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Posted: May 27 2008, 12:05 AM


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LeicaEagle


Hello! My name is George and I am located in Suburban Philadelphia near Bryn Mawr. PA.
This area is known as "The main line" for the main east west 4 track line to chicago that was the Pennsylvania Railroads way west.

I spent 26 years as a National Park Service Ranger working at our National Historic parks. However, I did spend time up in a great eagle habitat at Denali National Park in Alaska. Alas,I am not a fan of cold weather so I went to warmer climates.

My training however, was not the same as the biologists, wildlife management and other earth sciences that the more conventional parks have on staff. My degrees are in American History.
In college for my undergraduate degree I was in Washington DC and witnessed on March 21,1981 the shooting of President Reagan from across the street. I would have loved to continue working for the Park Service but a run in with a car while at work seriously injured me and at that time I decided to retire in 2007 after 26 years.

Along with my seroius camera addiction of leica cameras, I am an avid avian and botanical photographer and will shoot just about anything that catches my eye. I would love to be able to sit in a blind with a super long lens to photograph over time a nest of bald eagles

I am also into "novelty records" such as those by Spike Jones and other musical oddities such as sea chanties and propoganda tunes such as "Der Fuherer's Face", "your a sap mr jap" and "so long momma, im off to yokohama"

I have an interest in military history as a former army brat and have an un pc hobby of collecting WW1 thru Korean war infantry rifles

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George
Philadelphia. PA.




Although George is a photographer .. he prefers to be behind rather than in front of the camera!
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Posted: Jun 2 2008, 01:24 PM


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Hi all,

My name is Jill & I live in Santa Barbara. I'm a bookkeeper & office manager & we have two shop cats.

My hubby & I are involved in the Model A Ford club & have a 1931 Town Sedan. This is our church- http://www.sbcommunity.org/

I ride my bike to work (2.6 miles one way) unless it rains. I swim laps on the weekend.

My husband & I met at country western dancing & we've been very happily married for 14 years come this Nov.

My boss told me about the PH nest & then my husband gave me the site to find out why the nest was empty all of a sudden. Now I'm hooked & am getting less work done!

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Jill
Santa Barbara, CA




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Cumbrian
Posted: Jun 16 2008, 07:52 PM


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Hi, everyone! I'm Janice, and I live in Claremont (the one in Los Angeles County, unfortunately). I'm a writer, an RN now working as a medical transcriptionist, and the divorced mom of 2 wonderful young ladies. Our family includes 3 indoor cats and 4 corn snakes. I raised desert tortoises for years up to a few years ago.

My younger daughter is in high school and an active musician music_ani.gif of multiple instruments. My older daughter is graduated from college and working (currently for IWS as I write this) as a biologist. Her specialty is Chick3.gif birds - unfortunately for this message board, not raptors or large birds - but she majored in environmental biology, so she deals with ecosystems and how plant and animal (and human!) communities interact.

As you can tell, I'm very proud of my kids! I get to live vicariously through them. I have been a bird watcher for many years, and a proud member of the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society. One of my mottoes is "Pass the chocolate and no one gets hurt!" Another one is "Doing the right thing, even when it is not as easy or as fun as other choices." I have an eclectic education have found that the more you know, the more questions you have.

I began eagle cam-watching with the Hancock-sponsored nest just before the Hornby Island nest failed in 2006. In the tumult on their message board a few months later, I began watching the Pelican Harbor nest. (Heck - I think it was the picture I saw of EagleGuy.gif Dr. Sharpe that got me watching! tongue.gif ) I have followed this message board since 2006, but did not join until my older daughter applied for jobs with IWS in the fall of 2007. This is a wonderful group of people (thank heavens we have good screeners applause.gif for applicants), and I am honored to be a part of it all.

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Posted: Jun 24 2008, 08:46 PM


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Hi! my name is Kathie and I'm an eagleholic. I live in Oxnard, CA, across the Santa Barbara Channel from the beautiful and increasingly eagle-populated Channel Islands. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM but have lived in California for the last 30 years.

I'm a Civilian with the Navy at Point Mugu and one of the best things about working here is that we are in the middle of protected wetlands and a designated bird sanctuary. We won't go into how much of those wetlands were destroyed when the base was built here umpteen years ago! I take my daily walk at lunchtime around the lagoons, checking on all my avian buddies like the egrets, herons, hawks and yes, even the ravens. Once in a while I am even lucky enough to see an Osprey or Golden Eagle.

