EAST AURORA, NY- It's an eagle! The Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora says a 40-year-old female golden eagle and her 20-year-old mate have produced an unexpected chick they've named "Legacy".
After a combined 50 years in captivity, the pair of non-releasable golden eagles hatched their first offspring. According to the staff, due to their advanced age and life in captivity, the hatching was very much a surprise and offers hope for the declining golden eagle populations of the wild.
You can watch on line as "Legacy" grows up and is cared for by its attentive eagle parents. In August the eaglet will be driven to the Wild Bird Sanctuary in Missouri to join another young eagle for preparation before release during the fall migration.
It will be fitted with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band for identification prior to release into the wild.