May 31, 2019

Proof that families come in all shapes, sizes and species, three eagles – two dads and a mom – raised three, fluffy-feathered eaglets in a nest near the Mississippi River this past spring.

 According to the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, all three birds, Valor I, Valor II (dads) and Starr (mom), took part “in nest maintenance, incubation and raising the young.”

The refuge hosts a live webcam of the family, which is a rare example of an eagle trio cooperatively nesting and raising young together. While not unheard of, such trios have been documented only a few times, according to the National Audubon Society: in Alaska in 1977, in Minnesota in 1983 and in California in 1992.

SOURCE: Washington Post, 4/23/19