Posts Tagged ‘Institute for Wildlife Studies’

As we reported in the Catalina Islander a couple of weeks ago, the bald eagle population of Catalina Island should grow.

“Adults need to produce one chick per nest per year to maintain a stable population. Catalina’s population has been producing chicks above that level, so the population should continue to grow,” said Peter Sharpe, Ph.D., wildlife biologist and research ecologist of the Institute for Wildlife Studies.

“Since 1989, 38 chicks have been successfully fostered into nests on Catalina Island and two healthy eggs placed in nests have hatched and the chicks successfully reared. Continued hacking activities have also resulted in the release of an additional 21 eagles since 1991,” said the IWS website.

I mention this because you might want to visit the website www.iws.org and look at the live camera for the eagles nests at the West End and in Two Harbors. Go to the “Interactive Menu.”

Considering how much damage DDT did to the eagles, it’s nice to see them making a comeback on Catalina Island.