Eagle Antics on the Raptor Trail

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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. Bald Eagles are now housed in two interior enclosures with a new trail wrapping around the facility so that visitors can get a closer view of the four eagles on display. Savannah and Luke live in the left hand enclosure along with a legacy nest platform that was active from 2006 through the 2014 nesting season. Eggs have not been fertile at CRC since the aviary was reconfigured after the 2014 nesting season. Eagles Derek and Dante live in the right hand enclosure. The plan is for all of the Bald Eagles to live together on the Raptor Trail at Quest Adventure Center -- scheduled to be opened in 2019.

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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In 2016, the resident eagle pair fostered "Freedom," a Bald Eagle hatched at Dan Nicholas Park and fostered at Carolina Raptor Center. Follow Freedom online by downloading the Animal Tracker app from the iOS and Android app stores.

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.



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