5-7-12 Minnesota Bound Blog – Questions and Concerns about Harmon the Eaglet’s Future

11:44 a.m. Pacific Time

Here is the latest blog from the Minnesota Bound website. The link is here for those who would like to read earlier blogs on the site, but I reblogged it in its entirety here.

The most important point is: They will not abandon him. There are several options that are being considered if the parents do not return within 48 hours from the time Harmon was returned to the nest. Whatever happens, he will be taken care of and given a chance at a real eagle life. There’s a lot of precedents and procedures in place. So, ultimately, Harmon will be taken care of.

Minnesota Blog:

Questions and Concerns…

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:29AM | MN Bound Editor

“We are getting a lot of questions and we want to do our best to keep you in the loop.  First off, we are in continuous conversation with the experts at the Raptor Center and we are not going to leave the bird in the tree without care.  Harmon is under great supervision at this time.  Dr. Ponder and crew have been fantastic and deserve much respect for their efforts.  Without them, this rescue and return attempt would not even be possible.  With that said, here’s what we know.

“We placed Harmon back in the nest mid-afternoon on Sunday.  The hope was that the parents would come back and take over their eaglet and their nest.  This has been done before and it has been successful in the past.  We should say, however, that there are no gaurantees.

“When we were at the nest yesterday, both eagle parents were still there.  They watched us put Harmon back in the nest.  They haven’t left.  But, here’s a tough fact to swallow.  Dr. Ponder did say that Eagle Parents don’t always come back.  Some eagle parents will give up on the nest pretty easily.  All we can do is remain hopeful that these parents aren’t like that.

“It seems logical to us that the birds would just go back and their paternal instincts would take over.  Unfortunately, wild birds don’t think like humans.  They are not capable.

“What is the fish in the nest for?  We placed fish in the nest for the parents.  This is common practice according to our eagle experts.  Consider this incentive for the parents to return.

“What can we do to help?  The best thing for everyone to do at this time is to remain patient and let the experts do their job.  Because this has been a national story in a hurry, everyone seems to want to call and ask questions.  We cannot express how much attention we are giving this situation.  Additional calls are only keeping everyone from being able to do their jobs.  While we appreciate all of the support, this blog and our facebook page is the best way for us to keep everyone informed.  Please refrain from calling the raptor center with questions.  Please know that we are in constant communication with them and will update you with information as THEY deem necessary.

“How long will we wait before we would make another rescue attempt?  That is the big question.  Again, we are working with the experts here and we value what they say to be the best advice.  Generally, the eaglet can remain alone for several hours without food.  When we put Harmon back into the tree, he was full.  It is believed that he would be ok for up to 48 hours.  The largest danger is that of predators.  Harmon is not protected from danger without the parents around.

“What will happen to Harmon if the parents don’t come back?  The experts at the Raptor Center will make that decision once we take him down.  There are a couple of options.  It has not yet been determined what that will be.  It is important to note the decision will be made on “what is best for Harmon,” not “what is best for the viewers.”  We will update you with those details when we are given the green light from them.

“A special “thanks” to the Raptor Center and Broadband.  Without their support and their boom truck, we would not be able to act so quickly.

“We will update you with more information as it becomes available.  We are still hopeful that we don’t have to make any moves and that the parents return to the nest.  Anything is possible.”

About Joy Parker

As a three-time cancer survivor and storyteller, I felt compelled to create this blog because I felt the need to connect with an audience and immediately share what I am learning as I am learning it. The material in this blog is serving as the basis for two books that I am writing. The first book talks about how illness is a vehicle that takes us into the unknown land, teaches us things we couldn’t otherwise learn, and then gives us the opportunity to bring them back to our community. It offers a compass and creates a map of the unknown land so that others might find their path more easily. Most important, it shares what I have learned about waking up and being truly alive in this magnificent world. That might sound simple enough, but the actual experience is devastatingly beautiful and powerful. The second project is a book with medicine cards discussing many of the lessons I’ve learned from my experiences with healing and as a healer, the indigenous world, and walking a spiritual path. Most important, it is the story of the development of my own personal mythology. People tend to think of myths as massive stories and beliefs that develop in a culture over hundreds or thousands of years. We now live in a time of crisis and we don’t have a hundred years. The time for healing and transformation is now, and we are the ones we have been waiting for.
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2 Responses to 5-7-12 Minnesota Bound Blog – Questions and Concerns about Harmon the Eaglet’s Future

  1. Tayria Ward says:

    This is so awesome, Joy. Thank you.

    • Joy Parker says:

      Thanks, Tayria. I’m so happy to report that the mom and dad eagle returned to the nest 45 minutes ago at 7:00 Minnesota time, picked up a couple of fish heads, and started to feed the baby. I was on the freeway at the time, praying really hard to Baba Yaga that this day wouldn’t end with the chick hungry and spending another night alone in the nest, then having to be removed again in the morning. My prayers, I’m sure, were joining about 5,000 others. Miracles do happen!

      It was especially sweet to see Dad feeding baby pieces of two fish heads left in the nest by Raptor Rescue, then watch Mom swoop in, take both fish heads from Dad, and start feeding baby herself. If both parents are back to feeding their eaglet our worries are over.

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