PHOTOS: Two eaglets, born to nesting bald eagles, live at Tract K

John Parravani special to the Eagle
A parent bald eagle delivers some food to the two eaglets living at Tract K. The eaglets, born Dec. 18, are best observed from the sidewalk at the property's edge. This image was captured through telephoto lens.

John Parravani special to the Eagle A parent bald eagle delivers some food to the two eaglets living at Tract K. The eaglets, born Dec. 18, are best observed from the sidewalk at the property's edge. This image was captured through telephoto lens.

John Parravani special to the Eagle
Marco Island has two new eaglets living at Tract K. The parents, two American bald eagles, are often seen tending to the babies, with one often going off to catch fish for meals. This image was captured through telephoto lens.

John Parravani special to the Eagle Marco Island has two new eaglets living at Tract K. The parents, two American bald eagles, are often seen tending to the babies, with one often going off to catch fish for meals. This image was captured through telephoto lens.

By Linda Turner

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) is pleased to announce that the American bald eagles on Tract K are the proud parents of two new eaglets, which hatched on Dec. 18.

One adult eagle can be observed perched on the edge of the nest while the other is frequently seen flying back to the nest with a fish in talons for family meals.

Bald eagles remain with their mates and return to their traditional nests each year. Bald eagle nesting season in Florida is Oct. 1 to May 15. At the end of nesting season in May, the fledglings fly off and the adults leave the nest until fall. However, last May, the adult eagles left the nest but they did not leave the Tract K property. Instead, they remained in the back of the property in lower trees throughout the entire summer.

Recently, a significant increase of eagle enthusiasts has been seen on the Tigertail Court sidewalk at the property’s edge, observing this amazing wildlife with their binoculars and cameras on tripods. Visitors include the Naples Bird Watch Group (seen on rented yellow bikes), the Road Scholars (a bird tour group from Orlando), as well as many out-of-state visitors and daily local residents, sometimes in lawn chairs. (Please keep disturbances to a minimum by staying on the sidewalk at the Tract K property edge.)

Local resident, Donna Anthus, has documented eagle activity on Tract K since October 2004. Every year in late September or early October, the eagles return to rebuild their nest. She has observed the eagles using each of the tall trees on the property for different purposes; trees for sleeping, trees for eating fish and birds, their preferred trees for preening, and another tree where they perch while their eggs are incubating. She has documented the eaglets early days in the nest, family feedings, and how the entire Tract K property has been utilized as the adults teach the fledglings to fly, hunt and eat on their own.

Years ago, Marco Island was a large bald eagle sanctuary. After years of hotel, condo, residential and business development, there is only one active nest with breeding activity on the Island. The bald eagle is a federal and state protected species requiring a 330-feet circumferential buffer zone from the nest tree, which includes most of the Tract K property.

The American bald eagle is the most thoroughly studied bird and is the largest raptor (bird of prey) in North America. Most notably, the bald eagle is our national symbol for the United States. Welcome Eaglets to your new home.

MESF will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the Community Room of the Fifth Third Bank located at 650 E. Elkcam Circle.

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20_Days writes:

Great photos and article.

This is something that we need to preserve and cherish here on Marco. Once gone, it is gone forever.

Let's not do anything to destroy or harm this protected species and it's habitat. Future generations of eagles and Marcoites will appreciate our unselfishness.

Tigertail writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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"Let us share the property with a new high school". How could you possibly think that a school with hundreds of teenagers, staff, school buses, cars, traffic, and bright lighting is not going scare away this pair of Eagles and their offspring? Tract K is an inappropriate site for a high school, period!

26yearsonmarco writes:

If Mom and Pop Eagle were really concerned for their Kids future, they would waste no time and enroll them in the Charter School.

20_Days writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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And now Marco Island is now down to only 1 pair of nesting Eagles. All the more reason to prevent any further chance of losing them.

I posted a positive comment to a nice article and do not appreciate being called names or having false statements made by you or anybody else. Please refrain from your name calling.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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SunBum writes:

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668d), enacted in 1940, and amended several times since then, provides criminal penalties for persons who "take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or any manner, any bald eagle ... , alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof." The Act defines "take" as "pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb." "Disturb" means: “to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to a degree that causes injury to an eagle or interferes with normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior." There are well-defined guidelines to protect the breeding, feeding and sheltering of the eagles which do allow for co-habitation on properties all over the country. The fact is . . . The use of Tract K is NOT an either/or situation.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

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blondie writes:

It seems to me that some of you people have no sense of pride for what the eagle represents. This magistic bird is the symbol of America, "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. " We Americans should be the symbol of freedom for these majestic birds and honor their choice of habitat as they represent ours.

