Big Pine Nest has Failed

Jordan Lake. Bald eagle parents Loblolly and Pitch have not returned to the nest since 3/21. The chick has not been seen since 3/14, two weeks after it hatched. At 2 weeks, the chick cannot thermoregulate and must have the warmth of a parent to survive. The parents could no longer tolerate the human and canine intrusions, which when added to other natural stressors led to the chick being lost. The park refused to shut the gate to the shelter area and give the very best possible protection to the bald eagle family. A chick of our National Symbol lost, gone. Human disturbance helped bring this untimely ending to these parent bald eagles’ breeding cycle and sorrow to our hearts. The loss of the chick also meant the failure of our best opportunity to once again have our own bald eagle webcam. The closure of a single gate would have given the greatest possible protection, but the park refused to take that simple step.
My heartfelt thanks both to all of you my wonderfully supportive readers and to the caring people of North Carolina and beyond for your steadfast concern and hopes for the Big Pine Nest family.

Abandoned Big Pine Nest

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  1. So sad. Did they say why they wouldn’t close the gate?

    Bonnie

    On Fri, Apr 1, 2022, 9:23 PM doc ellen’s journey wrote:

    > neighdoctor posted: ” Jordan Lake. Bald eagle parents Loblolly and Pitch > have not returned to the nest since 3/21. The chick has not been seen since > 3/14, two weeks after it hatched. At 2 weeks, the chick cannot > thermoregulate and must have the warmth of a parent to survive. ” >

    1. The supervisor said he was not going to shut the gate because he was not going to close anybody out of any part of the park. That was in spite of the fact that I offered to him the option of closing the gate to that shelter and opening the gate to the other shelter which had been closed most of the winter. As I said: a simple solution that was not taken.

  2. I am so sorry— a big Hug..   We will have to keep working to turn this around.

    1. Yes. I am already laying out plans for how to approach the situation as I think forward to – I hope – one more breeding attempt by Loblolly and Pitch this coming December. Here is a list of those who need to be told of this failure which they could have helped to prevent.

      If you want to make you voice heard please share this post and contact the following 4 people:
      Superintendent Mole, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area at mailto:shederick.mole@ncparks.gov
      phone: 919-362-0586 ext.231
      Deputy Director State Parks Division Kathleen Capps
      mailto:kathy.capps@ncparks.gov
      phone: 919.707.9339
      US Fish and Wildlife Biologist John Hammond
      mailto:john_hammond@fws.gov
      phone: 919-856-4520 extension 28
      Governor Roy Cooper
      email: https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper
      phone: (919) 814-2000

  3. Such a heartbreaking loss, I am so sorry to hear of this. Humans – the apex predators with their ignorance and short-sightedness. You fought the good fight so admirably, and I have no doubt that you will persevere. But such a sad ending for this breeding attempt.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. I have laid out an outline about how to continue to pursue this so we don’t have something like this happen at the lake again.

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