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  • In Memoriam: Frances Morrell                                                                                             May 2018 

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Frances Morrel on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.   Frances was the landowner for the pair of nesting Bald Eagles that we live-streamed from her Bluff City property the last two nesting seasons.  When we approached her with the request to live-stream her eagles she immediately and enthusiastically agreed to be part of our team.  Frances was not only the landlord for the Bluff City eagles, but also a treasured supporter who annually contributed to our eagle nest fund.   When viewers were asked to name our parent eagles, they overwhelmingly agreed that they should have no other names than Frances and Eugene (Eugene was Frances’ late husband.)

Kevin Brooks and I had the opportunity to visit her within the last two weeks and found her still excited about the eagles and happy to have been able to help share them with the world.  Her birds moved to a new nest site in November 2017.  Once the cameras are installed at the new site, we will be able to watch Frances and Eugene once again.   We are grateful for the opportunity to have known such a beautiful spirit.  Frances was a fine person who loved her eagles.  She will be missed.  -  Dr. Fred Alsop


  • 2/4/2018 Superbowl Sunday and the second egg!  The Johnson City pair now has two eggs - looking forward to the eggs hatching in early March.First Egg of 2018 JC


  • 2/1/2018 Earliest egg to date! The Johnson City nest has the first egg of the season. We are expecting another one in the next few days. Incubation is 35 - 38 days and hatching is expected the second week of March.


  • 1/9/2018 Cameras are livestreaming year round now! This year will be the first the cameras are continuous throughout the year.


  • 11/21/2017 Bluff City Camera – Raccoons were in the Bluff City nest and by the time the department was able to put up baffle to deter the raccoons it was too late. The eagles started another nest and abandoned the original site. The new homeowners have been contacted and cameras will be added in the summer 2018. The department is hopeful a red-tailed hawk or great horned owl will take over the nest.  
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