It is since chemical contamination in the Santa Catalina Island has wiped out the iconic birds off the island several decades ago, this is for the third time, a bald eagle egg has hatched in the wild, according to conservation officials.
Ann M. Muscat, president and CEO of the conservancy informed that the last bald eagle egg was hatched in the wild on Catalina in the 1940s.
According to Catalina Island Conservancy officials, the eaglet emerged from its shell sometime late Friday or early Saturday, though its sex had not yet determined.
It was on the east end of the 76-square-mile island, which is located off the Los Angeles County mainland coast, the hatchling’s egg was laid. It was one of four laid last month, two of which hatched last week with the fourth expecting to hatch at any time, according to officials.
The parents of the hatchling are a 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old female. Both of them were hatched in captivity. Now, there are 23 bald eagles regularly on Santa Catalina, which also includes five nesting pairs.