Tigertail writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

If Mom and Pop Eagle were really concerned for their Kids future, they would waste no time and enroll them in the Charter School.

Or they could send their kids to Lely HS, Golden Gate HS, Gulf Coast HS, St. John Neuman, Community School, etc.... Some parents are acting as if there is no high school for their teenagers to attend. Tract K, is the home to "mom and pop" plus all their offspring over the years. And it is a very important piece of property to preserve to a lot of people!
Just as you are passionate about having a charter HS for your kids, you should give the same respect to those of us who have a passion to save tract k from unnecessary development!

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

The Charter High School is doomed to failure!

Klabautermann appeared and my dreams and told me this!

ajm3s writes:

Why must be fret? The MIA is setting stakes on San Marco Road where gopher tortoises currently inhabit.

Fast forward one year. Teacher now going outside with class to engage in a hands-on environmentally sensitive lesson on respecting the gopher tortoise.

Teacher: Walk carefully on the designated path. [commotion in the background] Jimmy, get over here and do not disturb the gopher tortoise.

Jimmy: But teacher, he is on our side of the fence. He should not be here.

Teacher: Now class, what Jimmy just demonstrated is how not to treat the gopher tortoise. We need to call the appropriate authorities to move the gopher tortoise to its rightful place. He may have gotten lost.

Teacher: [returns to classroom with students] Now class what did we learn today?

Class (in unison): Call the government!

Curtain closes and a shout out in the audience: God help us all!

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to blondie:

It seems to me that some of you people have no sense of pride for what the eagle represents. This magistic bird is the symbol of America, "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. " We Americans should be the symbol of freedom for these majestic birds and honor their choice of habitat as they represent ours.

Blondie,

You bring up a great point. If Mom and Pop Eagle have no choice but to send their Kids to public school, how will they ever learn about the Heritage that made them the symbol of America.

As most people know the Flag and Prayer is banned in public schools, and very little American history is taught.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Ms. Herzili,

Please provide correct information: The eagle nest on the golf course lost one of its eagles last year due to reasons that have not been totally cleared up as of yet. First opinion was that it had been electrocuted. Since then a necropsy was supposed do have been performed. I hope that nobody, personally, was responsible for its death as there is quite a major fine and if the death was caused by someone in a group the fine climbs 10 fold or more.

This leaves us with only ONE pair of nesting eagles left on Marco and that are the ones in the photos above.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ms. Herzili,

I have informed that it is "possible" that the nest at the ICC has been recently adopted by a new male eagle.

I guess the female did not have too long a mourning period if this is correct.

There has not been a determinantion of the circumstances surrounding the other male eagle's death.

If it was caused by a person or persons I hope that they are found and fined to the full extent of the law.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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I believe the MIA are "misnamed environmentalist" to even consider leasing property in which gopher tortoises exist. To make the claim that the school will only impact one acre of the 5.7 acre site, indicated to me that the gophers will be displaced. I have yet to read a study in which the gopher tortoises have been trained to stay away from new development without the aid of a man-made barrier.

If only the MIA would be true to the mission statement they so loudly claim. I believe in education, but I also believe that education can be served off island in an existing facility without compromising the need for a "local" desire to eliminate long travel times to Lely HS. I believe a facility on or near RT 951 is not a long commute and has ample existing facilities from which to choose.

From what I have been able to gather, the board that serves the MIA will not consider anything outside the boundaries of this island. So I guess they are uncompromising on this note. But compromising in what environmental sensitivity means. So it will be interesting to read the syllabus on how to train/teach students stewardship of natural sites.

Environmentalist come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are true to their cause, both radical and moderate are very rare indeed. In fact, they perhaps should be protected. But as I see things, some environmentalists are perverting the message to serve other uncompromising needs/wants.

Will we see the day when a radical environmental movement, ie. ELF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Li...
comes and torches a school on a gopher tortoise site, as a demonstration of environmental awareness.

