HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- An eaglet born at the Carolina Raptor Center about six weeks ago was moved to a tower Thursday to learn how to live on its own.
The eaglet, named Kinsey by donors Jim and Deborah Secunda of Belmont, will stay in the "hack tower" until it's about 12 weeks old. At that time, it will be released.
Workers at the raptor center took Kinsey from the nest Thursday morning. They performed a medical checkup, took a DNA sample to determine the eaglet's sex, and then transferred Kinsey to the hack tower.
Kinsey is one of two eaglets born to parents Savannah and Derek in early March. The second eaglet died when it was about four weeks old. No cause of death has been determined.
Kinsey is not alone in the hack tower thanks to two eaglets that came to the raptor center this week. The eaglets are about the same age and officials at the Carolina Raptor Center hope they will all be able to learn to fly together.
While in the hack tower, staffers with the raptor center will feed the eaglets once a day while they get accustomed to the new environment. The eaglets will spend time flapping their wings to build up flight muscles. At about 12 weeks, the doors to the hack tower will open so that the eaglets can fly away.
Right now, the raptor center does not plan to place a tracking device on the eaglets.
The history of eagle nesting at Carolina Raptor Center began in 2006, when Savannah and Derek laid and hatched two eggs, resulting in the release of eagles Len and Lola into the wild. Since that time, Letha (2007) and Noah (2010) have been released back into their natural habitat. Tracking information still is available from Len, who has traveled up and down the East Coast and into Canada, and his sister, Lola, who appears to have nested in a large eagle colony in Alabama.