Sad News for the Golden Eagles at Smith Rock This Year

May 10, 2019

Volunteer Steve Lay sets up the scope for Geoff Babb to see the Golden Eagle nest on April 28, the day Babb is testing his offroad wheelchair  (the Advenchair)  on the Homestead Trail.

Volunteer Steve Lay sets up the scope for Geoff Babb to see the Golden Eagle nest on April 28, the day Babb is testing his offroad wheelchair (the Advenchair) on the Homestead Trail.

Just a couple of weeks ago we were encouraging you to take advantage of the scopes to see the Golden Eagles nesting set up at the Northern Point by volunteer and birder Steve Lay (AKA “The Snake Charmer of Smith Rock”). Hopefully you got a chance to take a peek at the activity then, as the eaglet has died sometime since then.

It’s been confirmed by both former Smith Rock Park Naturalist David Vick and Steve Lay that the parents have also left.

While we may never know what exactly happened this year, the past few years the park has been the birthplace to both Golden and Bald eaglets, sometimes in pairs of each, as well as Falcons and other birds of prey.

Park management takes protective measures to provide these magnificent creatures the space they need to nest at certain times of the year by closing their nesting areas at first sighting each spring to rock climbing and slacklining on walls where they have chosen to propagate. And the climbers and slackliners have respected these closures.

Thank you David and Steve for continuing to monitor the nesting activity each year and helping the rest of us enjoy and follow along with you. Sometimes it doesn’t always turn out the way we hoped, but it’s part of the mystery of nature. Let’s all do our best to keep it that way, and give the wildlife at Smith Rock the respect they deserve.