Got this email today. This is a public event for all folks interested in bald eagles.
"The Endangered Species Program invites you and your families to attend an event at the Jefferson Memorial on Thursday, June 28, 10 am, announcing the delisting and recovery of the bald eagle.
Secretary Kempthorne will make the announcement, followed by remarks from several key partnering organizations. From 10:30 to 12 noon, booths staffed by WO Service programs and other agencies/organizations including the National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense, American Eagle Foundation, and Earth Conservation Corps will offer family activities. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the Yates Auditorium at Main Interior.
This remarkable achievement is the culmination of many years of hard work and cooperative efforts with private and public landowners, States, Tribes, non-government organizations, and industry. Now, it is time to celebrate."
Sorry about the last post. I have a couple of blogs and for some reason that post got on the eagle blog instead of the Children and Nature Journal blog. It's funny, I posted it and then didn't see it on the other blog and wondered where the heck it went...
We are investigating the cam problem.
We think it may be the farmer has run over and damaged the camera cable. John will check it out.
Rich Louv spoke at the Outdoor Writers of America Annual Meeting in Roanoke a week ago, and I expect articles will continue to trickle out on the importance of connecting children to nature.
The San Francisco Chronicle posted this piece yesterday that does a great job of framing the issue.
In far-ranging comments, Louv described how a child's outdoor adventures -- or lack of them -- can affect his or her development. He said that a promising future can still be shaped:
-- Youth health: "The increase in diabetes and heart disease is because kids are growing up not moving. When you look at discussions of child obesity, you never see nature mentioned. They (parents) send them to the gym, but you look at adults, and gyms are not doing the job that well for them either. The greatest increase in child obesity in history happened in the same two decades as the greatest increase in organized sports in history."
-- Child development: "How does nature shape child development? Tak…
New thread. Was at a recption at the National Zoo last night for the new National Forum on Children and Nature. We met in the Panda House, Secretary Kempthorne was in attendance, and we got to "hang out" with the Pandas for a couple of hours.
6:41 a.m. He is at the lauching pad. Been moving his wings a little bit, trying to get up the courage. Just back over to 9 o'clock and did a little poop shoot and then back to the lauching pad. Lightened that load a little bit! Oh my God, he just spread his wings out, he has the look. Nope, folded them back in! Doing a lot of flapping all over the nest. Back at the launching pad, looking around. Just moved a little closer to the edge. He wants to really bad! He is so close to the edge, his head gets out of camera range sometimes. He keeps spreading his wings out like he is going to and then back in. It is 6:50 now. A little head bopping going on. Camera freezing up a little bit. Wings back out. Now back in but head still bobbing. My heart is racing. Head keeps going out of view. 6:56 a.m. Wings back out. 6:58 a.m. SPUNKY HAS FLEDGED!!!
Thanks to Suzanne for her continued early am vigilance to get shots of our eagles visiting the nest. They seem to be coming in around 5-5:30 AM every day. We have not been seeing them as much during the day.