In 2006 there was a small article in the Ventura County Star announcing the first successful hatching of an eaglet on the islands in 50 years. I remember reading it, but never explored any further. Then in 2007 another article in our paper announced that the same pair of eagles on Santa Cruz Island had produced two eggs. This article included a web address for the IWS site so I decided to check it out. I was hooked. I started lurking on the forum and I watched the (then) SC nest cam as the destruction of one egg was revealed, as A-63 was hatched and raised by K-10 and K-26, and I laughed and cried along with all of you when our precious Limuw fledged.

And I mourned his passing with you too, but having never joined an online forum before I was too shy to participate further. I returned to my lurking in the spring of 2008 to discover that once again K-10 and K-26 had produced two eggs and I have watched the progress of Spirit and Skye with all the joy I felt with Limuw the year before. And when the unthinkable happened and the two young eaglets were attacked by a juvenile eagle and injured, I could lurk no longer; I had to DO something. I sent contributions for their medical bills and finally joined the forum as "iggle", which is what I called these magnificent birds as a child.

And here I am - one more eagleholic among many. I was priviledged to attend Spirit's and Survivor's send-off to the hacking tower at Island Packers in Ventura and thrilled to meet a few of you face to face. Hopefully, I will be able to attend many more Cruzer events and get to know you better as time goes on.

Thank you "old timers" for raising awareness of the plight of our national symbol to such a deep personal level for me and many others.

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Posted: Jul 31 2008, 06:50 PM


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I am Monica Metz Curry, have lived in Santa Barbara since 1972, am married to Tom Curry, and have a lovely stepdaughter, Briana, now in college at CalPoly SLO. Tom grew up in Santa Barbara. We have a sailboat and enjoy cruising around the Channel Islands. We love to see the eagles soaring over the islands and the ocean. We feel very fortunate that the islands are as intact and pristine as they are, a true local treasure. Tom is a roofing contractor and volunteered to repair the roof on the old winery building on Santa Cruz for the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. We also support the Nature Conservancy.
At home we live with a dog, Josh, and three parrots, two of which my husband rescued from a very bad situation at a roofing job. They are CoCo, Jurassic, and JoJo - that is why I am 'JoJo'sMommy'!

I work at UCSB as a housing specialist for a physics think tank, and have guided many of my international visitors to book trips to the islands, or to just log onto the eagle cam. I really enjoy reading the nest observations and appreciate the captures and videos that folks post, as I cannot really watch the nests all day. When I am not working, sailing, or watching eagles online, I play afrocuban percussion with a local group called 'Suenos Cubanos'.

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Monica,
Santa Barbara, CA





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Posted: Aug 2 2008, 11:11 PM


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laquilabella


Hello,

I live in Martinez, CA. My husband and I have lived here for 31 years. Before that we lived in Germany. We are retired old folks.

I have two children and three grandchildren. I am Japanese American and my husband is Swedish/German American. My family likes cats and birds. Each member owns either one or the other or both.

I found out about the IWS this spring when my daughter sent me the PH Cam address in her email.
She lives with three birds (her children as she is childless.)

My hobbies other than bird-watching are music and poetry. By the way, my name in Japanese means "beautiful bird."

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laquilabella/midori
Martinez, CA.






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Posted: Aug 24 2008, 01:06 PM


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Hi! My name is Jeanne and I live near New Paltz, N.Y. (USA) between two very beautiful areas - the Hudson River and the Shawangunk Ridge.
I'm a web developer and designer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where I've been a civilian employee for about 20 years. I've also worked at a daily newspaper as an editorial artist for five years, creating graphics, editorial cartoons, illustrations and even a courtroom sketch. My traditional art tends to be pen-and-ink and colored pencil, but I've been experimenting with watercolors, oils and acrylics lately. Life and work took me away from drawing for quite some time, so I'm happy to be reconnecting with that part of me. My avatar is currently an image of a red tail hawk from a drawing of mine called "Sister Hawke" (a reference to my favorite movie "Ladyhawke").

I'm an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy hiking, mountain biking and kayaking - and all of the camaraderie and good food and beverage that should go with it! I've always been interested in learning and understanding more about the natural world around me - especially birds, and raptors in particular. One day I was mountain biking and heard all sorts of bird songs and calls, and I decided I wanted to understand who was making them and what they were saying. So I learned to identify birds through sight, sound, flight and behavior, and in the fall I learned to identify silhouettes and distant black specks in the sky during fall hawk migration. That is usually when I see eagles around here - during the fall or spring migration.

I work on a computer all day, and I do hate to be cooped up in the office! So instead of listening to a radio, I searched the internet for a live eagle camera where I might be able to see and hear the outdoors from my office desk. That's how I happened upon the Channel Islands Pelican Harbor camera - a live Windows media stream with a lovely view of two bald eagles and the constant sound of birds and bugs and fresh air! My office was nicknamed the rainforest! I watched an eagle hatch for the first time (Star), and then axiously awaited the hatching and growth of the two eagle eggs that would become Spirit/Bobble and Skye/Wobble. And with the joys of "being there," so come the very hard sorrows. I will miss Skye especially.