Recommendation: MIA should eliminate any claims to green and environmental sensitivity and promotion.

Truth in advertising is so precious, in fact truth itself is rare. So is it too much to ask if the promoters of a high school would act accordingly, at least as it applies to environmental virtuosity. It would strengthen their cause.

LOL

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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And the MIA responds with NO charter high school on RT951. Why? Is it too far? Is it too environmentally sensitive?

My understanding or conclusion in listening to this debate.

Why must it be on Marco Island? If they go off island just by 100 ft they lose control. So is it all about control?

In the end if you would like a win-win, you need to expand your horizons and not get hung up on a single site or limiting your choices, if your highest intent is to have a better educational experience for your child.

In the list of requirements to start a charter high school, it seems the MIA has deemed location as the most critical based on their actions and comments to date. And somewhere down the list of requirements are personnel and educational curricula of which environmental considerations are described.

It is here where the MIA enters the realm of hypocrisy? To claim environmental awareness, as a clearly stated goal in the MIA brochure?

How many folks have you encountered in life where the image does not match content. Is this how we want to start the process in creating a better educational environment?

So why are we so hung up that it must be confined to the shores of Marco Island? And then why do you choose raw undeveloped land? How many natural sites do you wish to consider? A small ELF says none.

I apologize for attacking the MIA in an article written to praising eaglets. I again strayed off "content". Mea Culpa?

lauralbi1 writes:

I certainly hope that all of you are willing to sign and circulate the new Petition that will be available soon for placement on the Ballot next November. It will be called the "Residential Buffer Amendment" and will provide for a 500' buffer between any Public or Charter High School and a Residential Lot that is being used for Residential purposes. We need 10% of the Registered Voters on Marco to sign this Petition.
The wording is being copied from current Ordinances and from the Marco Island Comprehensive Plan.
Please, I will announce when we have everything in place. We appreciate any effort any of you can give to getting signatures.
Ed Issler

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

AJM,

You are correct to apologize for blogging off original topic, but once again the first to do so in this topic was no other than MarcoIslandWomsn, who does the same thing that Klabautermann did to misdirect many conversations.

If this newspaper was doing its job, whenever that occured the blog should be removed preventing the conversations from constantly getting off of topic.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

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SunBum writes:

What a teachable moment for young and old alike as the MIA's commitment to the environment exemplifies the most up-to-date methods to research, protect and care for our native ecosystems.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

SunBum,

The world is full of good intentions that turned out to be disasters.

How could concerns for the environment be part of the MIA's agenda when what they are doing is nothing more than toying with the ecology.

There is no way of really knowing what interference will be caused by the MIA's trailers or construction plans until it is too late and they all we will have is a "I didn't think that would happen" excuse.

You do not seem to know the make-up of high school kids. For kicks they will be throwing food or who knows whatever else at the protected creatures when nobody is looking. When that occurs it will be "too late" for the poor creature that eats something that it should not.

I think you have a lot to learn about high schoolers by your really uninformed comment.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Marianne,
Why you argue so much wit Ocram. He makes good point about high schoolers....you shuold know better than argue wit some one when they are rite. Looking to help you,

Your Friend,
Ivan

ajm3s writes:

BREAKING NEWS**********************

Foundation set to lease Tract K for five years

http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/app...

The eagles that reside on Track K will now have a lease agreement. And the other Eagle will eventually get to write about it. I hope.

Oh, by the way, I am still waiting for an article on the Isles of Capri request to curtail 100% mutual aid calls. Is there an equivalent 911 call that can be made to alert the Eagle to cover the news for the folks. At least the news that affects the folks.

Or is it simply an issue of exclusivity? I can understand the eagle lease agreement story but not the mutual aid story.

May I suggest the Eagle print the following disclaimer"

"The Eagle prints only the news that meets our standards of political correctness or review by City Hall"

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

This journal is dying a slow death and may need to be protected like the eagles on Track K. Oh! I forgot the press is protected but the Eagle refuses to be responsible in that capacity.

ajm3s writes:

Self imposed spell check:

Corrections: Tract K

I also forgot to ask if there is an editor at the Eagle? I understand titular roles that exist in some organizations, like City Hall but I never thought I would witness such in the press.

