Ninety years ago, Golden Eagles were widespread throughout the United States. In 1937, a young boy hunting in Illinois took down this Golden Eagle. His parents brought it to a priest who preserved and mounted it for $3. As you can see from the photos, this Golden Eagle needs of a skilled taxidermist to refresh the animal to its former glory.
Cynthia Kelber inherited this Golden Eagle which had been displayed at her father’s home until his recent death. Many thanks to Cynthia for donating this Golden Eagle to Shipley Nature Center which will be displayed for awe and wildlife learning.
Shipley Nature Center provides some of the best year-round birding in Southern California. The mix of Oak Woodland, Torrey Pines, meadows, Riparian, Sycamore-Alder Grove and Coastal Sage Scrub habitats make Shipley one of the best places in Orange County to spot a variety of songbirds. There are abundant numbers of California native plants which supply nectar to hummingbirds and wrens. Old groves of Redwood Forest and Coast Live Oak attract foraging raptors. Mature willows around the natural, freshwater pond draw grebes, herons, coots and ducks.
Volunteers do a bird count on the last Friday of the month which is recorded on the bird board. There is also a Field Form for visitors to record sightings of birds. For information on volunteering for the bird surveys, visit our Volunteer page.
For the next generation of bird watchers and surveyors, we have purchased children’s binoculars as loaners during their experiences at Shipley to broaden their focus for bird identification and learning. That has been made possible by a grant from The Los Angeles Breakfast Club in the amount of $1,500 for environmental education.