It's been an incredible experience and opportunity getting to watch and "virtually experience" the lives of these most beautiful and majestic creatures!

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Posted: Feb 15 2009, 12:22 AM


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I am Linda Morton and I have been watching the eagles from Albuquerque, NM, where I have lived most of my life. I have been married to the same great guy since 1979, and have a 14.5 year old daughter. I am a CPA.

I first heard about the eagles at the PH nest via a local email list, in very early April 2008, very shortly after Skye and Spirit hatched. A couple of us in the office ended tax season that year by checking in with that nest several times a day. Before that point, I knew very little about Bald Eagles other than they were majestic birds. The only time I have seen one in real life is at the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge in south-central New Mexico, and that was always from some distance.

Along with many of you, I fell in love with Skye and Spirit, and was horrified to be watching as they were attacked in their nest. I watched through the fledging season in 2008, and became attached to many of the other eaglets, especially Gulliver and Miracle and Surprise. By the end of the 2008 season, I was pretty well hooked.

Through the months I have posted on the forum and have enjoyed all the others who post. I someday hope to be able to attend a Cruzer gathering in California! I am so happy that I found the eagles, and all of you!

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Posted: Apr 7 2009, 08:33 PM


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LeeGee


I am Lee and I live in Annandale, Virginia, near Washington, DC.

I was born in Ohio in 1938 but was taken in by grandparents at a very early age and spent my growing up years in Iowa. I went to Maryville College in Tennessee, majoring in Music Education and Voice. After graduation I worked in Missouri for a couple of years, then moved to Yuma, Arizona, where I married and had my first child. Since my husband worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, we moved around some, living in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where my second child was born, Los Angeles, California, and then moved to Virginia in 1974. I went back to school to obtain a degree and certification as a Music Therapist.

I have worked in various jobs from cornfields as a girl, to waitressing, teaching music in public schools, teaching piano at home and working in a residential facility for mentally disabled children and adults. My last job was as a music therapist working for a foundation that provides group homes for mentally disabled adults. I am now retired and enjoying it!

I love to sing and am currently in two choirs. One is the sanctuary choir at my church, which has about 40 members; the other is a 20 voice group that sings Broadway music in nursing homes and adult residences once a month. We don't mind acting silly and having fun, which means the residents usually have a good time too. I will probably sing as long as I live, though I now leave the solos to the young folks.

My children are a 45 year old son and a 42 year old daughter. My two grandsons are 7 & 9 and I love them dearly. They live several hundred miles away, so we don't see them as often as we'd like. My husband of 46 years & I have a beagle/dachshund mix dog named Rascal who's a rescue dog and a real sweetie.

I love to garden, love animals and being outdoors in good weather. I have some disabilities due to rheumatoid arthritis, but manage to do most things I want.

I heard about this web site a year ago and have so enjoyed watching these great birds and hearing their stories.

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Posted: Aug 23 2011, 12:37 PM


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Jane


Hi, my name is Jane and I live in Diamond Bar, CA., but was born in Omaha NE.

I have lived in CA. since 1965. I retired in 2005 and live with my husband who is also retired. We have been married 42 years and have one daughter. I love to read, garden, play tennis, hike, travel, and I am active in the womenís ministries at my church.

I have been watching the eagle cams and reading the NO since 2007. As with a lot of you, K-10 and K-26 are my favorites, but I love all the eagles. What I love about these eagle cams is that I have a chance to see how an eagle was meant to live Ö free. It is hard at times and there have been tears, but there has been laughter and a wonderful feeling of belonging to their world too. I have learned a lot about myself watching these eagles, especially about accepting things I cannot change and moving on.

I think all of you who post are terrific and I love your enthusiasm and humor. Dr. Sharpe and team are amazing and their dedication to the eagles is inspiring. I hope to post on the NO now and then, but Iím not one to sit for very long so we shall see.

I thank all of you who watch and post comments and videos and I thank all the IWS team for their dedication and for all those who are responsible for the Web cams that allow all of us to see part of the life of these amazing birds of prey.

Happy eagle watching.

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Diamond Bar, CA.




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Posted: Mar 10 2013, 06:49 PM


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kathieov13


I have lived in Oak View, California, for 25 years. I've been following this site since 2008, including the drama with Spirit and Skye, experiencing the successes and heartaches of eggs, chicks, and fledglings.

I have been a bird watcher for years and am lucky to live near open space with red shouldered hawks, red tail hawks, turkey vultures, great egrets, great blue heron, and many songbirds.

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Oak View, CA.




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