Female Eagle Killed in Accident
The 15-year-old female eagle that had a following on the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam was struck and killed by an airplane earlier this morning at the garden according to garden spokeswoman Kelly Gaita.
“We are fairly certain that this is the Norfolk Botanical Garden female eagle due to her physical characteristics, size and the fact that she has not been seen at the nest since the strike,” said Reese Lukei, a research associate with the Center for Conservation Biology in a statement released by the gardens.
The eagle was struck by an US Airways flight from Philadelphia either flying over Lake Whitehurst or over the runway according to Airport Deputy Executive Director Robert Bowen in an article by The Virginian-Pilot.
Experts will keep an eye on the nest as the female had been tending to three eaglets.