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12/27/22: Cams Back Online!
12/03/22: Connie Lays her first egg!
1st Egg Pip 1/9/23 @10:39am
CE9 Hatch: 1/10/23 @ 11:22am EST
Connick (CE9) 12 Week Old Rescue from Rat Poison and Falling from Nest:
The Captiva Eagle’s Nest has been around for over since 2007. It was once an osprey nest and was originally taken over by a pair of eagles, Connie & Joe*.
*Joe is not the current male, we have not seen joe since February of 2021.*
Current Pair: Connie & Clive
Lori Covert, the owner of the land, is an avid wildlife enthusiast and conservationist. She hired Window to Wildlife to install cams in 2018 for private viewing. The first year of the cams, Connie & Joe hatched two chicks, YoYo & Ma. Sadly, Ma did not make it. YoYo did successfully fledge!
In 2019, Window to Wildlife added 2 more cameras to the eagle's nest, along with an osprey camera on the same property. In 2019, Connie & Joe had two eaglets fledge: Cap & Tiva.
2020 was a bad year for everyone including the eagles. November 2020 Connie lay 2 eggs which both hatched in December 2020 and the eaglets were named Hope and Peace. Unfortunately, in January 2021 Hope & Peace which sadly passed away from rodenticide poisoning. A big thank you to CROW for helping facilitate testing and helping combat the use of Rodenticides on the islands. Later that year, Joe went missing and Connie found a new mate, Martin.
In February 2021, Joe went missing after a territorial battle. A new male was observed in February around the nest. After much persistence, Connie accepted him and became her new mate. He was named Martin.
In September of 2021, Connie returned with Martin to their nest but on October 14, 2021, Martin was challenged by another male eagle and lost to that male. Once again with much persistence, Connie accepted this male, and he was named Clive.
2 Eggs laid December 4th & 7th. Sadly they did not hatch. We suspect that there was not a lot of successful mating with the new male, Clive.
The season started out strong with lots of visits by Connie and Clive to the nest. Their bond was looking stronger. On September 28th, Hurricane Ian destroyed the Captiva & Sanibel Islands. Connie & Clive's nest was destroyed, along with major damage to the cam system. Window to Wildlife rebuilt the nest and cam system about 1 month after Hurricane Ian. Connie & Clive had started to build another nest about 450ft in another tree. We were unsure if they would return to the nest we rebuilt them, but thankfully they did. On December 3rd, Connie laid her first egg. We are unsure when the 2nd egg was laid due to corrupt video recordings. We had to rely on internal recordings as internet had not been restored by then. Internet and cam streams resumed back to normal on December 27th.
This camera has had a few great streaming and educational partners in the past. This year Window to Wildlife will exclusively stream the cameras to YouTube. We are partnered with CROW to help provide education and local rodenticide prevention.
Click here for more information about CROW.
Rodenticides (aka Rat/Mouse Poison) pose a significant risk to wildlife and pets. The most widely used rodenticides target vitamin K synthesis which is required for normal blood clotting to occur. When a rodent ingests rodenticides, death does not come swiftly. The toxins slowly build up in the rodent significantly reducing the animal’s ability to escape predators. If they don’t succumb to a predator first, they become an easy meal for a scavenger/predator once they pass away. An eagle, fox, or your pet isn’t going to pass up an easy meal when survival is at stake.
Rodenticide poisoning of wildlife has been going on for decades. The first rodenticides that relied on the toxins that unfortunately disrupt the natural process of blood clotting were developed in the 1940s and 50s. With the emergence of the internet and cameras, we are able to see the secondary effects of this toxin more frequently as it works its way throughout the food chain. It is a silent killer and often incredibly hard to identify. If identified, it is often too late to treat.
In 2021, Lori (owner of the cams) worked to educate and remove rodenticides from Captiva Island and adjacent islands. She was able to convince the largest pest control company on the island to cease their use of rodenticides. In addition, CROW is constantly educating the island’s residents and visitors about the danger of rodenticides and the alternative options they can utilize for effective pest control. People do not purchase rodenticides imagining that the toxins will poison more than just rodents. It is through education that we can empower the public to make the best choices for themselves and their local wildlife.
If you'd like to help the fight against rodenticides and rehabilitate wildlife in the Captiva Island area, please consider donating to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) by clicking HERE.
Nest Built: 2007
Nest Tree: Australian Pine
Nest Dimensions: Foot Long by 6 Feet Wide
Nest Height: ~75 Feet
Nest Work: 2022 the nest was blown down in Hurricane Ian. Rebuilt 1 month later.
Number of Fledges: 3 since the camera has been installed: 2018: YoYo, 2019: Cap & Tiva 2020: None 2021: None
Number of Eggs: 8 since the camera has been installed. Unknown before that time.
Number of Eaglets: 6 since the camera has been installed. Unknown before that time.
Number of Male Mates Connie has had: 3, Joe was first and longest mate and hasn't been seen since February 2021. Martin was second and took over March 2021- October 2021 & Clive is the current mate since October 2021.
Number of Cameras: 3, 1 PTZ (Overhead Camera), 1 Fixed View (Sideview Camera), 1 Long Range PTZ Camera.
Other Accessories: Lighting protection installed on the tree, 2 IR (night vision) illuminators, & 2 mics.
How to tell the difference between Connie & Clive:
Connie is a female which means she is at least 30% bigger than Clive, a male.
Connie currently has a distinct black dot/feather on the back of her head. This could change when she molts.
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