Did Harriet the eagle lay her last egg?
Southwest Florida is celebrating everyone’s favorite eagle mom laying an egg, but could this be the last time Harriet does it?
If experts are correct, she’s nearing the end of her egg-laying cycle in life.
Dianna Flynt with Audubon says they’ve banded 648 eagles since 1979, but Harriet doesn’t have one, which makes talking about her age and her egg-laying future tricky.
“We don’t really know how old Harriet is. We’ve been seeing a female eagle around that area for 25 years but is it her? Not absolutely sure without a band,” Flynt said.
“If it is indeed her, she could be still productive, absolutely.”
Flynt says Harriet could have been “raising chicks for 20 of those years. That’s an amazing life if she did because it’s not common for eagles to survive to 25 years of age.”
The oldest banded eagle was 38 years old.
“How long will she be able to breed? I’m really not sure; she might still have another good five years in her,” Flynt said.
That would be another five years of some really cute eaglets – and lots of worldwide fans.
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