Gawky teen eaglets (Photo: Luis Felipe Lozano)
Hi, golden eagle friends!
It’s nesting season for our eagles, and we’ve been busy monitoring the nests. We found three nests in northern Zacatecas with eaglets—nearly ready to fly. One of the nests had two eaglets, which is rare; it means that there’s plenty of food for both of them.
On one recent monitoring trip, we met Nayelli and her grandfather, José. José earns extra money by taking us and others up into the mountains to see eagles, and he protects them, too. He doesn’t show people where the nests are until he’s sure of their intentions. Nayelli is 11, and her grandpa takes her on all of his expeditions so she can learn the trade. She sees that conservation offers more possibilities to make a living than the other job options in her community (like selling firewood). This is an example of the story we want to tell about golden eagle restoration: to save the golden eagle, we need to save whole ecosystems, and this will have an important positive spillover for the people who live in the eagle’s habitat.
Another piece of exciting news: we’re going to install two cameras in golden eagle nests that will send us a live stream of the eagles as they lay eggs and raise their chicks. So, for the next nesting season, expect to hear from us about where you can watch the eagle nest!
We need your help to keep up our conservation work and create more stories like Nayelli’s; please, if you’re able, make a donation today.
Thanks again for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon.
Nayelli leading the way