May I suggest a story about the political shrewdness of Mr. Murphy et al. Or again, is that too bold to investigate the old guard.

City Council pay attention because the Eagle has neglected its responsibilities to keep the folks up to date.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to ajm3s:

BREAKING NEWS**********************

Foundation set to lease Tract K for five years

http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/app...

The eagles that reside on Track K will now have a lease agreement. And the other Eagle will eventually get to write about it. I hope.

Oh, by the way, I am still waiting for an article on the Isles of Capri request to curtail 100% mutual aid calls. Is there an equivalent 911 call that can be made to alert the Eagle to cover the news for the folks. At least the news that affects the folks.

Or is it simply an issue of exclusivity? I can understand the eagle lease agreement story but not the mutual aid story.

May I suggest the Eagle print the following disclaimer"

"The Eagle prints only the news that meets our standards of political correctness or review by City Hall"

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

This journal is dying a slow death and may need to be protected like the eagles on Track K. Oh! I forgot the press is protected but the Eagle refuses to be responsible in that capacity.

WONDERFUL, GREAT NEWS!

Well planned and carried out by The Marco Eagle Foundation. Organization, Experience and Community Support were and are the basis for this ethically motivated result.

ajm3s writes:

Ocram:

Imagine an eagle or those representing its interest, have been able to negotiate a lease agreement with expediency that in my estimation far exceeds the MIA's efforts to date with much less public acrimony.

Recommendation to MIA: truth in advertising, especially as they relate to educating our youth on environmental issues.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to ajm3s:

Ocram:

Imagine an eagle or those representing its interest, have been able to negotiate a lease agreement with expediency that in my estimation far exceeds the MIA's efforts to date with much less public acrimony.

Recommendation to MIA: truth in advertising, especially as they relate to educating our youth on environmental issues.

You are absolutely correct. Altruism, experience and honesty has won the day.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Islandeye,

Do you see what happens when someone of the Klabautermann Klan does not get their way.
Everybody else is s----- but not them. You can not win with whatever that brainset is. Notice that "choice" is not part of their reasoning when that "choice" is not theirs.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Marianne:

You may have mislabeled us, I believe we have been previously marked as cavedwellers (Citizens Against Virtually Everything). And as such, I am proud to argue my point, that the MIA should consider the validity of its stated goals and objectives. Especially, those related to creation of a "Green Campus". MIA's stated Green Building position does not match its current selection of building sites; and leaves me questioning their objectives. Bear in mind, the mission statement from the MIA states that the school will be a world class example of a "State of the Art Green Campus". And, William Browning, an MIA National Advisory Board member "is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists" per MIA's website.

So I ask, can we have a refresher course on Green Building guidelines? The syllabus will begin with the US Green Building (USGB) website which developed the international standards:

http://www.greenschoolbuildings.org/g...

Note the following statement: "Additionally, green schools lessen environmental impacts through responsible approaches to site, reduced demand on municipal infrastructure and recycling during and after construction."

Can I again ask, why not an existing building on an existing developed site? Because green building guidelines can be applied to modifications of existing buildings, thereby reducing the current inventory of existing building in Southwest Florida, that sit vacant due to the financial times we find ourselves in.

So Marianne, I actually claim America is not DUMB but engaged in a vigorous debate that challenges MIA's intended goals, especially those which deal specifically with Green Building guidelines. And given the reputation of those on MIA's National Advisory Board, I for one, would expect much higher standards, than a cavedweller as myself.

I apologize for not signing my name, but cavedwellers from MIA's perspective cannot read or write, we are DUMB and s-----.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ms. Herzili

Taking your kids out of one school and putting them in another to make "their" education better is selfish and short-sighted. What about the other students? Do they not deserve the same education available since they are in the same school district being supported by the same tax dollars?

It is up to parents to better educate their kids. It is up to the school district to provide the best education possible. It is up to parents to provide the best education to their children and to the other children. All because some kids are of a different color or different tongue does not make them any less deserving of the best education that the tax dollars available can provide.

If some parents want more than that for their own children then they should send them to private schools, not take from the already burdened educational system which will only suffer more and only provide for their own.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Let a DUMB and s----- cavedweller make it simple for the Academy. The location of a school is not an important consideration to creating a school of excellence. However, the need to select environmentally sensitive sites is beyond my comprehension (to a DUMB cavedweller) given the core green building philosophy. One of the MIA's founding principles.

