We have an end to our story and unfortunately an end to another eagle.
Ellen, the vet taking care of the young female eagle at the Animal Referral Hospital, conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of death. This is yet to be determined as further testing and analysis is currently underway.
Samples were taken to test for Beak and Feather disease, Persistent Organic Pesticides, as well as her general condition, to determine if there were any other viruses or other conditions present. Feathers were taken for the Feather Map project and for feather transplants, also known as imping.
She was not one of our resident birds, but an intruder, possibly looking for her own territory and a mate. It appears that our resident birds are healthy and uninjured.
So while her death is sad, we look to the silver lining that has allowed us to learn more and contribute to other research. She was a beautiful bird!