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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bald eagles hatch on Santa Cruz Island for third consecutive year!

"Eagles K-10 and K-26 are on a roll. The couple hatched another eaglet a little after 11 am this morning,and the Pelican Harbor nest saw its second new bald eagle in the last three days." You can watch the eagle family on an eagle cam by  clicking on the following link: Why
am I mentioning this event on my blog? Firstly because I love animals. And
secondly, because "from the early 1960s to the 1970s, eagles largely disappeared from the Channel Islands, which sit off the coast of Los Angeles."  

An alliance of conservationists, initiated by the  United States National Park Service and 
spearheaded by the IWS, started reintroducing bald eagle chicks to Santa Cruz Island in 2002

You can see where the Channel Islands are situated relative to California by looking at
 the map below:

Source of map:

"Bald eagles were once a common sight on the Channel Islands, off the coast of Los Angeles.
However, they disappeared in the mid-1900s due to widespread DDT contamination of their food
supply. Chemical companies flushed the pesticide into the ocean through the Los Angeles
sewer system until it was banned in the early 1970s."

"For more than 20 years, scientists tried to re-establish the birds on Santa Catalina
Island. But the lingering effects of DDT made the birds’ eggshells too thin 
to hatch without human intervention."

An Inspiring Comeback

"A program was initiated through the National Park Service in 2002, with funding in part from the
 Montrose Settlements Restoration Program and research efforts by the
 Institute for Wildlife Studies, to re-establish bald eagles on the northern Channel Islands."

"Sixty-one chicks — around 12 per year — were reintroduced to Santa Cruz Island
 during the five-year program. The first group of eagles reached breeding age in 2006,
and in that year one female produced a chick with a male from the Catalina Island
reintroduction efforts."
"Two chicks were born on Santa Cruz Island in 2006 — the first wild-born chicks
to hatch anywhere on the Channel Islands in more than 50 years — and more chicks
hatched in 2007. The 2006 and 2007 births gave biologists hope that DDT levels in the
birds’ eggs had sufficiently declined and that bald eagles would once again thrive on the
Channel Islands. As a result of rebounding populations on the mainland, the bald eagle
was de-listed from its endangered species status in June 2007."
"Thanks to the re-establishment efforts of our partners, several bald eagle pairs
have been nesting successfully on Santa Cruz Island for the first time in over
half a century." (source:

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.