Perhaps, the MIA folks are smart and intelligent and simply lost site of the meaning of their message. They are misguided if they believe they are creating a charter school under the strict guidelines of a "state of the art green campus". Guidelines that the MIA set, so now all I ask is that they refocus and hold to their mantra. So now its time to make choices in keeping on message. And I believe these sites exist and are available to the MIA, but the board members have opted for a narrower vision.

I believe the eaglets represent the islands future in saving natural undeveloped sites on Marco Island. I would hope proponents of the charter school would represent the islands future faithfully and honestly. This could be such a teachable moment.

They should cross out the wording referencing "state of the art green campus" and replace with "property on Marco Island only"

Recommend the MIA take a page out of the playbook of the Marco Island Eagle Foundation, and stay true to message and move forward never deviating from your goals and objectives. Integrity matters.

Speaking of playbooks, go Pittsburgh.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

I not like refrence to Ronald Reagan and Adolf Hitler on the same thought. People in my family where muredered by Hitler S.S. Marianne you not the lady for real.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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I believe the MIA is sanctimonious. Please read the USGB website. The MIA is distorting the message to garner more support from environmentalist. However, I believe it will backfire, because again, the MIA is not true to its cause of a "state of the art green campus" based on green building standards.

It begins with site selection.

The sad part, I am in support for those that seek a better education for their children. But I cannot support propaganda parading as a slick public relations effort.

I expect better from green building experts.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Herzili, Spirit of Klabautermann,

Once again you take a quote out of context and try to make it your own personal retort.

Take the efforts and provide it for "all students" at Lely not a token amount of students to justify getting to have all of your own kids go to nothing less than a private school on the taxpayer's dollar.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Lets make a deal, Marianne,

Stop calling everybody who disagrees with you "s-----", "UHUS" "pharisaic" and any other of your Klabautermann inspired atributes and maybe others will do the same. Your tempo of speach and terminology leads us to believe than you are Nothing More, Nothing Less than Klabautermann with a new tag.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Ms Herzilli:

I forgot to expound on your statement:

"To use environment understanding and law as arguments against the new high school is on Marco Island nothing else than a joke."

So, I will put you down as confirming MIA's promotion in the use of green building and environment sensitivity, as a joke. If so, we are again in agreement.

Again, I believe the joke is on the MIA. The proponents of the MIA are the ones that have endorsed and committed to green building as a benefit for the island. Which it is, however, cloaked in that principle of green building is a sensitivity to site selection. Here is the website:

http://www.greenschoolbuildings.org/H...

which states:

"Additionally, green schools lessen environmental impacts through responsible approaches to site, reduced demand on municipal infrastructure and recycling during and after construction"

One of the MIA's fundamental goals in promoting the charter school is based on green building principles. Even to the extent of having Mr. William Browning serve as an MIA National Advisory Board member.

http://www.marcoislandacademy.com/dis...

Folks, please read what the Academy claims as their mantra and hold them to their word. Is that too bold a request for ensuring the future quality of education for this island. Can we at least acknowledge there is something that does not jive.

I could go on, the MIA website is just filled with stuff and claims that I cannot reconcile with the actions and make-up of this board to date.

Again, I am challenging the MIA to be honest, to their words, not mine. They are entitled to seek support for a school, but can they at least be honest; MIA's rhetoric does not match its actions.

And please Ms Herzilli, the example of garbage found on the roadside, is more an indication of personal responsibility or lack of. In that vain, I am simply asking the MIA board to act responsibly in meeting the standards they set on there website and literature.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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You and your spiritual leader, Klabautermann are a pair of "Kiwabolshlemers".

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Wrong! On several fronts.

1. I am not a resident on or near Tract K nor Tigertail.
2. I have no hidden agenda other than seeking to understand the MIA's actions vis-a-vis its stated principles.
3. I never was a government employee.
4. Site selection is part of the Green Building Council protocol.

Unless, I have it wrong, I am all ears to a clarification from the MIA National Advisory board members. They purport to be experts. Let them rebut.

But as in this article, Ms. Watt cannot be reached for comment.

This silence is deafening.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

When it comes to promises from the MIA. Silence is Golden. If they don't make promises they can tell no lies.

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