100th Bald Eagle Expected to Fledge on the Channel Islands—
Record Season Since Restoration Began with 20 Nests Anticipated
The 100th bald eagle is expected to naturally hatch and fledge on the
California Channel Islands this spring following efforts to
reestablish the birds after their disappearance from the islands by
The first bald eagle to hatch unaided by humans in more than 50 years
on the Channel Islands occurred in March 2006 on Santa Cruz Island.
Since then bald eagle recovery has been steady.
Today, there are about 50 bald eagles living on the Channel Islands as
a result of multi-agency restoration actions including intensive
efforts on the northern Channel Islands from 2002 to 2006 during which
61 eagles were released.
There could be a record 20 active bald eagle nests in this year’s
breeding season. There are already seven nests on Santa Catalina
Island, six on Santa Cruz Island, and two on Santa Rosa Island with
biologists watching at least five other pairs that will likely nest.
The first chick to hatch this season was at the Malva Real nest on
Santa Cruz Island. It set a record during the last week of February
for the earliest known hatching on the islands. Bald eagle pairs are
incubating eggs at 14 other active nests.
Another island record is set this year with the oldest confirmed
breeding bald eagle female, K-17 at Twin Rocks on Santa Catalina
Island. She is 30 years old and has been breeding at this site for 18
years. She is with her second mate.
To celebrate these restoration landmarks, the Montrose Settlements
Restoration Program (MSRP) is hosting a contest to name the 100th bald
eagle chick that will fledge from the Channel Islands. Visit
montroserestoration.noaa.gov or the MSRP Facebook page.
You can watch the bald eagle chicks develop this breeding season via
three live bald eagle webcams. Biologists and the public can track and
learn about their behavior on a bald eagle discussion forum. To view
the webcams visit iws.org. Join the bald eagle discussion forum.
The bald eagle recovery was part of a multi-year program to help
restore naturally functioning island ecosystems across the Channel
Islands. It included efforts to save the endangered island fox,
relocate golden eagles, reestablish bald eagles to their historic
territories, and eradicate nonnative pigs that had attracted golden
eagles which preyed on the island fox.
Partners in Restoration
MSRP, a multi-agency program dedicated to restoring natural resources
harmed by DDTs and PCBs released into the environment in southern
California, funds bald eagle restoration efforts. MSRP is overseen by
representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service,
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Lands
Commission, and California Department of Parks and Recreation. For
further information: montroserestoration.noaa.gov
The Institute for Wildlife Studies, a non-profit organization
dedicated to the conservation of wildlife species, is involved in
conservation projects around the world. IWS has conducted bald eagle
restoration on Catalina Island for over 50 years. iws.org
Land owners that support restoration efforts include the National Park
Service (NPS) as the manager on five of the eight California Channel
Islands, The Nature Conservancy who jointly owns and manages Santa
Cruz Island with the NPS, the Catalina Island Conservancy for Santa
Catalina Island, and the U.S. Navy on San Clemente Island.
To view a bald eagle restoration video and images:
This publication is available online at: nps.gov/chis/parknews/newsrelease.htm