May 14 at 5:28pm

The Woodlands' eagles get ready for summer vacation

by Lorrie Parise

As residents of The Woodlands start planning their summer vacations, a patriotic American bird does too - the eagle. Hughes Landing, the 66-acre mixed use development on Lake Woodlands, is home to a pair of eagles and their eaglet. As the young eaglet fledges, the family of eagles prepares to migrate north towards Canada for cooler weather. They’ll begin their flight in June or July and return sometime between August and September.

Since 2000, eagles have nested in the community around Lake Woodlands, making their homes in East Shore, Hughes Landing and the Bear Branch Reservoir. 

"The eagles always nest around lakes or water because of the food source,” said Fred LeBlanc, Senior Environmental Manager for The Woodlands Development Company. "They are fans of the catfish and other water-related animals in Lake Woodlands and the reservoir. The pair of eagles that resides in Hughes Landing along with their eaglet are loyal to their home here and keep coming back.”

According to LeBlanc, the average life span of an eagle is 20 to 25 years. The female usually has one to two eggs with an approximate 34-day incubation period. The incubation usually begins in December or January, and the eaglet usually arrives by the middle of February.

Fun Facts:

·The Woodlands has been home to a total of 32 eaglets since 2000.

·Eagles typically have two nests. One is their primary nest, and the other may be hidden.

·An eaglet matures at five-years old.

·Eagles mate for life.

 

Topics

Landscaping, Commerical
Photo by Stephen Matovich Photo by Stephen Matovich

"The pair of eagles that resides in Hughes Landing along with their eaglet are loyal to their home here and keep coming back.” -Fred LeBlanc

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