Mom and Dad Hornby still producing eaglets
World-famous Internet webcam stars the Hornby Island Bald Eagles recently welcomed two new arrivals.
the eagles, known affectionately as Mom and Dad Hornby by their fans, have been a pair for many years and have successfully fledged 18 eaglets. The eagle pair are thought to be at least 28 years old.
Bald eagles have been known to live up to 50 years in zoos; but in the wild, 30 is considered the top lifespan. The Hornby Eagles, however, continue to thrive and defy expectations.
Mom Hornby laid an egg on March 22, and another on March 26. The eggs hatched April 28 and May 1. Both eaglets are active and growing every day.
The first eaglet was named Alexandra by Doug Carrick, the man who had the vision to bring the eaglecam to the Internet in 2006. The name was chosen to honor Alexandra Morton, the dedicated environmentalist who has worked tirelessly to save wild salmon.
Carrick named the second eaglet David in honour of David Suzuki, the Canadian biologist, educator and environmentalist. Dr. Suzuki produces The Nature of Things, a long-running CBC television show.
Morton and Suzuki have dedicated themselves to protecting the environment. They inspire others to think and act in a way to preserve the natural world for humans and wildlife alike.
It is the hope of Doug Carrick and the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society that naming the eaglets in their honor will bring attention to their important work. We wish for Alexandra and David to fly free and live long in a clean and safe environment.
The Hornby Eagles can be seen at www.hornbyeagles.com. In addition to the webcam, eagle fans of all ages can share information, videos, and pictures; as well as ask questions about the eagles and other wildlife, at the cam's associated interactive forum Our Nature Zone (www.ournaturezone.com).
The official Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/pages/Hornby-Eagles/254414002453.
The webcam and websites are provided by Doug and Sheila Carrick in association with the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society. The 24/7 live webcast is hosted by WildEarth.tv.
Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Doug and Sheila Carrick