The Eagle Aviary

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Savannah and Derek, CRC's Bald Eagle nesting pair, have been laying eggs in a nest in the Eagle Aviary since 2005. Six of their chicks have been released back into the wild. Photo by Jay Robertson.

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There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. – Carl Sandburg

The Eagles Have It

The Betty J. and Stanley Livingstone Eagle Aviary was built in 1998 to house Carolina Raptor Center’s growing eagle population. Soon after that, Bald Eagle nesting pair Savannah and Derek started building a nest each year and laying eggs. In 2006, they hatched and released two chicks – Len and Lola – the first chicks hatched in captivity in North Carolina. In subsequent years, CRC has released four additional chicks back into the wild after hatching in the Eagle Aviary. In the past, CRC has partnered with WCNC to provide a unique look into this process rarely seen by humans through the WCNC EagleCam.

Golden Eagles share the Eagle Aviary with our Bald Eagles and give visitors a great look at the differences in size and shape of the two eagle species. Although Golden Eagles are rarely seen in North Carolina, many observers mistake juvenile Bald Eagles for Golden Eagles because Bald Eagles do not complete their white head and white tail until they are 5-6 years old.

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For More information on our Eagle species go to the Eagle category in our Bird Directory.

To Give Monthly to Adopt CRC’s Eagles, follow this link.


Read a note from our Curator of Birds and Programs, Natalie Childers, about eagle nesting here.

The Eagles Thank You

The Livingstone Eagle Aviary was built by volunteers and supported by the following corporations, organizations and individuals with financial or in-kind donations.

Asplundh Tree Service
Cheryl Benson
The Betty J. and Stanley Livingstone Foundation
Charlotte South Rotary Club
Len Chason
Davey Tree Company of Chantilly, VA
Ditch Witch
Duke Energy
J.A. Jones Construction
Martin Marietta
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department
Silverline Corporation
W.W. Moore Construction
Williams Electric Company