Loblolly and Pitch, of Big Pine Nest, the bald eagle parents at Shelter 8 have returned. The gate to Picnic Area A, shelter 8 is open and needs to be closed to people. Loblolly and Pitch lost their chick(s) this last March because the gate to shelter 8 was left open. Bald eagles, when there is too much interference at their nest, will literally abandon the eggs or chicks in the nest and this is what happened because the gate was left open. Many of us asked the Superintendent of the park to please close the gate to shelter 8 and that the gate to its sister shelter 2 be opened in its place. The shelter 8 gate was never closed and people intruded on the nest. The pressure of people too close to their nest (along with the usual natural interference of other bald eagles) was more than the defense mounted by the two parent eagles could handle. Loblolly and Pitch did their very best – flying in circles, screaming and hoping to scare the people away. The parent bald eagles lost the confrontation. Today the gate to shelter 8 is open and people are once again intruding. Please, contact the Superintendent at email@example.com phone: 919-362-0586 ext. 231 and let him know how you feel about this situation. Please let everyone know to stay out of Picnic Area A and away from shelter 8. Let’s give Loblolly and Pitch the best chance to raise chicks this season. Thank you all for your support of the bald eagles of Jordan Lake!
photo: Loblolly trying to scare human intruders away from her nest.