/Sands Family, North Texas Municipal Water District, Volunteers & Staff of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
EAGLE MONITORING AND RELOCATION TIMELINE
HISTORY OF THE WETLAND AMERICAN BALD EAGLES
Journaled by Wetland Director John DeFillipo
Wetland Eagle Roost.pdf February 24, 2015
Changing of the Guard
An amazing sequence of photographs by Bill Nance, Wetland Steward, including male and femail switching out incubation duties.
Click here to view the actual time lapse video from September 20, 2015 showing the moment of arrival when the eagles returned to their nest! Photo: 1-4-2016
SPRING 2016 UPDATE
On Friday, January 29, 2016, ground observations by volunteer Tom Fleming indicated that the female was incubating egg(s) in the nest. This is welcomed news as staff and volunteers have continually monitored the nest since the electric storm damaged the camera the day after Christmas. When we compare these observations with previous years, this should yield a hatch date in late February or early March. The success of the relocation effort two years ago has definitely paid off as we anticipate our fourth season of eaglets from the Wetland Eagles.